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Sterling College presents classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘Carousel’

STERLING — Sterling College Theatre will present the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday November 19, 20, and 21. The musical will be presented in the round, with the audience seated around the circular stage, on the second floor of Wilson Hall on the Sterling College campus. 

“Carousel” mixes songs full of laughter and fun like “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” with serious drama and songs such as “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Set in 1873, the musical begins when sweet, naïve Julie, a young woman from a fishing village along the New England coastline, and a cocky, world-wise carousel barker named Billy meet and fall in love. The two are soon married, but Billy has never been the type to settle down, and instead of finding a job, falls in with a troublemaker. As Julie lives with the consequences of Billy’s decisions, she learns to love, lose and forgive. 

Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow will be played by Grace Major of Hillsboro and William Dutton of Sterling. Catherine Vessey from Sterling and Ardynn Hershberger from Lyons are double-cast as Julie’s best friend, Carrie Pipperidge. Carrie’s fiancé, Enoch Snow, will be played by Dylan Werth from Hays and Billy’s employer the proprietor of the carousel, Mrs. Mullins, will be played by Ava Brooks of Sterling.

Other cast members include Nettie Fowler, played by JoJo Maxwell, Jigger Craigin played by Nick Amezola, the Star Keeper played by Kalasia Thomas, Brother Joshua played by Darren Porche, the Sea Captain played by Ethan Hershberger and David Bascome played by Nilo Reynoso. 

The women’s ensemble includes Kendra Klaassen, Keeley Coon, Addison Owens, Emma Kwasiborski, Alicia DeHaan, Rachel Townson, Katie Lumbert, Maria Urwiller, Davi Brooks and Rebekah Parish. 

Members of the men’s ensemble include Bryson Brownlee, Jacob Pieplow, Torey Wilson, Josh Morris, Ian Diaz, Josh Richardson, Micah Bachert, Luke Harding, Nicholas Gift and Kedric Spurgin. 

Sterling College Theatre Artistic Director Sasha Hildebrand is directing the show, and Music faculty member Marisa Callan is the musical director. 

Seating will be limited due to the in the round staging and current health requirements. Social distancing and masks for audience members will be required. Tickets will be available beginning Oct. 30 and will be sold online. Information about purchasing tickets will be released next week. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $5 for students.