HAMMOND | “Carousel,” a musical that explores life and death through the powerful music and lyrics of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, will be staged by the Genesius Guild of First United Methodist Church Hammond, on weekends today through April 13
“Carousel” will be performed at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church of Hammond, 6635 Hohman Ave. A 3 p.m. matinee will be performed Sundays, April 6 and 13.
Admission is $15 for adults, and $13 for senior citizens and students high school age or younger. Tickets are available at the door or by calling toll-free (877) 724-7715. A dinner-theater option April 12 is an additional $13 per person; dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and reservations for dinner must be made by Wednesday.
Set in a small, seaside town in 1873, “Carousel” is about people with rich stories and real struggles that are remarkably current to the audience, said show director Ed Griffith. While it begins with a romantic story between carnival barker Billy Bigelow and millworker Julie Jordan, their relationship comes at a price.
“This show is as realistic and dramatic as possible,” Griffith said. “Expect real people, beautiful music and entertaining, dark drama. Few musicals include hard truths and probe deep into our human existence. It will surprise you and make you ask yourself questions, which is what great art should do.”
The show includes classic songs such as “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
The community theater cast includes Antoinette Gomez as tragic heroine Julie Jordan opposite Andrew Buel as carnivall barker Billy Bigelow, with Helena Jancosek as Carrie Pipperidge and Darren Serhal as Enoch Snow. The ensemble includes Tom Byerly, Larry Hinken, Kay Wagman, Shannon Hayes, Andy Leahy, Brianna Dittmer, Dale Downs, Gilberto Oria, Donna Kuhn, Casey Terry, Kristie Peterson, Maryssa Thatcher, Justin Brandenburg, Mia Rettew, Noah Hernandez, Sequoiah Brandenburg, Amada Hernandez, Luke Brandenburg, Crystal Brandenburg, Elizabeth Roman, and Mary Lou Zygmunt.