CAROUSEL


Carousel

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.

SEASON 2019

She Loves Me - Oct 12th – 20th

A Christmas Carol - Dec 6th – 15th

Carousel - Feb 28th – March 8th

The Monte Awards - May 9th

Let Freedom Sing - July 4th

FEB 28 - MAR 8, 2020

Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W Speedway Blvd

 

WEEKEND ONE

Friday, Feb 28th

02/28/2020  @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, Feb 29th

02/29/2020  @ 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Sunday, Mar 1st

03/01/2020  @ 2:00 pm

WEEKEND TWO

Friday, Mar 6th

03/06/2020 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, Mar 7th

03/07/2018  @ 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Sunday, Mar 8th

03/08/2020  @ 2:00 pm

 

Photos from various nationwide productions of Carousel

TICKETS

$24 General  •  $19 Senior (65+) /Military  •  $15 Students  •  $10 Children (12 & under)

*Ticket Prices Increase by $5 at the Door

Or call (520) 319-0400

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.

Meet the Directors

Nancy Davis Booth, Director

Hailed by the Arizona Daily Star as “Tucson’s pre-eminent soprano,” Nancy is a nationally acclaimed singer, teacher and director with a career that spans 45 years. Singing for Presidents, Governors, Senators and Congressmen, her guest appearances have included The White House, Arlington Cemetery, Annapolis Chapel, The Bravo Colorado Festival, The Oregon Britt Festival, The Redlands Bowl, the Copper Bowl half time and the symphonies and opera companies of Detroit, St. Louis, Rochester, Nashville, Colorado, Las Vegas, Virginia, Greenville, San Antonio, Chattanooga and Tucson. Musical Theatre, cruise ships, cabaret, recital and corporate clientele have rounded out her busy career.

While on the faculty of Concordia College in Minnesota, she taught voice and conducted the Women’s Chorus. She then served as Associate Professor of Music on the faculty of Butler University in Indianapolis where she was recruited to conceive, write and implement a musical theatre program. She was also a clinician and judge for the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Competition. Returning to Tucson she joined the faculty of Pima Community College where she taught acting, voice, musical theater and directed mainstage and black box productions. During her years in Tucson, Nancy also served as the Assistant Director and Director of Residential Services at Casa de los Ninos Crisis Shelter and was a founding member of the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center. She has an MFA in Acting and Directing as well as a Master of Science in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Arizona.

Elizabeth Spencer, Music Director

Originally from Chicago, Illinois (BS in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana), she spent 30 years in Tucson (working at the University of Arizona - ART, the Arizona Theatre Company (“Emma”, “Xanadu”, “The Music Man” and music directing many productions for SOS – their summer youth theatre program), Arizona Onstage Productions and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, among others) before moving to Phoenix 5 years ago. While in Phoenix, she performed with Arizona Broadway Theatre, Phoenix Theatre and other area theatre companies, as well as music directing productions at the Hale Theatre, Desert Stages Theatre and the Black Theatre Troupe. She has played for the National Tours of “Wicked”, “West Side Story”, “Legally Blonde”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Annie”, “Beautiful”, “An American In Paris” and “The Little Mermaid”. She is very excited to be returning to the Tucson theatre community.

Angelina Lin Hannum, Choreographer

Angelina Lin Hannum is a Chinese American dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Tucson, Arizona. Having received her MFA in dance choreography from the School of Dance at The University of Arizona, currently Angelina is the Ensemble Director at Ballet Rincon Academy of Dance. During her tenure at Ballet Rincon Academy of Dance, she has created multiple original works for the Ballet Rincon Performance Ensemble that have premiered at the Tucson Museum of Art, Centennial Hall, and Vail Theatre of the Arts. She is the primary architect for Art in the Park, a city-wide multidisciplinary youth-based arts festival. Angelina has also re-staged several significant classical ballets, including Les SylphidesCoppelia, and Swan Lake. Angelina has choreographed musicals for several expatriate organizations in Beijing, including the International School of Beijing (Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls) and the Beijing International Festival Choir (Oliver). In Tucson, she was asked by the UA Opera to choreograph the gypsy scene in La Traviata. Angelina received her training in the ballet department at the Beijing Dance Academy; the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center; and the Académie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo, Monaco under Russian ballet pedagogue Marika Besobrasova. As an international performer, she has appeared throughout the U.S. as well as, in Monaco, Jerusalem, and throughout greater China.