In a small village on the coast of Maine, 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 accidentally 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.
A Note from West Hartford Community Theater
Although Carousel is considered to be a timeless classic filled with beautiful music and rich, complex characters, the show is not without controversy. While not a main plot point of the show, the story does touch on the issue of domestic violence.
It would be easy to say that Carousel includes this subject matter because it was a different time and a man striking a woman or a child was more socially acceptable back then. However, domestic violence is an issue that still plagues our nation today. In fact, one in four women will experience some form of domestic violence in her lifetime. With that in mind, and looking for a way to help give back to the community, WHCT reached out
Since it was founded in 1977, Interval House has helped more than 200,000 people, mostly women and children that have been trapped in abusive relationships. The private nonprofit organization serves more than 5,600 clients and educates and informs thousands of people annually from its Hartford office and supports victims both east and west of the Connecticut River.
For more information on how you can support this wonderful organization that does so much good in our community, please visit Interval House’s website at www.intervalhousect.org or call (860) 246-9149.