The Broadway musical hit "Carousel" will take center stage this weekend and next at New Milford High School.

Debuting this Friday, NMHS students and faculty will offer six stagings of their all-school musical production of the iconic 1945 show.

The show features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II, and dances by Agnes DeMille.

The original production was based on the play "Liliom" by Ferenc Molnar.

The story focuses on the unlikely relationship between Julie Jordan, a 19th-century New England millworker portrayed by Ashley Billings, and Billy Bigelow, a less-than-admirable carnival barker played by Ben Bayers.

A subplot focuses on the love relationship of Julie's friend, Carrie Pipperidge, performed by Jaclyn Mercer, and the ambitious Enoch Snow, played by John Vazquez.

The cast also features Erin Shaughnessy as Mrs. Mullin; Jessica Bowe as Nettie Fowler; Michele O'Hara as Arminy; Emma Nissenbaum as Louise; Lindsey Partelow as the Principal; Joe Tracey and Nick Ferlow as policemen; Dan Fay as David Bascombe; Thomas Ovitt as Jigger Craigin; Karl Hinger as the Captain; Peter Kivela as the Heavenly Friend; Richard Lee Jr. as the Starkeeper; Andrew McGuire as the carnival boy; Kellen Ness as Enoch Snow Jr. and Louis Alhage as Dr. Seldon.

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

The show is directed by Bob Keck and produced by Steve Donahue, with choreography by Debbie McGuire.

Evening performances at 7 p.m. will be presented March 15, 16, 22 and 23.

Matinee performances will take place March 17 at 3 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m.

All seating will be reserved at $10.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the NMHS box office Mondays to Fridays from 2:15 to 4 p.m. or Mondays to Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., or by calling 860-350-6647, ext. 1552.

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Norm Cummings