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'Carousel' opens today at Reiland

Named "the best musical of the 20th Century" by Time magazine, "Carousel" opens today at 7:30 p.m. at the DeNault Auditorium in the Reiland Fine Arts Center, on the campus of the University of Jamestown.

As "Carousel" takes the stage, the university's combined voices and instrumentalists will join actors to make this wonderful Rodgers & Hammerstein musical a delightful opener for the fall fine arts season.

The two acts feature selections that both raise and soothe a broken heart. The setting is mid-'50s along the East Coast.

Young mill worker Julie Jordan (Sidney Johnson) and carousel barker Billy Bigelow (Jacoby Holte) become newlyweds and eventually produce a daughter, Louise Bigelow (Paige Meyer).

Julie's friend and coworker, Carrie Pipperidge (Beth Paulson) is crazy about Enoch Snow (Devin Braaten), who is a big dreamer, and they get engaged.

Julie's cousin is Nettie Fowler (Katie Roehm), who owns a small seaside spa.

Billy's friend, Jigger Craigin (Christopher Koppinger), is a no-account whaler.

Heavenly cast includes Starkeeper (Mark Joy), who is an official in the afterlife.

Mrs. Mullin (Carlotta Jo Rasmussen) owns the carousel and has a hankering for Billy, her barker, and is jealous of the attention Julie gets from Billy. She fires him.

Mr. Bascombe (Alex Smith) is Julie's boss and doesn't approve of her late-night activities with Billy. He fires Julie.

The ups and downs of young love and the decisions of youth cause some fatal decisions. Bring your tissues.

Some of the traditional selections include these from the first act:

"The Carousel Waltz," "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan," "(When I Marry) Mr. Snow," "June is Bustin' Out All Over," "When the Children Are Asleep," and "Blow High, Blow Low."

Second act selections:

"This was a Real Nice Clambake," "Geraniums in the Winder'," "What's the Use of Wonderin'?" "You'll Never Walk Alone," "The Highest Judge of All," the ballet "Billy Makes a Journey," and the finale, "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Director Mike McIntyre has worked wonders on the cast, arrangements, costumes and set. Jackie Mangnall and Penny Briese did costumes and Alex Smith is stage manager.

If anyone has an item for this column, please send to Sharon Cox, PO Box 1559, Jamestown, ND 58402-1559.