OperaSLO Presents Carousel

By Rodgers and Hammerstein

Be dazzled as a New England sea air descends upon Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo in a spectacular full production of this classic Broadway hit. You’ve not experienced musical theatre until you see it produced by a grand opera company, and OperaSLO’s production promises to thrill and wow patrons moment-to-moment with expansive sets and costumes, ballet, chorus, an internationally acclaimed leading cast, all accompanied by the full OperaSLO Grand Orchestra conducted by Brian Asher Alhadeff. The production will be directed by Zach Johnson, who successfully directed the 2019 production of South Pacific.

About Carousel:
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the gentle 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.


Presented by OperaSLO


Harold Miossi Hall
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2 Acts: 2.5 hrs total
20 min intermission




Ages 10+


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