Belton, Texas - The stage was set, the cast was prepared, and the Carousel was ready to turn. Then a global pandemic broke out, and the show could not go on. This week, the cast of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s cancelled spring musical, Carousel, released a special recording of the show’s finale called The Storm Project, produced via the Zoom meeting app.
Students were cast for this spring’s production of Carousel during the fall. Before Spring Break, they had been rehearsing multiple days a week. Every one of the show’s musical numbers had been choreographed, and each scene had been blocked.
“All of the preparation was really paying off,” Isabelle Smith, a senior cast in the role of Nettie, said. “We were getting ready to start running the show before everything hit with Covid-19.”
The cast was devastated to learn that the premiere they had been envisioning would never come.