Carousel Character Breakdown/Sides
Billy Bigelow SIDE
handsome, cocky, charismatic barker for Mullin’s Carousel. Proud, troubled, hard-headed, torn between right and wrong. In love with Julie Jordan. Must be a strong singer and a strong actor.
Julie Jordan SIDE
quiet, naïve mill worker who falls in love with Billy Bigelow. Julie has an inner strength and maturity in the second act as the mother of fifteen-year-old Louise. Must be a strong singer and a strong actor.
Carrie Pipperidge SIDE
lively, funny friend and coworker of Julie Jordan. In love with Enoch Snow, Carrie offers a light-hearted balance to Julie’s seriousness. Must be a strong singer and strong actor.
Enoch Snow SIDE
a bumbling, adorably shy fisherman with big plans for the future. A successful and somewhat pompous business owner in the second act. Must be a strong singer and strong actor. Tenor.
Nettie Fowler SIDE
Soft-hearted, hearty coastal woman who owns and runs a seaside business. Nettie is Julie’s strength throughout the show. Must be a strong singer and actor. Motherly figure to Julie.
the dangerous, menacing seaman friend of Billy’s who ultimately leads Billy astray. A con man with a bit of humor and an eye for Carrie Pipperidge. Must be a good singer and a strong actor.
middle-aged widow and owner of the carousel. Jealously in love with Billy. This role may double with the ensemble.
the very strict owner of the local textile mill where Julie, Carrie, and the other girls work. This role will double with the ensemble.
a heavenly figure. Dr. Seldon is the earthy version of the Starkeeper. This role may double with the ensemble.
an angel sent to bring Billy to the Starkeeper after Billy’s death. This role will double with the ensemble.
this is a major dancing role. Louise dances the entire ballet in the second act. A non-singing role that requires acting ability.
Enoch Snow, Jr.
the son of Enoch and Carrie, he appears in the second act. He likes Louise (Julie & Billy’s daughter) but thinks she is beneath his station. This role will double with the ensemble.
all types and vocal ranges. Ensemble members will play townspeople, including the girls from the mill, seafaring men, policemen, ship captain, principal, etc.