Director - John Barlow
Musical Director - Derek Beck
Choreography - Louise Hodson
By Rodgers and Hammerstein
Carrie Pipperidge - Fran Stirrup
Julie Jordan - Kerry-Jayne Lilly
Mrs Mullin - Penny Bullough
Billy Bigelow - Iain Steel
1st Policeman - Colin Paice
2nd Policeman - Colin Thomas
David Bascombe - Hamish McDonald
Nettie Fowler - Carole Lilly
Enoch Snow - Graham Light
Jigger Craigin - Rick Bremner
Arminy - Sharon Kendrick
Captain - David Anderson
Heavenly Friend - Chris Milne
Starkeeper - Adrian Hickford
Louise - Lyndsay Smith
Enoch Snow Jr - Steven Lilly
Principal - Bob Jones
Dr Seldon - Adrian Hickford
Sue Aiken, David Anderson, Gill Beck, Clare Britton, Penny Bullough, Steph Crockford, Anne Croudass, Julie Edwards, Jill Fitzpatrick, Adrian Hickford, Jan Gwynne-Howell, Louise Hodson, Grace Honeysett, Tamsin Jacson, Bob Jones, Sharon Kendrick, Alan Matheson, Hamish McDonald, Chris Milne, Nicky Moore, Heather Reid, Gill Russell, Claire Smith, Colin Thomas, Mark Smith
Karina Bedford, Ellie Christie, Alexandra Cornes, William Farthing, Christopher Gleed, Victoria Gleed, Tabitha Ley Smith, Christopher Sullivan, Lucas Watkins, Luke Watson
THE Theatre Royal Winchester was treated to Winchester Operatic Society’s second production of Carousel this evening, Tuesday November 11.
The near full house was treated to a lively show full of fun, powerful and moving songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s well loved musical.
Carousel, directed by John Barlow, tells a darker tale than some – the bittersweet romance between the young, innocent mill-girl Julie Jordan (Kerry-Jayne Lilly) and the brutish fairground barker Billy Bigelow (Iain Steel) is tinged with tragedy. Many of the songs, choruses and dance sequences are modern classics – If I loved you, June is bustin’ out all over, When the children are asleep to name but three – and of course: You’ll never walk alone.
Kerry-Jayne Lilly gave a mesmerising performance as strong willed Julie Jordan. Her clear, strong voice was full of emotion and carried brilliantly really sharing the feelings of the character with the audience. Equally, Iain Steel was excellent as diamond in the rough Billy Bigelow and portrayed his character with charm and empathy. Not to be left out was sterling performance of Frances Stirrup as the adorable, simple and funny Carrie Pipperidge.
Being a Carousel virgin I felt at times the plot jumped about a little too much for me at times, but the whole production was executed with precision, professionalism, and most important of all, a sense of fun.
Winchester Operatic Society’s production of Carousel runs at the Theatre Royal Winchester until Saturday 15 November.