1957 - 1958

Carousel

Billy Bigelow, the Yankee reincarnation of Molnar's Hungarian "Liliom", is barker for a carousel at an amusement park in a coastal New England town.  The time is 1873.  Julie Jordan, shyest and sweetest of the small-town girls, and her best friend, Carrie Pipperidge, both of them workers in the local mill, visit the park and ride on its carousel on their free Saturdays.  Carrie is blissfully happy because she is engaged to marry the worthy Enoch Snow, older than herself but eminently respectable. Julie, on the other hand, is strangely attracted to the rough, inarticulate and lonely Billy, and, as was inevitable, the two are married. Julie does so against the warnings of the townspeople and the mill owner, Mr. Bascombe, who knows Billy's reputation with women and with money.  Billy defiantly ignores the wishes of the owner of the carousel, Mrs. Mullin, a woman violently and jealously in love with him.  He thereupon loses his job, becomes desperate, bullies his wife, and rages bitterly - until he learns that he is to become a father. To get money to bring up the coming child (of whom he is magnificently proud in prospect), he is persuaded against his will by Jigger Craigin, a shiftless sailor friend, to take part in a robbery.  Their ill-laid plans go awry, leading to murder, whereupon Billy kills himself to avoid capture.  Julie's heart is broken, although she admits to Carrie that it's better for all this way, and she turns to one of the older women, Nettie Fowler, for comfort and advice during the trying time ahead.


After fifteen years of Purgatory, Billy stands at the back-door of Heaven, escorted by a Heavenly Friend.  Here he meets the Starkeeper who informs him that he will never get into Heaven until he redeems his soul.  He is given a chance, he is allowed to return to Earth for twenty-four hours, during which time he must perform one good deed.  Billy is given a glimpse of his daughter, Louise, now an unhappy fifteen-year-old, living always in the shadow of her father's unsavory reputation.  He steals a star to give to her when he arrives on Earth. Awkward and blundering, he cannot persuade the little girl to accept the gift; he is angered by her refusal, and slaps her.  Strangely enough, she is not hurt - his love transcends his roughness and the slap feels like a kiss.  At her graduation exercises, Billy manages to whisper words of comfort and hope that free the child from her unhappiness, and Julie, feeling his spirit near, realizes that, in spite of everything, she did not make a mistake in marrying the man of her choice.


Dramatic Director: Michael McKay

Musical Director: E.J. Robbins, L.G.S.M.

Choreographer: Nesta Toumine

Cast

Charlotte Ireland

Carrie Piperidge

Earl Crowe

Enoch Snow

Fred D. Gault

Enoch Snow Jr.

Gerry Desbiens

Carnival Boy, Dancer

Gordon Mersereau

1st Policeman, Chorus

Hugh Petrie

Starkeeper, Dr. Sheldon

Jack Paris

Juggler

Janet Smith

Mrs. Mullins

Jim Harker

Captain, Chorus

Jim Terrell

Jigger Craigin

Joan Burnside

Nettie Fowler

Joan Hampton

Julie Jordan

John Clark

Billy Bigelow

Len Holt

Heavenly Friend

Mitzie Fancott

Louise

Peter Jennings

2nd Policeman, Chorus, Dancer

Pierre Landry

Boatswain, Chorus

Robert Edgington

David Bascombe

Sally Weltman

Arminy, Chorus

William Wright

Principal, Chorus

Bonnie Tanguay

Snow Child

Brigit Newman

Snow Child

Carol Barrett

Snow Child

Celia Lang

Snow Child

Christine Beckett

Snow Child

Margaret Campbell

Snow Child

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Snow Child

Midgie Koffman

Snow Child

Audrey Jordan

Chorus

Carol Craig

Chorus

Donald Graham

Chorus, Dancer

Dorothy Beale

Chorus

Dorothy Gough

Chorus

Jean Halley

Chorus

Jean Sandys

Chorus

Jean Wheeler

Chorus

Joan Tanguay

Chorus

John McGuire

Chorus

Keith Harris

Chorus

Marion Wilcox

Chorus

Martha Drolet

Chorus

Mary Allen

Chorus

Maurice Trottier

Chorus, Dancer

Norma Coll

Chorus

Norman O'Connell

Chorus

Pamela Billington

Chorus

Peggy McCallum

Chorus

Robert Hancock

Chorus

Robert Knapp

Chorus

Russell Yapp

Chorus, Dancer

Ruth Knapp

Chorus

Strathearn Wilson

Chorus, Dancer

jean Latremouille

Chorus

Arlene Montgomery

Dancer

Bernice Thornton

Dancer

Beverley Bourguignon

Dancer

Bill Dick

Dancer

Celia Lang

Dancer

Fred Braun

Dancer

Jackie Collier

Dancer

Joan-Ann Jamieson

Dancer

Joanne Ashe

Dancer

Nicole Belanger

Dancer

Paulette St. Amour

Dancer

Roy Poulin

Dancer

Scotty McDougall

Dancer

Sharon Empringham

Dancer

Sheila Dowd

Dancer

Suzanne Bourguignon

Dancer

Toni Layton

Dancer

Production

Bob Glass

Publicity Co-Chairman

C.S. Polowin

Programme Layout

Christine McCulloch Allan

Benevolent, Make-Up Chairman

Chuck Polowin

Programme Co-Chairman

Daisy Mae Checkley

Assistant Business Manager

Dorothy Gough

Social and Entertainment Chairman

George Palmer

Stage Director

Jean Halley

Programme Co-Chairman

K.L. Meyer

House Manager

Malabar

George Palmer

Mary Barrette

Costumes Chairman

Michael Rees

Workshop Chairman

Robert Edgington

House and Maintenance Chairman

Ronald M. Craig

Business Manager

Rose McCallum

Property-Mistress

Russell Yapp

Publicity Co-Chairman, Programme Cover

S. Toumine

Costume Designer

W.E. Fancott

Scenery Director

Winifred Canty

Accompanist

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