The hero is usually the good guy, but in Carousel the hero, Billy
Bigelow, is a wife beater who commits suicide, but thanks to some
supernatural redemption at the end, hes not all bad. Tony Slevin played
Billy; he had the looks, but his voice was a bit unsure at times.
Naomi Hinton, as Billys wife Julie, had a lovely clear voice, and we could
feel the agony that she was going through as Billys behaviour grew worse.
Tor Hartley gave a lively performance as Julies friend Carrie, soon to
become the wife of Mr Snow, a worthy man of few words. This was a very
strong performance from Keith Lawrence.
Maggie Marsh was excellent as Nettie Fowler; she was confident and relaxed,
and her powerful rendition of Youll Never Walk Alone was one of the
The chorus worked well they looked as though they were really enjoying
A Real Nice Clambake and there was some nice dancing from Barbara
Moore, Denise Schult, Jennamarie Smith and Heather Steele-Stallard, and good
acting from the children.
Jill Morgan was producer and choreographer; a mammoth task for a big
production like this, and she carried it off extremely well. The
choreography was imaginative, and I thought that the tableaux vivants during
the overture were particularly effective.
The orchestra, directed by John Lawes, were spot on (and not too loud!), and
the colourful costumes and set gave it a professional look.
Although some of the singing was a little thin, there were some strong
performances and the principals, chorus and dancers worked well together as