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Jacksonville Opera Theatre to perform a Rogers and Hammerstein II classic

04/16/2014

Jacksonville Opera Theatre is putting on a show. Not an opera though, because, as Macon Pricket says, “let’s be honest, nobody likes an opera.”

The show will first be performed at the Oxford Performing Arts Center and then will be moved from Oxford to Gadsden. Moving a show always involves a lot of work, but because the show will also have to move from the rehearsal area in Mason Hall to Oxford, it involves even more work when adapting the performance to the new stages.

‘Carousel’ is a Rogers and Hammerstein II musical written in 1945 and is an adaptation of a French play with a much more depressing ending.

The show centers on carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with a millworker named Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He attempts a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child but it goes wrong and he’s killed. 

Later, he is given a chance to make things right. 

A secondary plot deals with Julie’s friend and fellow millworker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with Enoch Snow. 

Pricket, a communication student with a minor in drama, says of the show, “Carousel is a tragic story filled with romance, drama, tragedy, yet also includes very encouraging and uplifting moments.”

Dr. Nathan Wight, director of the show and a professor in Mason Hall, highlights that this show teaches “never put off telling someone you love them.” It’s possible that you eventually won’t be able to tell them, so seize the day and tell them now.

Pricket plays Enoch Snow and says of his character, “Enoch Snow is very much one of the lighter, happier characters. He is very driven and doesn’t really fit into the typical male mold that the rest of the men of the town fit so perfectly.”

“I think audiences will learn not to take things to seriously or focus too hard on the future,” Pricket continues, “because you never know what lies in store and you don’t know if your idea of what you want will lead to happiness.”

Many people are put off by the idea of around two hours spent listening to music and that musicals have more cheese than a cheese cracker. 

Pricket, though, claims that “this show will completely change anyone’s mind. This show has everything you want to see- love, comedy, tragedy and will move you to tears and leave you feeling encouraged and full of love. It is an absolutely beautiful show.”

‘Carousel’ opens on May 2 at the Oxford Performing Arts Center and will be performed there on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The show will then be moved to Gadsden and will be performed at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center on Gadsden State’s campus on May 9th and 10th.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit juneisbustin.com.

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