Director - Barbara Worrall
Musical Director - Michael J Scott
Choreographer - Jennifer Deakin
Production Manager - Susanna Henley
Stage Management - The Brindley
Stage Crew - Dave Mullin, Aaron Cawley & Team
Wardrobe - Lesley Ann Silcock & Carmel Middleton
Properties - David Crowther
Photography - Ian Han Photography
Publicity - Ian Wilding, Helen Miliken, Michael J Scott, Jennifer Deakin & Tim Jones
Carrie Pipperidge - Andrea Jones
Julie Jordan - Jennifer Deakin
Mrs Mullin - Lesley Ann Silcock
Billy Bigelow - Michael Fletcher
Policeman - Roy Green
David Bascombe - Ted Owen
Nettie Fowler - Valarie Ball
Enoch Snow - Tim Jones
Jigger Craigin - Neil Silcock
Arminy - Carmel Middleton
Captain - Alan Jackson
Heavenly Friend - Daniel James
Starkeeper - Joe Youds
Louise - Lorna Goldsmith
Enoch Snow Jnr. - Jonathan Wilson
Carnival Boy - Richard Taylor
Company Chorus & Children
Alan Jackson, Alison Wheeler, Carmel Middleton, Catrin Jones, Chanadani Patel, Charlotte Wheeler, Chrissy Growney, Daniel James, Eloise Houghton, G Freer-Carmichael, Helen Milliken, Jaiden Patel, Joe Youds, Jonathan Wilson, Kate Wurcbacher, Katie Shuttleworth, Kiera Henley, Lindsay Watkinson, Mandy James, Natalie Horabin, Paul Rouski, Rebecca Hewitt, Richard Taylor, Roy 'Stan' Green, Roy Youds, Roz Howarth, Sarah Dawson, Sarah-Jane Hair, Serena Steer, Simon Hetherington, Susanna Henley, Thomas Birtles & Vicki Lewis
Conductor - Michael J Scott
Violin/Leader - Laura McAvoy
Flute/Piccolo - Jessica Lowe
Oboe - Mary Noden
Clarinet - Katie Taylor
Frehch Horn - Michael Walsh
Trumpet - Chris Snead
Trombone - Chris Peate
Keys1 - Jonathan Clayton
Keys2 - David MacKie
Bass - David Price
Performed at the Brindley Arts Centre & Theatre, Runcorn, Cheshire on the 21st - 25th April 2009.
Music by Richard Rodgers Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on "Liliom" by Ference Molnar Adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer, Original dances by Agnes de Mille. An amateur production by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED
Directed by Barbara Worrall and Musical Direction by Michael J Scott
Carousel - Audience Feedback
"Congratulations on your most enjoyable show ever! We have been supporting Zodiacs since 1973 - not only did we thoroughly enjoy the show but we reckon it is your strongest cast ever. It would be wrong to highlight any individual. Well done - keep up the good work"
Joan & Bryan Pusey Frodsham.
"Just had to write to congratulate you all on producing another wonderful show. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. You deserve "Oscars" for every department!! Can't wait to see "Kiss me Kate"
George & Elizabeth
"Thanks for a very enjoyable night on Thursday. The show was excellent, well produced and the music as usual was great and it is good to see such good costumes . All in all well deserved success. We look forward to seeing the next show".
Mo & Rob Patheyjohns
"The quality of the production was fantastic, you get the magic of Broadway and West End on your doorstep with a cast and crew you can believe in at a great price
Singing – wonderful, Costumes - perfect, Acting - excellent, Casting - brilliant, Music - fabulous, The Show - inspirational, professional and great !!! "
"The show was fabulous, especially the principals. Music and production excellent. Brought back so many memories. Zodiac – excellent as always ! "
"It was as near to a professional performance as you could get. It was my first time in the Brindley and I was absolutely amazed at how wonderful the place is. It must be 35 years since I last saw ‘Carousel’ and it seemed as if it was yesterday. What a wonderful show in a beautiful place."
"Magical and moving. Full of sincerity, musically brilliant, heart wrenching nostalgic – wonderful"
Carousel - NODA review
Forgive the pun, but Carousel keeps coming around and societies performing the show need to work exceptionally hard to retain and audiences interest in the well known story line. I'm delighted to say that the Zodiac did just that in a production that had an air of freshness about it.
By involving the principal characters, chorus and fairground workers in well devised routines during the lengthy overture, the scene was set for the story that was to be unfolded. The inclusion of a fortune teller in the mime added an air of expectancy to the proceedings.
The society is indeed fortunate to have such experienced principals at it's disposal and they, together with a well trained chorus and a first class orchestra, ensured a memorable production.
The ever improving Jennifer Deakin and Michael Fletcher, a member of the National Youth Theatre, were ideal in the roles of Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow, both possessing fine vocal talent and both showing a deep understanding of the demands of the characters.
Valarie Ball brought tenderness to the role of Nettie, Lesley-Ann Silcock was the typical Mrs Mulin and Andrea Jones played a spirited Carrie Pipperidge.
As the pompous Mr Enoch Snow Tim Jones was a tad light on the vocal range associated with this character but nevertheless he did well in the role.
Experience was to the fore in the casting of the veteran performers Ted Owen as Mr Bascombe and Joe Youds as the Star Keeper. Although he usually he plays lighter roles Neil Silcock, cast for the first time as a baddie, brought a depth of menace and foreboding to the role of Jigger Craigin.
For me, a highlight of the production was the Beach Ballet with a group of rascally urchins, the charming Snow Children and the delightful Lorna Goldsmith as Louise.
As usual the final scene was a tear-jerker and was the icing on the cake of a good all-round performance by all involved.
David Parkes (NODA NW)