Sunday, November 10, 2013

Carousel, Act 1

Since we ate out for lunch, I made this meal for T for supper tonight.

It is based on the musical, Carousel, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Here are the details...

three carousel horses > horse-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a striped paper straw placed inside of each

sparkling star > star shape cut from pie dough, baked, and sprinkled with powdered sugar and coarse sugar

starbursts with sparkling star picks > tortilla chips

Synopsis of Act 1

The musical begins with Billy polishing stars Up There...and then flashes back to how it all began....

Two young female mill workers in 1873 Maine visit the town's carousel after work.  One of them, Julie Jordan, attracts the attention of the carousel barker, Billy Bigelow.  When Julie lets Billy put his arm around her during the carousel ride, Mrs. Mullin, the widowed owner of the carousel, tells Julie never to return.  Julie and her friend, Carrie Pipperidge, argue with Mrs. Mullin.

Billy arrives and, seeing that Mrs. Mullin is jealous, mocks her.  As a result, he is fired from his job.  Billy, unconcerned, invites Julie to join him for a drink.  As Billy goes to get his belongings, Carrie presses Julie about her feelings toward him, but Julie is evasive.  Carrie has a beau too, fisherman Enoch Snow.

Billy returns for Julie as the departing Carrie warns that staying out late means the loss of Julie's job.  Mr. Bascombe, owner of the mill, happens by and offers to escort Julie to her home.  She refuses and is fired from her job at the mill.  Left alone, Julie and Billy talk about what life might be like if they were in love, but neither quite confesses to the growing attraction they feel for each other.

source:  Wikipedia

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