Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Ferenc Molnar’s Play “Liliom” as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Original dances by Agnes de Mille
Orchestral reduction by Larry Blank
Based on the original by Don Walker
Directed by Susan H. Schulman
Choreographed by Michael Lichtefeld
Far ahead of its time in confronting the issues at the heart of a troubled relationship, this wrenching musical drama features a luscious score that includes “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “If I Loved You” and “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over.”
This production is dedicated to the memory of director and choreographer Brian Macdonald.
Carousel addresses mature themes, including the issue of spousal abuse without any on stage depiction. This production uses gunshots and fog effects. Smoking is depicted with e-cigarettes.
Production support is generously provided by Cec & Linda Rorabeck.Support for the 2015 season of the Avon Theatre is generously provided by the Birmingham family.
2015: Jigger Craigin in Carousel and Pericles in The Adventures of Pericles. 10th season. Stratford: Member of inaugural Conservatory. Edgar (King Lear), Titania/Oberon (Dream), Count Bellair (The Beaux' Stratagem), Tom Joad (The Grapes of Wrath), Roger (The Little Years), Lucius (Titus Andronicus), Petruchio, Mercutio, The Swanne, Elizabeth Rex. Elsewhere: Black Stache (Peter and the Starcatcher) (WCT); Dumptsy (Idiot's Delight), Jamie (Long Day's Journey…) (Soulpepper); William Burke (Bloodless) (Theatre 20); Yvan (Art) (Canadian Stage); Macduff (Macbeth) (Chicago Shakespeare); Betty/Edward (Cloud 9), Khashoggi (We Will Rock You), Aragorn (Dora nomination - The Lord of the Rings) (Mirvish). Shaw Festival: Dick Dudgeon (The Devil's Disciple), Stanhope (Journey's End), Lomax (Major Barbara), Jack Worthing (…Earnest), Octavius (Man and Superman). Film/TV: Bitten, Brainwashed, The Listener, Nikita, Copper, Ubisoft. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers, Tony Van Bridge, Tyrone Guthrie awards. Et cetera: He thanks his parents and friends and hopes you enjoy the show.
2015: Appears in The Sound of Music and Carousel. Sixth season. Stratford: Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, West Side Story, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Music Man, Moby Dick. Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar (Dodgers). Elsewhere: Snow White (Ross Petty Productions); Shrek The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Grand Theatre); White Christmas, Sweet Charity, Dance Legends (Drayton Entertainment); We Will Rock You (Mirvish); Anne of Green Gables, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); The Waiting Room, Verb.atim, Rain (Helix Dance Project). Training: Advanced certificates in RAD, CDTA and ADAPT syllabi. Banff ballet school, RWB School, and an alumnus of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Et cetera: Matt is grateful to be back this season, and so lucky to share the stage with his niece Zoë. "Much love and peace. Enjoy the shows!"
2015: Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music and appears in Carousel. Second season. Stratford: Pinball Lad in Tommy and appeared in Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Johnny alternate in Green Day's American Idiot (first U.S. tour); Hank Majewski in Jersey Boys (Dancap); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown); Young Gil in The First Wives Club (Broadway Workshop); Bobby in Cabaret (Theatre Aquarius). Film/TV: Captain von Trapp in the Disney movie The Pacifier starring Vin Diesel. Recordings: Breathe In, a recording of original songs he wrote and recorded with his father. Training: Etobicoke School of the Arts. Online: Twitter: @GabrielNacci. Et cetera: Gabe is so excited to be back at the Festival. So much love to his wife, Robin, and dogs, Isabella and Sophie. Thanks to his family for their unending support and love.
2015: Carnival Boy in Carousel and appears in The Adventures of Pericles. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: North American Broadway tour: Movin' Out; Drayton Entertainment: Twist and Shout, Damn Yankees and Dance Legends; Canadian Opera Company: Don Quichotte. Film/TV: American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight; Rise, Shaftesbury Films. Training: Alex grew up dancing at his family-owned dance studio, Dean/Black School of Performing Arts. He attended Wayne State University as a BFA candidate, and was a talent scholar and Maggie Allesee Award recipient. Et cetera: Alex would like to thank his wife, Rochelle, family and friends for their love and support.
