North Carroll students to present musical 'Carousel'

April 30, 1993|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer

Take a ride on a "Carousel."

The North Carroll High School drama club will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel" as its annual spring musical at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For $3 each, audience members will be treated to the touching story of "diamond-in-the-rough" Billy and his wife, Julie.

"It's a really heartbreaking story," said North Carroll's drama teacher and the play's director, Roberta Rooney. "It has beautiful music."

"It's a classic," said Becca Raub, who plays Julie. The 15-year-old freshman also had the lead in the school's last play. She portrayed Snow White in the winter production of "Snow White and the Dark Forest."

She said she looks forward to the challenge of playing Julie.

"It's scary," said Becca. "I never sang in front of people my whole entire life."

"There's nothing more thrilling then when you get out on stage and the adrenalin is pumping and you're like, 'Yeah!' " Becca added.

Mrs. Rooney believes that Becca is perfect for the part of Julie and had no qualms about casting a freshman in the lead.

"I never look at the class when I cast people," Ms. Rooney said.

"She has a beautiful voice and she physically fits the role. Julie needs to be tiny so that it's believable that her husband would abuse her. Becca's a wonderful actress," Ms. Rooney said.

"She's wonderful," agreed Marty Burke, the 17-year-old junior who plays Billy.

Marty has tried out for almost every production at North Carroll since he has been a student there.

"I really, really love this musical," Marty said.

"It's probably the best play that North Carroll has ever done. It challenges teen-agers because it's within the high school students' ability but it stretches them," Marty said.

"Musically, it's a difficult show. It has very complex music," said 16-year-old Rainbow Colder. "There's a lot of music and dance and solos. It's a very technical show."

A junior, Rainbow has been in several productions and plays Louise, Billy and Julie's daughter. She notes differences between "Carousel" and last year's musical, "Bye-Bye, Birdie."

"The music is tighter," said Rainbow. "You gotta get it right."

Debbie Fleming, a 17-year-old senior, is playing a role similar to the Wicked Queen she played in "Snow White."

As Mrs. Mullen, the owner of the carousel where Billy works as a barker, she has the dubious honor of firing Billy.

"I'm kind of in love with him though," said Debbie. "On the outside, I seem really nasty, but on the inside, I really care about Billy and even about his wife."

Dave Grote, a 16-year-old senior, also plays a not-always-honorable character.

"He's supposed to be like this really sleazy guy and he's really a gentleman," said Marty. "He's supposed to be all over these girls [in the play] and he can't even touch them."

"It's a challenge," agreed Dave. "I'm playing someone that I never dreamed that I'd have to be."

The students have been rehearsing for weeks in anticipation of opening night.

"The real people who deserve all of the credit are the ones who are behind the scenes," said Becca. "They are the ones who make us look good."

Sarah Hanna, a student working in makeup and costume, agrees.

"The play is really coming along and everybody should come see it," said the 14-year-old freshman.

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