LEXINGTON, Ky.—Selected "Best Musical of the 20th Century," by TIME magazine, "Carousel" is the enduring effort to overcome prejudice, greed, and self-doubt. Transylvania's theater and music programs' production features 26 students in the classic roles and another 17 in the orchestra conducted by music professor Ben Hawkins. The beloved classic runs Thursday, May 15 through Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. Tickets are $10.
Written in 1945, "Carousel" was Rodgers and Hammerstein's second collaboration, following "Oklahoma!" in 1943. With an overture that is visually evocative as well as musically exciting, a love duet between two characters who never admit they are in love with each other and the suicide of a main character who is later seen in Heaven, "Carousel" has a strong set of real characters, a fast-paced plot and a powerful theme of forgiveness and redemption through genuine caring and love. The lyrics suggest a specific time and place, and Transylvania's sets, costumes and lights echo that New England atmosphere while also giving the production a transcendent and surreal mood.
"The basic concept I've been following in directing the musical is the need to find some balance between rigid conformity and absolute independence," said director and drama professor Tim Soulis. "There is much in the script to suggest that those who only conform to societal expectations are just as lost as those who seek total freedom. A carousel is fun, but also predictable and you have to get off to experience real life."
For more information, contact the public relations office at (859) 233-8120 or Tim Soulis at (859) 233-8163.