By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Babirra Music Theatre. Director: Chris Bradke. Musical Director: Ryan Jacobs. Choreographer: Di Crouch. The Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading. October 11 – 19, 2013.
There was much to like about Babirra’s Carousel, though it didn’t quite scale the heights they have been achieving recently. The opening was impressive with a full size abstract carousel being erected by Billy Bigelow on the revolving stage with flashing lights and two dimensional horses. It was a lot of effort for a few minutes.
The revolving stage occupied most of the stage area and was used quite extensively with great effect. It also meant that some scenes were played with a bare stage, but effective lighting made for a successful show.