Wagner College Theatre set to present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
While another academic school year is coming to an end for those at Wagner College, the nationally recognized Wagner College Theatre program is ending their season on a high note. After producing contemporary musicals, a New York premiere and Shakespeare, the nationally recognized theatre program will proudly present a Broadway classic to end their 2013-2014 season. Carousel, called the “Best Musical of the 20th Century” by TIME, is a tale of love and how it changes life forever. Featuring a cast of over 30, Wagner College Theatre’s Carousel will bring this larger than life musical to the stage in a brand new production later this season. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Wagner College Theatre will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel!
Carousel is a musical which features music by Richard Rodgers with a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based off of Ferenc Molnár’s play Liliom, the musical, set on the coast of Maine, tells the ill-fated love story of carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, and mill worker, Julia Jordan. Their lives are forever changed by a ride on the carousel. While their love will cost them both their jobs and more, Billy is given a chance to redeem himself in this epic musical masterpiece about love, how it changes us and change our lives forever. The musical features some of the best known songs in musical theatre such as “If I Loved You,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “June is Bustin’ Out All Over”.
Carousel will officially open on the Main Stage at Wagner College on April 23rd, 2014. The show will run through April 26th with a second week of performances beginning April 30th and running through May 4th, 2014. Leading the cast will be Joshua Sottile as Billy Bigelow, Lisa Peterson as Julie Jordan, Sarah Shear as Carrie Pipperidge, Thomas Horvath as Enoch Snow (All four pictured Above), Tom DeMichele as Jigger, Megan Viglione as Nettie Fowler, Paige McNamara as Mrs. Mullin, Joe O’Malley as The Starkeeper and Adena Ershow as Louise.
The Ensemble of Carousel will include Christian Alvarez, Tom Althoff, Tyler Angotto, Nicholas Barakos, Jeanine Bruen, Brad Cashman, Phil Della Noce, Lindsay Dunn, Sam Forin, Arielle Gordon, Greg Ippolito, Julia Karis, Dan Kriss, Chelsea Loesel, Kristi Long, Daniel Marconi, Alexis Marquardt, Alec Reiss, Samantha Rose, Maria Elena Rumayor, Clint Thompson, Bianca Vitale, and Lauren Wagner.
The Carousel production team will be led by director Drew Scott Harris and feature choreography by Wagner alum Bret Shuford (Class of 2001 & Pictured Left). Dr. Lauri Young will serve as musical director for the show. The rest of the creative team includes Phill Hickox as scenic designer, Polly Kendrick as costume designer, Vicki Neal as lighting designer and Rich Kroth as sound designer. Alison Savino is production stage manager.
Wagner College Theatre is a nationally ranked college theatre program located at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City. The theatre program, which has been around since the 1960′s, has worked its way up to become one of the top ranked theatre programs by The Princeton Review each year. It has remained in the Top 5 Programs for the past 10 years and this past year ranked in at #2 only behind Carnegie Mellon. The program boosts a wonderful list of alumni and produces 8 productions a year. This season, Wagner College Theatre has already presented Little Shop of Horrors, Romeo and Juliet and The Drowsy Chaperone on the Mainstage as well as Scab, Zombie Prom and the New York City premiere of My Soldiers in Stage One. The rest of their season includes The Dance Project in Stage One.
Stay tuned to Luner on Theatre as we will be one of the very first to announce the upcoming 2014-2015 Wagner College Theatre season as soon as it has been made public!
Tickets are now on sale for Wagner College Theatre’s production of Carousel! Tickets can be purchased at the box office located in Main Hall on the Wagner College Campus on Staten Island. Ticket prices range for adults, seniors and children. Current Wagner College students can attend the production for free by showing their current student ID. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For more, call the box office at (718) 390-3259. For more information, visit Wagner College Theatre’s Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!