This Summer’s TSP Theme Is…

July 8th, 2010

We here at Carousel have a soft spot for a good romance, and when it came time to choose a theme for The Taming of the Shrew, one classic romance came to mind.  We are excited to announce that this year’s production is inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s film ‘Moulin Rouge’!  Set in turn-of-the-century Bohemian Paris, ‘Moulin Rouge’ tells the tragic story of star performer Satine and penniless writer Christian, and the unique poets, dancers, and artists that surround them.  What a perfect fit for charismatic Kate and her broke suitor Petruchio!

Moulin Rouge


This production will sparkle with beautiful costumes (designed by the fabulous Jane Sanden), exciting dance sequences (courtesy of choreographer Melissa Young) and plenty of romance (thank you William Shakespeare!)  Starting July 30th, our teen actors will take the stage nightly for our free production!  Can’t wait?  Neither can we!  To tide you over until then, here is some trivia on our film inspiration ‘Moulin Rouge’, courtesy of

  • The word “love” and its variations (loved, loves, loving, lover and lovers) appear in this film 143 times.
  • In the scene where all the gentlemen throw their hats up in the air, all the hats were suspended on fishing wire.
  • “Come What May” was written for Romeo + Juliet (1996) but not used. In Moulin Rouge, it is newly written for the stage show by Christian. It is the only completely original song in the entire film. However, because it was written for another film, it was disqualified for the Oscars’ Best Song award.
  • The necklace worn by Nicole Kidman was made of real diamonds and platinum and was the most expensive piece of jewelery ever specifically made for a film. The Stefano Canturi necklace was made with 1,308 diamonds, weighing a total of 134 carats and was worth an estimated US$1 million.
  • Both Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor wore harnesses for the scenes on the elephant as they were standing 60ft off the ground.

One Response to This Summer’s TSP Theme Is…

  1. hello all,
    I’m Seamus and a member of the Cast. I just wnat to say that the show is still in teh early rehearsal process but is already looking awesome and hilarious [wait till you see me come down the hill]. And i hope evryone who read this blog will come and see us do teh can-can and thorw insults back and forth.
    see you all there

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