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FHU Theatre to Present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel”

Henderson, Tenn. - Oct 28, 2015

Freed-Hardeman University Theatre’s Homecoming musical, “Carousel,” will open Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:00pm in Loyd Auditorium. Performances are also set for Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2:00 and 7:00pm. The show will travel to the university’s Dickson campus at the Renaissance Center, for performances Nov. 17 - 19, at 7:00pm each night.

Those who wish to enjoy “dinner and a show” may purchase a ticket for Saturday evening’s performance. The $12 ticket includes dinner at 5:30pm in the Brown-Kopel Business Center and select seating at the 7:00pm performance in Loyd Auditorium. The dinner is sponsored by FHU Theatre and its alumni.

The production features the talents of Brandon England as Billy Bigelow and Tansy Matheny as Julie Jordan; both actors live in Henderson. Also starring in the musical are Abby Lambert from Humboldt as Carrie Pipperidge; Parker Pearce from Greenfield, Missouri, as Enoch Snow; Carson Barker from Eustis, Florida as Jigger Craigin; Amanda Baugh from Franklin as Nettie Fowler and Amanda Menter from Hollister, Missouri, as Mrs. Mullin.

“Carousel” was the second musical written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It was an immediate hit with both critics and audiences when it opened on Broadway in 1945. The musical was adapted into a movie starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones in 1956. Rodgers would later call “Carousel” his favorite musical. Time magazine named it the best musical of the 20th century.

Set in 19th century Maine, “Carousel” tells the story of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan. After the two fall in love and marry, Bigelow attempts robbery, even if it involves murder, to provide for his wife and unborn child. After losing his life, Bigelow has one chance to redeem himself in hopes of entering heaven. 

The show includes the well-known songs "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone." 

The production is directed by Dr. Cliff Thompson, professor of theatre, and Dr. Gary McKnight, associate professor of music. Designs are by Brandyn Graves, assistant professor of theatre, and choreography by Becca Place, a professional dancer in Nashville.

Tickets can be purchased online at For more information, visit or contact Thompson at