Carousel brings together a dizzying array of talent

Manor Operatic's stage performance of Carousel at the City Hall, Sheffield. From left, Pippa Crossland, Simon Hance (as Billy), Molly Hindley, Evie May Bradford, Francesca Smith and Emma Holmes as Carrie

Manor Operatic's stage performance of Carousel at the City Hall, Sheffield. From left, Pippa Crossland, Simon Hance (as Billy), Molly Hindley, Evie May Bradford, Francesca Smith and Emma Holmes as Carrie

0
Have your say

A MERRY-go-round of Sheffield talent is bringing the magic of musicals to life for a new generation.

Manor Operatic Society is showcasing talent from tots to pensioners in its latest production at the City Hall.

Once again the group is balancing day jobs with their passion for the stage to the delight of the audience.

This time the show takes them across the Atlantic to New England for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

American accents are at the fore in this tale of love, deception, joy and tragedy.

And scores of volunteers have spent months perfecting the play - both on and off stage.

Every night there are teams of people honing their skills working on costumes, make-up, scenery and music behind the scenes.

On the opening night there were lots in the audience who had turned out to support friends and family but also plenty tempted by the love of musicals.

With a plethora of singing, dancing and jokes along the way, the play raises smiles...not to mention a few tears for the You’ll Never Walk Alone scene.

The very first act has almost the entire cast packed on to the stage enjoying a carousel in an amusement park.

There are naughty children, pink candy floss and courting couples taken from every corner of Sheffield.

Dancer James O’Connell returns to his Sheffield roots during a break from the West End and is reunited with Maureen Law who was his first dance teacher.

There is also a first for show director Richard Bradford and co-director Linda Kelly.

Their three-year-old daughter Evie has her first appearance in the spotlight as a Snow child and prompted plenty of ‘ahhhs’ from the admiring audience.

Richard thanked everyone who is involved in the impressive production and the many rehearsals beforehand.

The company is collecting money at each performance for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Manor Operatics stages two big productions each year - and work is already under way on this year’s panto Dick Whittington.

n Carousel is on at the City Hall until Saturday. Tickets available on 01709 365108 or via the City Hall Box Office on 0114 223 3752.

Back to the top of the page