Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL

A special co-production between Opera at Simpson and Theatre Simpson
Musical director and conductor Bernard McDonald
Stage director and choreographer Jennifer Ross Nostrala

Oklahoma! is about a picnic, Carousel is about life.” –Stephen Sondheim

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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 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. Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love.

Carousel has been cited by Time magazine as the best musical of the 20th century.

OCTOBER 17 at 7:30pm
OCTOBER 18 at 3:30pm and 8:00pm
OCTOBER 19 at 2:00pm


The box office opens September or 515.961.1601

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Adult tickets–$20
Student and senior tickets–$17.50
Groups of 10 or more–$15.00
Simpson College students, faculty, and staff–$0.00