One of the most remarkable attributes of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, "Carousel," is its eternal freshness.
As the current Musicomedy Production's version of the musical demonstrates. "Carousel" always touches the heart because it speaks in a true, simple fashion about the joys and pains of love. The romantic story of the bluff carousel barker Billy Bigelow and the shy Julie Jordan from the hesitant courtship to the tragic marriage -- and the songs, "June is Bustin Out All Over" and "If I Loved You" -- cast a spell.
For its performance at the Bowie Arts Center, Musicomedy has assembled an engaging cast of fresh, animated players who sing and dance with exceptional ease and infectious good humor. Principals Terry Wyland and Gene Galvin, as Julie and Billy, have pleasing voices which are used with considerable musicality. Kathleen Hammen, as Julie's friend Carrie, has an equally strong voice, which she projects with beguiling enthusiasm. John F. Guyton, in the other secondary lead role as Carrie's boyfriend, does not have quite the same vocal resources, but he wins the audience over with his appealingly open manner. There is also some commendable singing from Ann Krauss as Aunt Nettie.
Artistic director Wanda Gustin seems to have a real flair for making her performers feel at home on the stage. In a community theater, one seldom sees an entire cast looking as natural and getting as involved in their roles as this group in "Carousel." Well-focused staging and effective choreography along with attractive costumes and set help make this a highly enjoyable production.
For ticket information on performances which run tonight through Sunday at 8 p.m. call 464-8433 or 699-2456.