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Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University - 2011

Written by: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

Director: Tim Ocel

Scene Design: Katherine Stepanek

Lighting Design: Matt Young

Costume Design: Ryan Hanson

Sound Designer: Kathryn Ruvuna

Photographer: Katherine Stepanek

Twirling on stage, the constant choreography of the scenic pieces for this rendition of Carousel blend with the spinning skirts and jumping dancers.  In a poor, rustic New England town, this vibrant array of characters hit every facet of life, from an exciting day at a carousel, falling in love, to death and beyond.  The set transforms with them, changing, growing dark and dangerous for the death scene on the docks, and spinning back to an energetic crab shack for their yearly party, hitting every sentiment in between.

Maintaining the air of an impoverished  town, everything is falling apart, but those elements are used to create a more interactive environment.  Children stick their heads through holes in the walls to spy on the adults, the ceiling drops stars down, and the destroyed dock becomes a playground for the amorous couples.

The gritty reality of the set makes this piece about death and violence hit home, while in contrast, the singing, dancing, and costumes make the excitement of the characters a vivid reality for the audience.

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