Named Best Musical of the 20th Century by Time magazine, Carousel was also Rodgers & Hammerstein’s favorite among their many works. The simple, tragic love story, based on the Hungarian play Liliom, is set in a coastal New England village around the turn of the last century and boasts some of American musical theater’s most enduring songs: “If I Loved You,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” to name a few. Although the main story is poignant, there are many light moments and colorful characters.
Two lost souls — brash carousel barker Billy and quiet mill worker Julie — fall in love and elope, with disastrous consequences. When Julie tells Billy she’s pregnant, he decides to participate in a robbery which ends with his suicide. From heaven, Billy watches his now teenage daughter Louise’s social ostracism. Given the chance to go back to Earth as a spirit, he eventually redeems himself, leaving behind a more hopeful Julie and Louise.
Auditions for secondary and ensemble roles will be held on August 5 and 7 with callbacks on August 10 at the Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth, MA. Details to follow.
Safety of the cast, crew and production team is key- we will monitor and follow evolving federal and state guidelines as well as best practices developing within the theater community. We have the benefit of learning from our friends at College Light Opera Co. who will be running shows in the Highfield Theater through the summer before we start our FTG season in September.
Please note that it will be Falmouth Theatre Guild’s policy that all members of our shows’ production teams (cast, musicians, stage crew) be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to participation in a show for the ’21-’22 season.
I recommend watching the “Live from Lincoln Center” video as opposed to the 1950s movie. We’re aiming for a realistic approach to the show: not the artificial “musical theater” acting style, but natural, believable characterizations.
The domestic violence issue will be handled with sensitivity, through simple changes to staging and delivery. -Laura Garner
All cast members will be required to act, sing and dance.
Ensemble music to review before auditions:
Ensemble dialog to review before auditions:
Note that the roles of Billy, Julie, Carrie, Enoch and Nettie were cast during auditions held in May, 2021.
JIGGER CRAIGIN (bass; 40s-?) is a greedy, self-serving con man who acts as a (bad) father figure to Billy. He has a sense of humor but it’s usually at someone else’s expense. Unquestionably the villain of the piece; few if any redeeming qualities.
MRS. MULLINS (30s-40s), an attractive but lower-class business woman, has been hardened by life but she has a soft spot for Billy that won’t quit. She doesn’t have any solos but will sing with the ensemble.
Dialog: Billy, Jigger, and Mullins
LOUISE BIGELOW (dancer; 15) inherited her rebellious spirit from both her parents. Although she’d love to fit in and be accepted, her stubbornness and outsider status keep her alone… and lonely. She needs acting chops along with excellent dancing skills.
Dialog: Louise and Billy
HEAVENLY FRIEND: An angel along the lines of Clarence Odbody in It’s a Wonderful Life, he guides Billy to correct past mistakes and redeem himself before he goes back to Heaven.
Dialog: Starkeeper and Billy
STARKEEPER: God, pretty much. A wise, all-seeing older person.
Dialog: Starkeeper and Billy
ENSEMBLE (all ages) is busy, lively, and diverse, with lots of individual singing and acting “bits.”