Auditions
Auditions

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Directed by Jan Topoleski
Music Direction by Mark Megill
Choreographed by Jessica O'Brien

MUSIC SIDES:

  1. Billy - If I Loved You
  2. Billy - Soliloquy Part 1
  3. Billy - Soliloquy Part 2
  4. Carrie - Mr Snow
  5. Carrie & Enoch - When The Children Are Asleep
  6. Enoch - Mr Snow Reprise
  7. Julie - If I Loved You
  8. Julie - What's the Use of Wondering
  9. Nettie - June Is Bustin Out
  10. Nettie - You'll Never Walk Alone

SIDES:

  1. Billy, Jigger & Mullin
  2. Billy & Julie
  3. Carrie, Enoch, Billy & Julie
  4. Carrie, Jigger & Enoch
  5. Enoch Jr & Louise
  6. Ensemble Girls 1
  7. Ensemble Girls 2
  8. Ensemble Men
  9. Julie, Carrie, Nettie
  10. Seldon
  11. Starkeeper

Auditions:
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

February 7 & 9 from 7pm-10pm
Please email jan@algonquinarts.org for an appointment.

Auditions will be held at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ 08736.

Callbacks:
Saturday, February 11 from 11am-2pm

Audition Preparation:
Please prepare 32 bars of an appropriate Broadway tune. An accompanist will be provided. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance.

Those auditioning for the ballet sequence should wear appropriate shoes/clothing and should indicate so in their appointment request.

All roles are open and available.

Performance Dates:
Friday, May 12 - 8pm
Saturday, May 13 - 2pm
Saturday, May 13 - 8pm
Sunday, May 14 - 3pm
Friday, May 19 - 8pm
Saturday, May 20 - 2pm
Saturday, May 20 - 8pm
Sunday, May 21 - 3pm

SYNOPSIS:
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.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

JULIE JORDAN (18-late 20s) - A real New England village girl, but 'deeper', quieter and more complex than her friends. Her infatuation for Billy turns to a love which is proof against his fatal character weaknesses and lives on many years after the tragedy.

BILLY BIGELOW (mid 20s-mid 30s) - The very successful barker for the Mullin Carousel. Billy's success is based in part on his attractiveness to the young women who visit the Carousel. A bit of a rogue and lady's man, Billy is a tragic figure who is a good person at heart, but who has never learned to deal with anyone, especially those he loves, with anything other than violence. He is a deeply troubled character ultimately redeemed by the love he could not communicate to his wife and unborn child.

CARRIE PIPPERIDGE (18-late 20s) - As the stage direction says, 'a naive, direct and normal young woman of the period'. Julie's best friend, her horizon is no further than domestic bliss with be-whiskered Mr. Snow.

MRS. MULLIN (mid 30s-mid 50s) - The carousel owner; a middle-aged woman who believes that Billy is not only her employee, but her property.

ENOCH SNOW (mid 20s-mid 30s) - Dour, respectable and ambitious in a small-town sort of way, he is an affectionate family-type too.

JIGGER CRAIGIN (mid 20s-mid 30s) - A good-for-nothing sailor off of a whaling ship. Every year in port he latches on to some unwitting accomplice for his criminal endeavors. This year it is Billy, and he leads Billy to his ruin. Jigger is a lead singer in "Blow High, Blow Low" and "Stonecutters Cut it on Stone."

NETTIE FOWLER (mid 30s-mid 50s) - The motherly soul of the village. Julie's somewhat older and wiser cousin (maybe even kind of an Aunt). She runs the local "spa," a kind of eating establishment. She takes in Julie and the unemployed Billy after their wedding. Nettie is a lead singer in "June Is Busting Out All Over" and "When You Walk Through a Storm."

LOUISE (13-18) - Billy and Julie's 15-year-old daughter. Louise is tormented by the rest of the kids in the town because of how Billy dies, and is thus very unhappy and combative. This is a major dance role for a young woman. Louise stars in a six-minute ballet sequence.

MR. BASCOMBE (40s-60s) - The self-important millionaire and richest man around. Owner of the local mill where Julie and Carrie live and work.

STARKEEPER/DR. SELDON (40s-70s) - A heavenly figure. It is ambiguous as to whether the Starkeeper is God, or one of His angels. Billy's guide and mentor, who tells him the home-truths he really needs. Dr. Seldon is the earthly version of the Starkeeper.

HEAVENLY FRIEND - An angel (Brother Joshua) sent to bring Billy to the Starkeeper after his death.

ENOCH SNOW, JR. (14-18) - Young man Louise's age is also graduating from high school. He likes Louise but thinks of her as being below his station. In short, he is a lot like his father.

CARNIVAL BOY (18-30) - A young man who looks like Billy and is a member of a passing carnival. He dances with Louise during the ballet sequence. This is a dance role only. This person is a member of the men's chorus.

SNOW CHILDREN (ages 6-18) - The script says that Enoch and Carrie Snow have nine children (including Enoch Jr.). They all take part in the ballet sequence as well as the graduation.

GRADUATING CLASS (13-20) - Other young adults who are the classmate of Louise and Enoch Jr. at the graduation. During other scenes these people will be members of the men's or women's chorus.

ENSEMBLE - Includes policemen, a ship captain, a school principal, carnival dancers, juggler, (maybe a stilt walker), the men, women, and children of a small New England coastal town.