It’s almost time: “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy, days of summer,” those days your kids will make you nuts! Before they begin to sing that famous chorus, “I’m bored!” visit us here at the library for some free fun to take home. Better yet, come on down once a week to pick a new game (or two, or three) to try. Why spend your money on a game they’ll play for a week, get sick of, and never play again when you can borrow one here for FREE! The library has an ever growing collection of outdoor games, board games, and video games. Have you checked any out yet?
March has finally crept past, the April showers have dried up, May Day has come and gone, and now, as perhaps the most famous musical theater ode to a calendar month ever written so lyrically declares, June is “bustin’ out all over”.
The second (after Oklahoma!) storied collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Carousel tells, primarily, the story of the romance between carousel barker, Billy Bigelow, and millworker, Julie Jordan, a romance which tragically drives Bigelow to participate in a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child.
But after it goes tragically wrong, Bigelow is given a chance to make things right.
Despite the legendary shadow of Oklahoma! looming large over their efforts, Rodgers and Hammerstein set to work on a musical theater version of Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 play, Liliom, changing, among other things, the setting from Budapest to the coastline of Maine, and certainly altering the downward dramatic trajectory of the second act of Molnár’s play which includes the title character’s suicide. The final result opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945, and, in the process, the duo created yet another integral part of the American songbook.
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