St. Mel’s Musical Society have been entertaining the people of Co Longford and surrounding areas for many, many years and this tremendous tradition continues with their latest production of Carousel. The Rodgers and Hammerstein traditional classic features the well-known songs “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, “If I Loved You” and “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over”.
The show, directed by Leonard Anderson, opens in Backstage Theatre this Friday night, April 20th, and runs for a total of eight performances until Saturday April 28th (curtain nightly 8pm).
Playing the leading roles in Carousel are Kevin Gormley (Billy Bigelow) and Deirdre McCabe (Julie Jordan) while other principal parts will be performed by Deirdre Leavy (Carrie Pipperidge), David Flaherty (Jigger), Aideen Mulligan (Nettie Fowler) and Tony Wadd (Enoch Snow).
Liz Leavy (Mrs Mullin), Benny O’Brien (Starkeeper) and 16-year-old Heather Moore (Louise) will also feature in prominent character roles. A total cast of 61 will appear on stage in Carousel, ranging in age from 6 years to 66 years and this is certainly a show for all the family.
Leonard Anderson is also the choreographer for Cabaret (assisted by the Dance Captain Sylvia Johnston, who is also a cast member) while musical director is Longford native Fintan Farrelly and a lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes in the build-up to the much eagerly awaited annual musical.
The story of the show (beginning in Maine USA, 1873) revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with mill worker Julie Jordan comes at a price of both their jobs. He attempts a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child and when it goes wrong, he has a chance to make things right. A secondary plot line deals with mill worker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow.
Tickets are available for the unmissable production of Carousel, on sale at the Backstage Theatre Box Office (043-3347888), but immediate booking (particularly for the Sunday performance) is advised to make sure of your seat for the show. Tickets also available at Farrell Coy and booking also online at www.backstage.ie
Ticket prices: Friday April 20th – All Seats e15; Saturday April 21st – All Seats e18; Sunday April 22nd – All Seats e15; Tuesday April 24th – Seats e18/e13. All Seats e18 for the performances on Wednesday April 25th, Thursday April 26th, Friday April 27th and Saturday April 28th. Please note that there is no performance on Monday April 23rd.