‘Carousel’ is one of Rogers and Hammerstein’s more tragic productions, however it has an endearing message featured in one of its most popular songs ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. After 17 years as Musical Director Jenny George returns to the stage as Nettie Fowler, the character famed for singing this song. Jenny’s voice is one of a professional. She carried the song wonderfully and filled it with emotion.
Andy Reid as Billy Bigelow had a fiery temper but conveyed his suppressed love for Julie Jordan (Jenna McGiven) while sustaining this demeanour. Both characters refrain from telling each other how they actually feel leading to a destructive relationship. Jenna and Billy portrayed this well and were a convincing husband and wife.
Adam Curtis as Enoch Snow sang the jolly song, ‘When the Children Are Asleep’. The audience were giggling to this one, particularly at Carrie’s (Natasha Clarke) reaction to his ideas of having a large family.
Sounds Musical Theatre Company were lacking some of their usual sparkle and the leads were not quite as captivating as in previous productions, particularly in the first act.
The second act was delightful. The introduction of new characters brought the show to a satisfying finale. Louise played by Claire Paddison had elements of her Father’s personality. Her dancing told the story and was excellent as was her acting.
The scene ‘Up There’ added lightness to the story. Edward Gigg made for a humorous Starkeeper and took no nonsense from Billy Bigelow.
Throughout the show, the dancers brought fun and dynamism to the scenes. They performed some impressive lifts and acrobatics when playing Carnival folk.
Overall, Sounds Musical Theatre Company produced a watchable show with moments of excellence.