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A Word About the Play
On April 20, 1945 the morning after the Theater Guild introduced Rodgers and Hammerstein's new musical at the Majestic Theater, eight New York newspapers acclaimed Carousel as one of the fine musicals of the decade and the best since Oklahoma. And the critics voiced their praises through 890 Broadway performances, for the Rodgers and Hammerstein team had triumphed again.
But with Carousel they abandoned the usual happy go lucky formula of their musicals for a play presenting a sadly sentimental theme. They did not, however, lose the habit of pregnating the story with fine music. June ls Bustin' Out All Over, If I Loved you, You'll Never Walk Alone, and What's the Use of Won'drin' and the rest of the score you are about to hear have taken their place with the great tunes of our time - part of our musical heritage.
It is the hope of the Masque that you enjoy and cherish these songs as much as we enjoy singing them for you. And if you like them, sing them often, and sing with us as... The Waltz Begins.
Theatre and Performance Studies
La Salle College, "Carousel" (1955). The Masque Programs. 96.
The Masque is having a birthday, and CAROUSEL is its party. Twenty Springs ago, a group of undergraduates clustered around a young Accounting Instructor, Joseph Sprissler, and decided to have some fun and call it, appropriately, a play. Twenty Springs later, we're still having fun; we're calling it CAROUSEL.
In the course of those twenty years, The Masque has had an intermittent history. It has also had its ups (You Can't Take It With You - Maytime - Our Town - State of the Union - The Male Animal - The Lady's Not for Burning) and its downs (which shall be nameless), but it has had on unmitigated good time. The Masque is La Salle at its happiest; it is Twentieth and Olney lit up to the skies; it is our good patron, St. La Salle, with a big grin on his face.
And so this present production, CAROUSEL, is dedicated to Joseph Sprissler, now Dr. Sprissler, La Salle's Comptroller; to Brother Christopher, another former moderator who is now La Salle's Dean; to Brother Gregory - of the La Salle High School faculty, who painted sets when fainter men faltered: to Charlie Kelly, who revived The Masque in faltering post-war days.
We hope they like - and you like - what we've become.