WHAT: Truman High School presents “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.”

The story takes place in a late 19th century coastal town where carnival barker Billy Bigelow and millworker Julie Jordan have a romance that comes with the price of their jobs.  In order to provide for his unborn child and Julie, Billy attempts a robbery that somehow gives him an opportunity to make everything right.  

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 20; Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.  Plus a matinee performance Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Truman High School auditorium, 3301 S. Noland Road in Independence

TICKETS: $7 in advance by calling the school at 816-521-5350 and $8 at the door.  

WHY SHOULD YOU GO SEE IT?: “It’s considered the best Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, and it has a moving story that everyone can relate to with themes of guilt and forgiveness,” said “Carousel” director and Truman High School theater instructor Ron Meyer.

CAST (in order of appearance):

Carrie Pipperidge - Hailey Quinn

Julie Jordan - Abby Schultz

Mrs. Mullen - Maddie LeVota

Billy Bigelow - Val Mathenia

Timony - Jesse Ulberg

David Bascombe - Logan Easter

Sailors - Jose Calderon, Brenden Chandler, David Figueroa, Glenn Hubbard, John Kelsay, Korey Postoak and Jordan Williams

Fishermen - Gavin Bechtold, Matt Bourgeois, Justin Burton, Joel Fears, Alex Millard and Melvin Price

Arminy - Rosie Smith

Village girls - Keyla Ayala, Olyvia Jones, Karly Kinsey, Alexis Lee, Erykah Lowe, Kendall Maples, Ariana Mendoza, Maddie

Petentler, Lillian Ridge, Teala Sadler, Stefanie Schramm and Tabitha Williams

Nettie Fowler - Kali Shoaf

Enoch Snow - Jacob Snow

Jigger Craigin - Sonny Erstad

Captain Watson - Jordan Williams

Second Policeman - Dyllan Graves

Heavenly Friend - Rosie Smith

The Starkeeper - Mitch Pritchard

Louise Bigelow - Mallory Colby

Ruffians - Matt Bourgeosis and Alex Millard

Enoch Snow Jr. - Jaggard Williams

Snow children - Hunter Arnote, Erryn Boatright, Carter Nowak, Ella Reinhardt, Anna Sapp, Sarah Sickles and Jackson Temples

Carnival boy - Glenn Hubbard

Carnival dancers - Sam DuVall, Annjanette Hutchinson, Lorinda Ruz, Faith Schulte, Raquel Smith-Collier and Trinity Tart

Baby Snow - Jonah Turnbow

Principal - Brenden Chandler


Director - Ron Meyer

Conductor - Joshua Hurt

Vocal director - Kim Evans

Choreographer - Heather Foose

Accompanist - Linda Mann

Scenic designer - Ron Meyer

Lighting designer - Kerry Chafin

Costume coordinator - Ron Meyer and Kansas City Costume

Properties coordinator - Ron Meyer

Sound designer - Kerry Chafin

Technical directors - Kerry Chafin and Ron Meyer

Director’s assistant - Shealyn Hedrick

Booth manager - Zach Johnson

Deck managers - Shealyn Hedrick

Lobby display - Jeff Freeman

Lighting engineer - Lauren Conner

Sound engineer - David Waterworth

Spotlight operators - Noah Deitrick and Molly Ross

Running crew - Sarah Bass, Parker Elefson, Ethan McAuley and Luisa Sipinge

Flymen - Skyler Stiers and Stevon Sickles

Box office - Emma Baker, Carly Beck and Taylor Simms

Children’s Proctor - Destiny Moore

Volunteer leader - Wendy Snow
Gift runners - Samantha Pritchard and Andrea Sosa

Program design and layout - Ron Meyer

Publicity - Heather Foose, Shea Hedrick, Josh Hurt and Ron Meyer


Flute - Ally Diveley, Taylor Handshy, Chase Holman-Eddleblute, Laura Presler and Kelli Reinkemeyer

Clarinet - Sierra Browne-Jenkins, Jasmine Clevenger, Britney Clifton, Ms. Rachel Maday and MaryRose O’Hara

Oboe/English horn - Collin McClaran

French horn - Taryn Griffin, Brandon Huxley and Lauren Wood

Trumpet - Cole Caswell, Sam Heacock and Mr. Todd Reinhardt

Harpist - Andrea Zorich

Low brass - Laura Friend, Cedric Gibbs, Antonio Johnson and Tanner Masters

Percussion - Ian Harmon, Mr. Brandon Johnson and Matt Strauss

Piano - Ms. Linda Mann

Synthesizer - Ms. Jessica Wikle

Violin - Caleb Caviness, Aso Fuiava, Tessa Fuimano, Rosa Rodriguez and Sariah Sauni

Viola - Gwen Jenkins and Katie Olsen

Cello - Remy Mathenia and Ms. Allison Ross