Asheville Lyric Opera Debuts Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

In 1999, Time Magazine named Carousel the best musical of the 20th century. What makes Carousel such a compelling work? The music is astonishingly beautiful, verging on operatic. Richard Rodgers’ orchestration propels the characters forward using many compositional techniques we see in modern cinema. The cast of characters is defined by individual musical themes, giving them not only a physical, and textual identity, but also an auditory relationship to one another. The story is dark, uncomfortable, and generally difficult for the audience to accept. Rodgers & Hammerstein tackle spousal abuse, abandonment, and finally the idea of redemption. The characters are real and their struggles are universal. This musical doesn’t come with cliff notes and an annotated report with all the answers spelled out. Pairing hauntingly beautiful music and a true to life story so real it verges on the absurd, Carousel brings difficult issues to the forefront, leaving viewers to form their own conclusions.

Performances of Carousel begin at 8pm on both Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 2013 with an additional matinee performance on Saturday July 20 at 3pm. Performances take place in the Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville, NC. Tickets are available at the theatre box office: 828-257-4530.


Julie Jordan – Kristen Hedberg
Carrie Pipperidge – Kelli Brown Mullinix
Billy Bigelow – Dominic Aquilino
Enoch Snow – Wayne Hobbs
Nettie Fowler – Crystal McDaniel
Jigger Craigin – Luke Browder
Mrs. Mullin – Shannon Schoville
Mr. Bascombe – John Garner
Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon – Edward de Bary
Louise – Mollie Sansone
Enoch Jr. – Bryce Bartu
Male Dancer – Travis Guerin

Carousel Features Dancers from MOTION Dance Theatre

Special MOTION Dance Theatre Partnership

Carousel is taken to an even higher level of artistic caliber with the addition of dancers from MOTION Dance Theatre. MOTION’s Founder and Artistic Director, Nick Kepley, will collaborate with Asheville Lyric Opera as the choreographer of Carousel. An Asheville native himself, Kepley has gone on to dance professionally in multiple ballet companies as well as on Broadway. He created MOTION four years ago and has since established it as Asheville’s own professional, contemporary ballet company and choreographic laboratory. Each summer, dancers from around the country are selected and paired with gifted choreographers for a three-week creative residency in Asheville. MOTION will present the new works created during its 2013 residency, July 12-13 at Diana Wortham Theatre at 8pm. These performances will bring world-class dance right into Asheville’s backyard. Visit for more information.

This summer, Asheville Lyric Opera will partner with MOTION Dance Theatre on Carousel, a staged concert. As a special incentive, when you purchase a ticket to Carousel, you’ll receive $5.00 off your ticket to MOTION Dance Theatre’s July 12 & 13 production. Simply mention code CAROUSEL or present your Carousel ticket stub at the box office! Join us, for two weekends of unforgettable music, dance and theatre magic!

Performance Dates & Times

Diana Wortham Theare
Friday July 19 – 8pm
Saturday July 20 – 3pm & 8pm


Tickets are available through the DWT box office. To purchase tickets, call 828-257-4530 or go ONLINE.

Production Staff

Director – David Craig Starkey
Conductor – Daniel Meyer
Choreographer – Nick Kepley with MOTION Dance Theatre
Production Designer – Julie K Ross
Production Stage Manager – Mary Parisi
Assistant Stage Manager – Stacie Worrell
Technical Director – David Bortle
Lighting Designer – Erik McDaniel
Hair & Makeup Designer – Tricia Zinke with Asheville Hair Design
Accompanist – Brad Curtioff
Orchestra Manager – Corine Brouwer with Allegro Music

R&H_logoType_4CCAROUSEL: A CONCERT is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals:

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