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Next Show – Carousel (March 2018)

Astwood Bank Operatic Society are pleased to announce our forthcoming show for 2018 will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel!

14th – 18th March 2018 at the Palace Theatre Redditch

Production Team

  • Producer/Director – Carole Massey
  • Assistant Producer/Director – Beverley Hatton
  • Musical Director – Kevin Dowson
  • Synopsis

    In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naïve millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent ‘up there.’ Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instils in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It’s easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s personal favourite.

    Key Dates

    • First Rehesral – 4th September at 7:30pm
    • Principal Auditon Workshop – Wednesday 13th September
    • Principal Auditions – Sunday 24th September
    • Childrens Auditions – Sunday 1st October
    • All events listed above will be at the the Church Hall of St George & St Matthias, Church Rd. Astwood Bank unless otherwise specified on our Facebook page.

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