Natalie Ford and Cooper David Grodin star in Light Opera Works’ Carousel, August 14-29, 2010, at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston.Photo by Rich Foreman

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Light Opera Works presents its second show of the season, “Carousel,” Aug. 14-29 at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. In Rogers and Hammerstein’s most grandly romantic musical, headstrong carnival barker Billy Bigelow falls for the demure young Julie Jordan. Their love story transcends time and death itself. Years after his death, he is given the chance to return to earth for one day, where he hopes to teach his troubled daughter an all-important lesson about love.

“Carousel” boasts a score bursting with classic songs, including “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” “Carousel” is based on Ferenc Molnar’s play “Liliom” as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer. Ticket prices run $32-$92 – half-price for those aged 21 and younger and may be purchased by calling 847-869-6300 or visiting

The musical is directed and choreographed by Stacey Flaster, with music director Roger L. Bingaman conducting the 30-piece orchestra. The cast includes Cooper David Grodin (Billy Bigelow), Natalie Ford (Julie Jordan), Elizabeth Lanza (Carrie Pipperidge), George Keating (Enoch Snow) and Winifred Faix Brown (Nettie Fowler).