Carousel November 2006

Abandoning their usual classical repertoire, Southwick Opera successfully takes on the challenge of musical theatre with this lively production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s tale of love and redemption.
Its marvellous score is choc-a-bloc with songs that have become well-loved standards.
Billy Bigelow, a restless fairground barker unable to support his wife, Julie, and family resorts to a bungled robbery which leads to his death.
In the afterlife he meets the Starkeeper, who allows him to return to Earth for one day to make amends to Julie and their daughter.
This production has a fine set of principals, led by Rob Piatt as Billy and Anne-Marie Forster, a last minute replacement, as Julie.
It is also blessed with a large ensemble which produces a glorious sound in the choral numbers.
Praise is due for the excellent choreography and the dancers who execute it.