Caroline, or Change

Caroline, or Change
April 18 - June 21, 2009 (Opening April 24)
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Set in 1963 Louisiana, against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, Kennedy's assassination and the Vietnam war, this Tony-nominated musical centers on Caroline Thibodeaux, a divorced African American maid and Noah Gellman, the eight-year-old son of the Jewish family for whom she works. When Caroline finds loose change in Noah's pants pockets at laundry time, Noah's stepmother Rose tells her to keep it to teach him a lesson and to treat her four children. Yet the acceptance of change - from taking money from a child to coping with memories of the past - does not come easily and threatens to crush Caroline's relationships and spirit. It's finally through her independent teenage daughter's vision and strength that Caroline realizes that change can, in fact, set her free.

Featuring a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek the Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie), it blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies, creating a breathtaking medium for Kushner's provocative and personal story. When Caroline, or Change opened in New York, Frank Rich of The New York Times called the musical "extraordinary" and Time magazine noted "the score is almost entirely sung through -- but with a story so grounded in the ordinary details of life in a specific place and time that it almost seems to have discovered a new genre."

Sponsored by Ameriprise Financial 


Run time

2 hours 30 minutes with one intermission


Resources

Play Guide created by the Guthrie Theater

L.A. Times: "Loss and Joy: Music leavens the agony of an era in Caroline, or Change" by Tony Kushner

Listen to clips from the original Broadway recording of  Caroline, or Change.



The critics hail Caroline, or Change as a must-see production!

"An engrossing, must-see event! Oglesby delivers the best performance on a Twin Cities stage this year." -- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

"As marvelous, enchanting, and soul-stirring a show as you’re ever going to see, and if you choose to forego the chance to experience the Guthrie’s absolutely spectacular production of it, you will be missing the opportunity of a lifetime. There's no way for mere words to do this production justice. You have to see it to appreciate it. This is a show everyone ought to see." -- Tad Simons, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

"This unconventional musical journey unsettles, shakes and moves the heart." Oglesby "may well be giving the performance of a lifetime." -- Quinton Skinner, Pioneer Press

 

Cast

Caroline Thibodeaux
Greta Oglesby
The Washing Machine Jamecia Bennett
The Radio

Felicia Boswell
Lynnea Doublette
Aurelia Williams

Noah Gellman

Noah Coon
Ryan McDowell Poehler

 The Dryer

T. Mychael Rambo

Grandma Gellman
Grandpa Gellman

Michelle Barber
Peter Thomson

          Rose Stopnick Gellman
Julie Reiber
Stuart Gellman
Bradley Greenwald
 Dotty Moffett
Regina Marie Williams
 The Moon Aimee K. Bryant
 The Bus T. Mychael Rambo
 Emmie Thibodeaux
Nikki Renee Daniels
 Jackie Thibodeaux
Versell Ford IV
Jackson M. Hurst
 Joe Thibodeaux
Julius Andrews IV
Zadir King
  Mr. Stopnick
Kenny Morris
 † alternate performances

Artistic Staff

 Director/Choreographer 
Marcela Lorca
 Musical Director/Conductor 
Andrew Cooke
 Set Designer 
Richard Hoover
 Costume Designer 
Candice Donnelly
 Lighting Designer 
Mary Louise Geiger
 Sound Designer 
Scott W. Edwards
 Dramaturg  
Jo Holcomb
 Voice and Dialect Coach 
Lucinda Holshue
 Production Stage Manager 
Russell W. Johnson*
 Assistant Stage Managers 
Jason Clusman*
Elizabeth R. MacNally*

Assistant Director/
Assistant Choreographer 

Marcus Quiniones

 

Photo Gallery

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production photos by Michal Daniel