Monday, December 21, 2009

Reprise Casting for Carousel Complete

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Reprise Theatre Company has announced casting for its upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which runs January 26 - February 7 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. Michael Michetti, co-artistic director of The Theatre at Boston Court, will direct, with choreography by Lee Martino and musical direction by Darryl Archibald.

Alexandra Silber stars as Julie Jordan, direct from her critically acclaimed portrayal of Julie Jordan in Carousel at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End. Joining her are Robert Patteri as Billy Bigelow (Scarlet Pimpernel, Beauty and the Beast.) and veteran character actor M. Emmet Walsh as the Starkeeper.

The cast also features Jane Noseworthy as Carrie, James Leo Ryan as Jigger, Victoria Strong as Cousin Nettie, and Andy Taylor as Enoch Snow. The ensemble includes Eydie Alyson, Seth Belliston, Bradley Benjamin, Jessica Carter, Blake Ewing, Christopher Guilmet, Chris Holly, Tracy Lore, Kim Mikesell, Gregory North, Candy Olsen, Allison Paraiso, Jo Patrick, Sean Smith, Leslie Stevens, John Todd, and Scott Weber.

Director Michael Michetti says of the Reprise mounting, “Some signature elements of Reprise's approach, including minimalist sets and an on-stage orchestra, are being turned to our advantage as we create a production that emphasizes both the story's sense of community as well as the intimacy of its central love story. By stripping away some of the bows and frills usually associated with Carousel, and by exploring the simple, working-class New England culture of the period, we hope this production will allow the audience to hear this beloved play in a whole new way, integrating its moving story with the epic beauty of Rodgers & Hammerstein's score and the vibrant spectacle of its dances.”

Carousel will preview January 26 and open on January 27, continuing its run through February 7 at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Tickets are available online at
www.reprise.org/ or through the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101.
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