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Carousel Opens Heritage Repertory Theatre Season

June 21, 2000 -- Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical Carousel will be the first production in the Heritage Repertory Theatre's summer season of five plays and musicals.

Carousel, directed by Robert Chapel (West Side Story, Sweeney Todd), will run June 22-24 & 26-July 1 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on July 1. Carousel tells the story of Julie Jordan, a mill-worker in a coastal New England town who falls in love with Billy Bigelow, the n'eer-do-well carousel barker for a traveling carnival. Billy and Julie marry, but face difficult times together. When Julie tells Billy she's going to have a baby, Billy considers a desperate plan to get money to provide for his family.

Named by Time Magazine as the "Best Musical of the Century", Carousel was the personal favorite of its composer, Richard Rodgers. The rich score features such favorites as "June is Bustin' Out All Over," "If I Loved You," and "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Nancy Snow, who played Maria in last summer's West Side Story, returns to play Julie Jordan before she joins the national tour of Phantom. Harold Mortimer, a Metropolitan Opera Guild Regional Finalist who has performed leading roles in operas and musicals on the East Coast and in the Pacific Northwest, is here from New York to play Billy Bigelow. Emily Swallow, who played Johanna in HRT's production of Sweeney Todd, will play Julie's friend Carrie. Local favorite Doug Schneider, who was featured in HRT's Guys and Dolls and Falsettos at Live Arts, plays Carrie's suitor Mr. Snow.

Following Carousel, HRT will present Picnic by William Inge, opening July 7; Same Time Next Year by Bernard Slade, opening July 13; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown based on Charles M. Schulz's comic strip "Peanuts" opening July 18; and the Fats Waller musical Ain't Misbehavin' opening July 20.

Tickets are available at the HRT box office. Individual tickets are $25, with student/child tickets at $14 and senior citizens (60+) at $21. Season tickets to all five of HRT's productions are available for $100, with discounts for students/children and seniors. The box office, located in the Drama Building on Culbreth Road, may be reached Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (804) 924-3376.

Contact: James Scales, (804) 982-5279

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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