The 2008 Dolphin Show 'Carousel' to be Performed Jan. 25-Feb. 2January 8, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Each winter more than 120 Northwestern University students are involved with the annual Dolphin Show, one of the largest student-produced musicals in the nation. The 2008 production -- also the 66th -- will be the 1945 Broadway hit "Carousel."
Performances of "Carousel" will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., on the University's Evanston campus.
Featuring book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Richard Rodgers, the story was derived from the play "Liliom," by Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnar.
"Carousel" follows the tragic story of Billy Bigelow, a tormented carousel barker, and Julie Jordan, a mill worker, and their legacy of love and violence. Set in Maine at the turn of the 19th century, it challenges modern perspectives on spirituality and relationships by examining the values of days gone by. Blending fantasy with harsh reality, the musical also features one of the most memorable scores of all time, including the songs "If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."
Northwestern students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds work together to create a show that is professional in caliber.
The Dolphin Show, a non-profit organization made possible by donations, also is dedicated to engaging the Chicago-area community through extensive philanthropy, outreach programming and community-focused events. This year, Dolphin's Educational Outreach program will allow hundreds of underserved high school students that may not always have access to the theatre to see the show for free.
And, for the first time, the Dolphin Show's educational outreach performance will be presented in partnership with members of Purple Crayon Players, a new award-winning Northwestern student group dedicated to producing professional written works for young audiences, as well as taking part in educational outreach events within the Evanston area and surrounding suburbs and on campus. Prior to the Jan. 31 Dolphin Show performance, the Purple Crayon Players plan to present an introductory workshop to familiarize the invited high school audience with the musical's themes and story. After the show there will be an interactive discussion with the Purple Crayon's education team as well as Dolphin Show cast members.
Single tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with IDs. To purchase tickets, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000, buy tickets online at <www.pickstaiger.com> or visit the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at 50 Arts Circle Drive on Northwestern's Evanston campus. For a schedule of ticket office hours, visit <http://www.pickstaiger.com/about/hours.shtml>. Dolphin Show tickets also will be available for purchase 45 minutes before all performances in the lobby of Cahn Auditorium.
For more information on the 2008 Dolphin Show visit <www.NUDolphinshow.org>.