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Opera Idaho Tackles Carousel

Friday, July 15 and Sunday, July 17 at Idaho Botanical Garden


Considered one of the best musicals of the 20th century by Time magazine, Carousel is a tragic story of love and family. Carnival barker Billy Bigelow woos and marries mill worker Julie Jordan. But when the newlyweds lose their jobs after starting a family, Billy takes extreme measures to provide for his wife and unborn child, agreeing to act as an accomplice in a robbery.

The plot thickens when things don't go according to plan, which keeps the drama going well into the second act. Death, isolation, depression--this is not your everyday, jazzhands kind of musical.

Though Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein are the composers behind the production, just to be clear, Carousel is a tragedy and nothing like the famous duo's Oklahoma! However, the writers have described Carousel as the piece they most enjoyed working on corroboratively.

Opera Idaho's presentation of the musical includes inserted dialogue and impromptu dance numbers. So grab the blankets, picnic baskets and slightly older kids for a dramatic night on the grassy hill of Idaho Botanical Garden.