2015: Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music and appears in Carousel. 10th season. Stratford: Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, The Duchess of Malfi, The Brothers Karamazov, Richard III, Peter Pan, Present Laughter, King of Thieves, Measure for Measure, Sticks and Stones, My Fair Lady, The Threepenny Opera, The Count of Monte Cristo, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Swanne. Elsewhere: Venus in Fur (Theatre Kingston); Assassins (MTC/TIFT); Tom's A-Cold (NextStage); This Is How It Goes, Sweeney Todd (Neptune); Wizard of Oz, Gatsby, Einstein's Gift (Grand); Joseph..., Christmas Story, Les Misérables (WCT); Treasure Island (TNB); Othello (SLSF); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Touchmark); Sweeney Todd, …Frog and Toad (STC); Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad, Hay Fever, The Red Priest (Thousand Islands); Sticks and Stones, The Mikado (NAC); Beauty and the Beast (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Romeo and Juliet (Resurgence). Training: Queen's University, Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: "For MWC."
2015: Appears in Carousel and understudy in The Sound of Music. Eighth season. Stratford: Assistant choreographer: Man of La Mancha, West Side Story (2009). Actor: Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, A Funny Thing Happened..., The Music Man, Fuente Ovejuna, Gigi, West Side Story (1999), The Tempest. Elsewhere: Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); A Funny Thing Happened... (Mirvish); In the Heights (assistant director and choreographer, Theatre Sheridan); Mary Poppins (Theatre Aquarius); The Voice of the Turtle (CTF); Cats, White Christmas, Beauty and the Beast (Neptune Theatre). Film/TV: Roxana (Bravo), Hairspray, Eloise at the Plaza, The Music Man, Get Over It, Interstate 60. Other: "Thanks to the Talent House gang. As always, for Randy and my family."
2015: Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music and appears in Carousel. 10th season. Stratford: Patricia Fodor (Crazy for You), Housekeeper (Man of La Mancha), Minister's Wife (Tommy), Greek Chorus (Elektra), Nimue (Camelot), Lilli Vanessi/Kate (Kiss Me, Kate), Max (Cabaret), Louise/Gypsy (Gypsy), Angelique (The Imaginary Invalid), The Merry Wives of Windsor, Evita, The Bacchae, Our Town, Carousel, HMS Pinafore, World of Wonders. Elsewhere: Original Toronto companies of Mamma Mia!, The Lord of the Rings, The Who's Tommy, Crazy for You, Cats, The Rat Pack, Joseph… (also U.S. tour). Favourite credits include Miss Andrew/The Bird Woman (Mary Poppins) (Theatre Aquarius); two years as Donna Sheridan (Mamma Mia! - U.S. tour); Ulla (The Producers), Victoria Grant (Victor/Victoria) (Stage West); Susie (Lady Be Good) (MTC); Babette (Beauty and the Beast) (Neptune/Arts Club); Judy Haynes (White Christmas) (Arts Club); The Mikado (NAC). Originally from Charlottetown, she spent four seasons with the Charlottetown Festival.
2015: Baron Elberfeld in The Sound of Music and Policeman in Carousel. Sixth season. Stratford: Pedro, Man of La Mancha; Custus, Crazy for You; Ernst Ludwig, Cabaret; Rolf, The Sound of Music (2001); Jean-Paul, Gigi; The Trojan Women; Love's Labour's Lost; My Fair Lady; Inherit the Wind; The Threepenny Opera. Elsewhere: Gus/Growltiger, Cats (NuMusical Productions); Mary Poppins, U.S. national tour (Disney Theatricals); Dwight, Queen for a Day (April 30th Entertainment); Jerry, The Full Monty (Theatre Aquarius); Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Boolie, Driving Miss Daisy (Starbright Festival); Leo, Leo the Royal Cadet, and Strephon, Iolanthe (Toronto Operetta Theatre); Simeon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Stage West); Robert, Betrayal (DIY theatre); Bill Sykes, Oliver!, and Giles, The Mousetrap (Port Hope Theatre); Dr. Carrasco, Man of La Mancha (Saidye Bronfman Centre). Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Windsor.
