Simpson Board of Trustees buys carousel from ‘Carousel’

Carousel_1Last weekend, Simpson’s theater and opera department put on their joint production of Roger and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” for one weekend and one weekend only. But is this truly the last we have seen of “Carousel” at Simpson?

The show received outstanding reviews from critics and all four of its performances were well attended. Cast and crew were well rewarded for their efforts and hard work.

However, the real star of the show was the carousel for which the show was named. Even though the carousel itself was only on stage for 15 minutes, it was the talk of the crowd following the show.

Tom Miller, a sophomore at Simpson and carousel enthusiast, was astounded at how well the carousel performed.“It was marvelous!” Miller gushed. “It spun, it had horses… it was by far one of the best carousels I have ever seen!”

Members of the Simpson Board of Trustees who attended the show were impressed as well. So much so, they decided that Simpson could not do without a carousel of its own. After Sunday’s final showing, Trustees purchased the carousel used in the production from the theater department for the paltry sum of $50,000. The acquisition will make Simpson the first college west of the Mississippi to have its own carousel.

“The turnout to watch other people play on the carousel in the theater was fantastic!” exclaimed John Moneybags of the Board of Trustees. “I’m sure our students will be excited to have a carousel of their own to ride on campus.”

The decision of the Board has perplexed and confused many, including Jennifer Nostrala, the director of “Carousel.”

“We tried explaining to them that this wasn’t a real carousel and the students were actors, not actual carousel operators,” said Nostrala. “But the board just wouldn’t listen!”

Ground will be broken next week to install the carousel around the giant tree sculpture in the pedestrian plaza. The carousel, which will operate 24/7 starting Jan. 1, is expected to create more work-study positions for students, such as carousel operators and organ players.

Professor Bernard McDonald could not be reached for comment on the current situation. McDonald’s personal manservant explained that he is currently working on the music for Simpson’s next big production: “Roller Coaster.”

By: Luke Johnston

Photo by: Luke Behaunek

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