7pm Thurs 28th to Friday 30th April 2022

Venue: EEE Lecture Theatre (Room 1015), Building 32 University of Southampton Campus!, Southampton Highfield Campus

After two long years away from the limelight, LOpSoc are delighted to introduce our first live, in-person production since 2019's HMS Pinafore. We have joined forces with our sister society Showstoppers to produce Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. Named "Musical of the 20th Century" by Times Magazine, Carousel received unanimous rave reviews when it opened on Broadway in 1945. It is considered a foundational work on the path from opera to modern musical theatre, with Rodgers himself noting "There's much that is operatic in the music." We can't wait to welcome you all back to the Annex in the Spring of 2022!

In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the gentle 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 instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love.

Production Team

Director: Dan Williams
Assistant Director: Pin Hong Wong
Producer: Jenny Hadley
Producer: Immy Speck
Producer: Orin Cooley-Green
Assistant Producer: Ellie Muller
Assistant Producer: Freya Mason
Musical Director: Patrick Riley
Musical Director: Rachel Wells
Assistant Musical Director: Alba Alonso
Assistant Musical Director: James Warner
Graphic Designer : Charlotte Connelly
Supervising Director : Martha Fooks

Principal Cast

Jigger Craigin: Tom Bradford
Principal: India Browning
Billy Bigelow: Joe Chamberlain
Enoch Snow: Will Fieldhouse
Julie Jordan: Alicia Holland Pillado
Mrs Mullins: Talitha Jones
Captain: Amelia Kelly-Slogrove
Dr Seldon: Keziah Langdon
Policeman: Tristan Madeleine
The Starkeeper: Joshua Newby
Carrie Pipperidge: Ellena Potter
Nettie Fowler: Issie Roll
David Bascombe: Tom Rolph
Enoch Snow Jnr: Luca Simons
Louise Bigelow: Rosie Young