Betsy Morgan and Nicholas Rodriguez to Star in Carousel at Arena Stage
Broadway veteran Kate Rockwell also joins the cast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
Betsy Morgan (First Daughter Suite, The King and I) and Nicholas Rodriguez (Arena's My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!) will costar as Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow, the ill-fated romantic pair in the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
The cast will also feature E. Faye Butler (Arena's Pullman Porter Blues) as Mrs. Mullin, Ann Arvia (Arena's Fiddler on the Roof) as Nettie Fowler, Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages) as Carrie Pipperidge, Kurt Boehm (Arena's Born for This) as Enoch Snow, Kyle Schliefer (Arena's Oliver!) as Jigger Craigin, Skye Mattox (West Side Story) as Louise Bigelow, Jacob Beasley as Enoch Snow, Jr., Rayanne Gonzales as Mrs. Bascombe, Michael Graceffa as Carnival Boy, Thomas Adrian Simpson as David Bascombe, and Stephawn Stephens as Captain. In the roles of the Starkeeper and Heavenly Friend will be two young local actors — 13-year-old Nicole Wildy of Howard County, Maryland and 15-year-old Joshua Otten of Fauquier County, Virginia.
Rounding out the ensemble are Gracie Jones, Danielle Sue Jordan, Ethan Kasnett, Emma Sophie Moore, Tony Neidenbach (dance captain), Bridget Riley, Paul Scanlan, Jessica Wu, and Phil Young, with swings Katie Arthur and Jay Westin and Heavenly Friend/Starkeeper u/s Isabella Brody.
Helmed by Arena Artistic Director Molly Smith, the creative team will include music director Sportelli, set designer Todd Rosenthal, choreographer Esse, fight choreographer David Leong, lighting designer Ilona Somogyi, sound designers Joshua Horvath and Ray Nardelli, wig designer Anne Nesmith, dialect coach Lynn Watson, associate and text director Anita Maynard-Losh, associate music director William Yanesh, assistant choreographer Tony Neidenbach, stage manager Susan R. White, assistant stage manager Trevor Riley, and production assistant Elle Bolin.