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Presented by The Barn Stage Company, in association with Temecula Presents, this gorgeous production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Carousel in Concert take the Old Town Temecula stage for 3 nights only! A collaboration with the Temecula Valley Symphony puts a beautiful 32 piece orchestra directly on stage for all to enjoy! The show runs one weekend, March 3, 5 & 6, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater in Old Town Temecula. Glorious songs, a postcard New England seaside setting and a spiritually uplifting story of love and redemption have kept Carousel among the most beloved American musicals ever created. Carousel will be directed by J. Scott Lapp, with Musical Direction by John Mario Di Costanzo and choreography by Gary Iversen.
One In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent ‘up there.’ Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It’s easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein‘s personal favorite.
“While the songs of Carousel – including “If I Loved You” and the hymn-like “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – have endured for their richness and quality, director J. Scott Lapp says it’s the emotional complexity that takes the show to another level and makes the musical a deeply rewarding audience experience, that and getting to work with a 32 piece symphony made this an exciting project we knew we had to produce.”
The show is performed by an all-star-cast from all over Southern California! Ciarán McCarthy joins the cast as Billy Bigelow. Born in Dublin Ireland, Ciarán trained in New York at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He was seen in the 1st National Tour of The Wedding Singer, and is also a major player in the For The Record Series out of Los Angeles. In the role of Julie Jordan, is Heather Lundstedt O’Neill. Audiences may remember Heather as Brenda Strong in Catch Me If You Can, or as Marian Paroo in The Music Man at Moonlight Amphitheatre. Emily Lopez plays Julie’s best friend, Carrie Pipperidge. Emily recently starred as Carrie in the reimagined, immersive Carrie the Musical in Los Angeles to great acclaim. In the role of Enoch Snow is Jason Webb (Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Captain Walker in The Who’s Tommy and Bobby Child in Crazy for you). Vonetta Mixson joins the cast as Nettie Fowler. Previous credits include Sylvia in All Shook Up with Moonlight, Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! and Motomouth Maybelle in Hairspray. The rest of the company includes Tracy Ray Reynolds, John Campbell, James C. Mulligan, Grandison M. Phelps III, Randy Ingram, Miranda Rose, Jonathan Sharp, Nicholas Alexander, Jerry Alexander III, Courtney Daniels, Johnny Fletcher, Ally Lawton, Luke Monday, Maureen Russell, Emily Chelsea, Leif Corbeil, Karin Gittins, Jack Taylor French, Lori Eve Marinacci and Ethan Park.
RUN DATES | TIMES: Opens on MARCH 3 at 8pm, Saturday, March 5 at 8pm and Sunday March 6 at 2pm. LOCATION: The Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA. 92590. TICKETS: $30/$45/$60. Can be purchased by visiting www.TheBarnStageCompany.com or www.TemeculaTheater.org or by calling the Old Town Community Theater Box Office at 1-866-653-8696.