2015: Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music and appears in Carousel. Third season. Stratford: Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Casilda in The Gondoliers. Elsewhere: London Road, The House of Martin Guerre, Passion (Canadian Stage); Falsettos (Acting Up Stage); Side by Side by Sondheim (Grand Theatre); Swimming in the Shallows (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre/Theatrefront); Anything That Moves (Tarragon Theatre - Dora Award); A Streetcar Named Desire (ATF); The Glass Menagerie (PTE); Blithe Spirit (Theatre Aquarius); My Fair Lady (Neptune Theatre); eight seasons with Shaw Festival, including Mack and Mabel, Tristan, The Constant Wife, Happy End, Floyd Collins, Three Men on a Horse, The Coronation Voyage, Easy Virtue, She Loves Me. Upcoming: Dot in Sunday in the Park with George (Talk Is Free Theatre). Et cetera: Glynis lives in Stratford with her son, Emrys, and husband, company member Mike Nadajewski.
2015: Appears in The Sound of Music and swing in Carousel. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Sound of Music (Aquarius); Third Spirit in The Magic Flute, Amore in L'incoronazione di Poppea, seven seasons with Artists of Atelier Ballet, including tours to the Royal Opera House and Salzburg Festival (Opera Atelier); Bach Mass in B minor (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra); Toronto All-Star Big Band. Film/TV: Magic Flute Diaries (Sullivan Entertainment). Recordings: Shrek's Fairytale Kingdom (DreamWorks/Capcom); UFOs: A Secret History (History Channel). Training: BMus, Masters of Musicology, University of Toronto; School of Atelier Ballet. Awards: Musical and academic scholarships, University of Toronto; SSHRC; OGS. Et cetera: "Thanks to my family and friends for your unconditional love and ongoing support, Ken for providing a solid artistic foundation in music, Jeannette and Marshall for introducing me to the stage and mentoring me over many, many years, and Rachel at NCA for the encouragement!"
2015: Appears in Carousel. Second season. Stratford: Ten-year-old Tommy in Tommy. Elsewhere: Nathan (The Full Monty) and ensemble (Bye Bye Birdie) (KWMP); Ten-year-old Tommy (Tommy) (St. Mary's High School, KW Glee junior group). Conor has also performed for three terms with KW Glee seniors, most recently with the KW Symphony at the Centre in the Square. He was honoured to be nominated in the Leading Edge category of the KW Arts Awards last year. Et cetera: Conor attends St. Mary's High School, which is where he first realized his love for the stage. Conor is thankful to his family, friends, vocal coach Eric Da Costa and the cast and staff at KW Glee for their mentorship, teaching and friendship. And, of course, to God, who made it all possible.
2015: Appears in Carousel. Second season. Stratford: The Merchant of Venice. Elsewhere: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Kyle in Despicable Me (Acting Out). In 2012, Maddox performed in Ti Eller's The Legend of the Sand Dancer with music and lyrics by Wendy Ewert and Thomas Murray. He has participated in music festivals in musical theatre, classical and pop voice categories. Training: Maddox studies piano and voice, and also enjoys hockey and baseball. Awards: Maddox was the recipient of the R.F. Polley trophy and a Jack or Jill Award. Et cetera: Maddox is beyond thrilled to be back for another season, working with amazing people. "Thank you to friends and family, especially big sisters Aveleigh and Neilla, for their inspiration and support. Extra special thanks to Wendy. Enjoy the show!"
2015: Appears in Carousel. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Frog in Ballet Jörgen's Nutcracker, 2014 (Centre in the Square); Glynnis in Those Camelot Days (The Registry Theatre); The Jazz Room Singers Showcase. Training: Voice with Ms Amanda Brunk of The Singer's Theatre; dance training and piano lessons with IN.MOTION School of the Performing Arts; grade three student at École Élémentaire Catholique de Mère-Élisabeth-Bruyère. Evlyn is bilingual. Awards: Evlyn is a first overall winning soloist at six Ontario dance competitions. Evlyn is the recipient of the Disney Intensive scholarship 2014.
2015: Appears in Carousel. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Wind in the Willows (Alternative Theatre Works); Flounder in The Little Mermaid, Wendy in Peter Pan and, most recently, Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Avon Public School operettas, 2012-2014). Awards: Avon Public School ensemble first-place finish at the Kiwanis Festival, 2014. Et cetera: Hannah is thrilled to be part of the Stratford Festival this season, working with so many others who share her passion for singing. Hannah would like to thank her Mom and Dad, sister Heidi, Grandma and Grandpa, music teacher Mark McIntosh and all of her friends for their continued love, encouragement and support.
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