September 7 - 24, 2011
A classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical with a
revolutionary new staging.

featuring "June is Bustin' Out All Over", "If I Loved You",
"You'll Never Walk Alone"
SHEILA LACASSE
GARETH CREW
LESLEY ANSELL
MALCOLM BYRNE
JOE CASCONE
Billy Bigelow
Julie Jordan
Carrie Pipperidge
Enoch Snow
Jigger Craigin
Nettie Fowler
Mrs. Mullins
Mr. Bascombe
Timony
Arminy
Two Girls:
Costumes
Lighting
Choreography by
Production Stage Manager
Directed by
CAST
JOECASCONE
FINNIE JESSON
CAROLINE MORO-DALICANDRO
PETER LOUCAS
DAVID HAINES
RENEE STEIN
SUSAN SANDERS
ERIC BOTOSAN
DEAN ADEMA
HOLLY BURTON
ELIZABETH ROSE MORRISS
KATIE RICHARDSON
Production Team
Louise
Enoch Jr.
Carnival Boy
School Principal
Heavenly Friend
Starkeeper
OLIVIA STUPKA
DEAN DEFFETT
JORDAN QUINN
LLOYD DEAN
JIM CANALE
LARRY WESTLAKE
and
ADAM BENATAR
ALISA BERINDEA
MIA BERINDEA
REBECCA BRIELL
KOBY LEE
MAX LEE
ZOE LEE
ANDREW LONG
DANNY SHATIL
TIFFANY STUPKA
PATRICIA BYRNE
LEAH DEFFETT
KERRY WILKINS
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is a show full of unique challenges with its mix of dark romantic drama and
fantasy. Richard Rodgers created a score of near-operatic dimensions, and Hammerstein’s book and lyrics vividly
bring these characters to life. The Civic Light Opera Company’s production of this classic musical as staged by
Joe
Cascone is beautifully executed.

For starters, this
Carousel has an imaginative look. The costumes, designed by Sheila Lacasse are an ingenious palette
of sepia tones which, when accentuated by
Gareth Crew’s lighting design create a highly appropriate sepia-toned look
for this late 19th century story.

The focused story-telling begins with the opening “Carousel Waltz” sequence, set at an amusement park where the
barker Billy Bigelow (played by Cascone) first meets the shy mill girl, Julie Jordan (played by
Finnie Jesson.)  These
two performers give such honest and natural performances that we are frequently left with the sense we are spying
on some very private conversations. This is particularly evident in the famous “bench scene” which introduces the
song, “If I Loved You.”

Jesson has a beautiful singing voice and brings a resigned sadness to her second act solo “What’s the Use of Wond’
audience when Billy behaves badly towards Julie, just as the authors intended. He also delivers a profoundly well sung
and acted version of the score’s famous “Soliloquy” which shows Billy’s softer side as he revels in the prospect of
becoming a  father.

Caroline Moro-Dalicandro offers an invigorating performance as Julie’s friend Carrie Pipperidge. Her first act song
about her blossoming romance with herring fisherman Mr.  Snow clearly delineates both her character and his. Snow
is portrayed here by
Peter Loucas, who makes this very straitlaced man more amusing than irritating.

David Haines tries a similar approach to the villainous Jigger Craigin, showing the more juvenile aspects of the
character as displayed by his vicious barbs aimed at the Carousel owner Mrs. Mullin (played with a deliciously nasty
edge by
Susan Sanders.) As Julie’s Cousin Nettie, Renée Stein delivers a stirring rendition of “You’ll Never Walk
Alone,” providing support for the grieving Julie.  

The musical values are well taken care of here, and utilizing a two-piano arrangement adapted from the original
orchestration and well-played by Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill and Stephanie Martin, joined by bass player Jordan Quinn
who steps into the role of the Carnival Boy who romances Billy and Julie’s teenaged daughter, Louise (touchingly
played by
Olivia Stupka) in the second act beach ballet.  Here, once again, Cascone and choreographer Lesley Ansell
keep the dance focused on story and character development and the ballet is one of the productions many highpoints.

In short, this is an exceptionally well-acted and sung production of
Carousel, and should not be missed.