March 3, 2014
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Award-winning musical performed at CMU School of Music
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Central Michigan University’s School of Music will be featuring the musical, Carousel, as this year’s spring CMU Opera Theatre production with performances March 21-23 in Staples Family Concert Hall. Carousel is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers, music, and Oscar Hammerstein II, book and lyrics.
Named “Best Musical of the 20th Century” by Time magazine, Carousel, is one of the most well-known musicals to date.
“This has been a different experience for me because it’s not an opera. It’s not standing and singing, there’s drama,” senior Michael Fragale said. “I’ve really enjoyed it because there’s more character development.” This has been Fragale’s fifth show with the CMU Operea Theatre.
The main characters, Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, whose unlikely romance blossoms while meeting at the carnival where Billy works, steals the hearts of audiences everywhere. Carousel features an emotional plot and recognizable ballads, such as “If I Loved You,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Soliloquy”.
“Carousel is a lot different than most musicals because it’s dark and real,” CMU Opera Director Eric Tucker said. “These are complex characters with relatable issues and problems.
Senior Hannah Fillmore is playing Julie Jordan in Carousel, this will be her third time being involved in the opera at CMU. She said the beautiful music and tragic love story will capture the attention of the audience and the flawed characters will keep them drawn in.
“I expect people to laugh and cry at Billy and Julie who are stupid, young and in love,” Fillmore said.
This is her first experience having a lead role in an opera theatre. Fillmore said she has enjoyed the seriousness and dramatic aspect of the plot because it has allowed her acting skills to expand.
“I’ve been dreaming of having a lead since my freshman year,” she said. “It’s special and exciting, too, because it’s my last semester here.”
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