caroselOWENSBORO, Ky. (6/5/14) — In what director Ron Waite called a “coup,” the upcoming Back Alley Musicals production “Carousel” will include actual carousel horses.

“You just don’t see it,” Waite said of the use of horse props in other productions of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. “This is a real coup because most people don’t do carousels. It’s too much trouble.”

But Waite said he wanted to offer the carousel as part of the local show, and found a place that was willing to rent the assembly of horses in Gadsden, Alabama.

A local crew is currently building the set where the horses will be installed. The set is being built in a way that will allow the horses to move, he said.

The horses were delivered earlier this week to Waite and other BAM members.

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The show “Carousel,” as described on BAM’s website, is the story of a man who returns from the afterlife to see what became of his family after his death:

“In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, ‘Carousel’ was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favorite.”

“Carousel” opens July 19 and runs through July 27 at the River Park Center in downtown Owensboro.

To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit backalleymusicals.com.

Dennis Beard
SurfKY News
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