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   from the issue of March 27, 2008

  Rodgers and Hammerstein musical plays April 4-5

Student cast readies for 'Carousel'

The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts has joined forces with the Lied Center for Performing Arts to present Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel." This award-winning musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 4 and 5 at the Lied Center.

Pre-performance talks will be given by Alisa Belflower, senior lecturer in the School of Music and musical director for "Carousel," at 7 p.m. each evening in the Lied Center's Steinhart Room. Seating is limited.

"Carousel" tells a story of the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, who captivates and marries naïve mill worker Julie Jordan. In a cruel twist of fate, Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant.

Desperate to provide for his family, Billy is coerced into becoming an accomplice to a crime.

"Carousel" was originally performed in April 1945 at the Majestic Theatre in New York City, and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical of 1944-1945. The 1994 Broadway revival of "Carousel" received five Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival.

For this performance, the UNL student cast is being led by faculty and staff from the School of Music and Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Directing the production is William Shomos, with musical direction by Belflower. Tyler Goodrich White will direct the UNL Symphony Orchestra. Other members of the production staff include: Susan Levine and Stephen Todd, choreography; Janice Stauffer, costume design; Mark Putman, sound design; Scott Parker, lighting design; Wendy Jo Beckwith, technical design, Brad Buffum, production stage manager; and Mark Morton, scenery design.

Tickets are $32 and $28; half price for UNL students with a valid NCard and youth age 18 and younger. For more information, go to or call 472-4747.

"Carousel" is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals,



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