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Miranda Musical Society’s CAROUSEL @ Sutherland Entertainment Centre

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CAROUSEL is based on the venerable Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play LILIOM, which has a tragic plot narrative, together with the sometimes unsympathetic and downbeat protagonist. The original stage production of CAROUSEL opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York on 19th April 1945, and ran for 890 performances.

The music and lyrics of CAROUSEL are undoubtedly the ultimate Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score, and this production of CAROUSEL is a joy both to watch and to listen to. Set in the years 1873 to 1888, this timeless story is both dark and introspective, and tells of the ever trusting and faithful Julie, from her first meeting at night with Billy, who becomes her brutish husband. Location is a New England fishing village, and the multitude of period perfect costumes, and elegant and thoughtful staging eliminated the need for a full sized working carousel. Continue reading Miranda Musical Society’s CAROUSEL @ Sutherland Entertainment Centre


Rebecca Carter as Laurey and Eden Plaisted as Curly. Pic www.francisfotography.com.au

This production of OKLAHOMA is as up to date as Kansas City! Amidst acres of well-costumed colour, huge hoedown numbers and dream sequences, clever direction from James Worner also emphasizes the serious and sombre contrasts within this work.

On top of much comedy, lyricism and ambition relating to romance and gender roles, OKLAHOMA also covers the concept of the isolation of an outcast turned desperado. This extra layer fringing the top of all else is clearly presented by Miranda Musical Society.

Dark smokehouse scenes with a broodingly expressive Jud Fry are achieved in the using the reverse side of the Act One farmhouse set. This farm hand, often openly labelled as rough and different, has an out of control yearning for a wife and a place in the environment. The complex role is played with exquisite intensity by James Jonathon.

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