Carousel (2010)

The Players celebrates its 1st decade—performing what Time Magazine called the Best Musical of the 20th century—Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel!

Monday, July 19th is a very big deal for SFArtsED Players, Alumni, and the kids who’ve rehearsed long and hard at Summer Camp. They’ll be performing the concert version with the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony. At the stunning San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Plan on being there in a celebratory mood! See the ticket options below and raise a glass with all of us at the VIP Pre Show Reception, sponsored by Taste Catering.

W H E N  > July 19, 2010 • Reception @ 6:30pm  •  Show @ 8:00pm

W H E R E  > San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco

Students from over 40 SF schools come together. Not a stadium in sight: Carousel.

This was another event that underlines the arts aren’t all about paste and glue. (Although tight collaboration might make you think so.) Last summer kids fiercely teamed together, trained with professional Artist teachers and performed a disciplined, researched concert musical called Carousel: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s own favorite.

The kids were SFArtsED Players and SFArtsED Summer Camp students attending Broadway Bound sessions. They joined 15 SFArtsED Players Alumni, returning from programs in colleges and universities all over the country to work toward live performances with the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony. Go to our SFArtsED Players page for more.

You are the glue that keeps art education programs intact and that brings professional Artists-In-Residence to public schools — in every San Francisco corner and hill — all year long.

Not that any sculptures were in attendance, but you’d have to be made of stone not to have wept at Carousel.

This performance was headed towards made-for-tissues moments from the time it was conceived. Henry Shin (Conductor/Musical Director) broached the idea that we could tackle the concert version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s favorite musical. We called back 15 Players Alumni from all over the country and more than a few performing arts college programs. And Director Danny Duncan began rallying the troupes for July.

Oh, yes. There’s more: during rehearsals, admission would have been paid to see 9-15 year-old SFArtsED Players coach college performers as their understudies, once the young adults landed in San Francisco. Carousel was performed as it’s rarely seen today, with live musicians: UC Berkeley Summer Symphony. San Francisco’s Conservatory of Music was our stunning venue.

And if that weren’t enough to bring out the tissues, it was also the 10th Anniversary of SFArtsED Players. To two sold out audiences and three more free performances at SOTA (San Francisco School of the Arts) we were in proud awe as 58 Broadway Bound performers as young as 9, fresh from our Summer Camp, celebrated their own personal bests.

We’d like to leave you with a quotation from one of our Players Alumni, Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr.: 

“I have SFArtsED to thank for giving me such high level tools at a very young age that have followed me through high school, college, and will follow me in the future.”

Thanks to our performers for their level of commitment, passion and intensity. And thanks to you for supporting all of this.