Musical Theater

by

Rodgers and Hammerstein


March 31-April 2 and April 6-8, 2006
Watson Theater

Coker College Musical Theater presented the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "Carousel" in spring 2006. It was the largest musical theater production to date.

Touching on themes of love, hope and dignity, "Carousel" takes place in a coastal town in 1893 Maine. It tells the story of free spirit Billy Bigelow and his love, mill worker Julie Jordan. When Julie gets pregnant and Billy loses his job, he turns to crime in order to support his family. As a result, Julie and her child are left to fend for themselves, while Billy searches for redemption.

"Carousel" opened on Broadway in April 1945 and eventually ran for 890 performances. It was named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Time Magazine selected it as the Best Musical of the 20th Century in 1999. With such favorite songs as “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Rodgers and Hammerstein often claimed "Carousel" as their personal favorite.

The Coker College production of "Carousel" was directed by Serena Hill, adjunct professor of voice, with musical direction by Dr. Graham Wood, assistant professor of music, and choreography by Angela Gallo, assistant professor of dance.