Monday, April 28, 2014

Carousel - What a wonderful experience!

  Our production of carousel has closed and is struck.  The carousel itself was a true piece of art.

   This crew and this cast were so nice to work with.  Oh, I will not say they were perfect, there were folks who were often late to rehearsal, or missed a costume fitting, but overall, for a cast of 41 actors, they were wonderful.  The best part was they actually liked each other.  They got along; there were no egos getting in the way.  The several of the principal characters volunteered their time stitching in the costume shop.   When the children were plugged into the rehearsals, the older actors took them under their wings.  It was lovely to behold.  
    As for the performances, well,  I attended opening night and the second performance, and there were sobbing audience members at each.  It was touching, and romantic, and melodramatic;  pure Rodgers and Hammerstein escapism, and I loved every minute of it!
    So, here are a few shots of the costumes to give you an idea of what I have been doing and how it turned out.  Is it exactly what I wanted?  No, I would have liked another two days to finish all the trim, but it was a reasonably nice looking show. 
The prologue - At the carnival

Villagers enjoying the carnival - Prologue

Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow - If I Loved You
Jigger Craigin
Mr. Bascombe, Officer Timmony, Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan
Billy Bigelow and Mrs. Mullin

This Was a Real Nice Clambake
Carnival Boy and Louise

Five of the nine Snow children
Carrie telling Julie about "Madcap Maidens"

Billy and Louise

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