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Ohio Wesleyan Departments of Theatre & Dance, Music to Present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Classic Musical ‘Carousel’

March 23, 2009

EvaCecilia Koh ’09 and Nathaniel Barber ’12 portray Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow in Ohio Wesleyan’s production of ‘Carousel.’
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DELAWARE, OHIO – The Ohio Wesleyan University Departments of Theatre & Dance and Music will present five performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” proclaimed by Time magazine as the best musical of the 20th century.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. April 17, 18, 24 and 25, and at 2 p.m. April 26 on the Main Stage of Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., on the Ohio Wesleyan campus. Ticket prices are $7 for general admission, $6 for Ohio Wesleyan faculty and staff, $5 for non-OWU students and senior citizens, and free to OWU students with valid identification. To reserve tickets, call the Theatre Box Office at (740) 368-3855 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Ohio Wesleyan’s production is directed by Edward Kahn, Ph.D., associate professor of theatre and dance, with musical direction by Jason Hiester, M.M., assistant professor of music, and choreography by Noelle Chun, M.F.A., a theatre and dance instructor. D. Glen Vanderbilt, M.F.A., professor of theatre and dance, is designing the set and co-designing the lights with senior student Meredith Brown of Charlotte, N.C. Jacqueline Shelley, M.F.A., is designing the costumes.

The musical, which dramatizes both the wonders and trials of love, includes the well-known and much-loved songs “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You'll Never Walk Alone.” The show features a cast and crew of more than 80 Ohio Wesleyan students.

Set in New England at the end of the 19th century, “Carousel” tells the story of the relationship between carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow and millworker Julie Jordan. When the newly unemployed Billy learns he will become a father, he agrees to become an accomplice in a robbery. But the robbery goes awry, and 15 years later Billy returns to meet the troubled daughter he never knew and to fix the damage he inflicted on his family.

“Carousel” is presented as part of “Classic Crosby,” a year-long theatre season performed in memory of Robert Crosby, Ph.D., a longtime chair of the Ohio Wesleyan Theatre & Dance Department and a 1939 OWU graduate. In conjunction with the season, Ohio Wesleyan has launched “Light Up Mainstage!”—a fund-raising initiative to purchase a new state-of-the-art lighting system for the theatre. Alumni, parents, and friends of the department are invited to help Light Up Mainstage! by making a contribution through the university’s Giving to OWU Web site, by calling the Office of University Relations at (740) 368-3104, or by e-mailing Karen Crosman at klcrosma@owu.edu.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.