Past Productions


2023-24 Season

Death of a Salesman

After many years on the road as a traveling salesman, Willy Loman realizes he has been a failure as a father and a husband. His sons, Happy and Biff, are not successful—on his terms (being “well liked”) or any others. His career fading, Willy escapes into dreamy reminiscences of an idealized past. In the play’s climactic scene, Biff prepares to leave home, starts arguing with Willy, confesses that he has spent three months in jail, and mocks his father’s belief in “a smile and a shoeshine.”

2022-23 Season

Steel Magnolias

By: Robert Harling

Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling, explores the ups and downs in the lives of six Louisiana women over the course of three years, beginning with the quickly approaching wedding of Shelby Eatenton.  Set against the backdrop of Truvy Jones’ beauty salon, we are introduced to the curmudgeon, Ouiser Boudreaux, the shy and eager new assistant, Annelle Dupuy-Desoto, the eccentric millionaire, Clairee Belcher, and the soon to be mother of the bride, M’Lynn Eatenton. A heart warming testament to the bond of friendship between women, Steel Magnolias asks audiences to question what is most important in life, and who will be there to laugh and cry beside you? Carousel Theatre is excited to be present a women lead production, from the cast on stage to the production team leading the charge. Truely a story for women, about women and by women.


By: Neil Simon

Four couples arrive at the townhouse of a deputy New York City mayor and his wife to attend a party celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary. However, the four couples soon discover that there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the deputy mayor has shot himself in the head (it’s only a flesh wound). Comic complications arise when, given everyone’s upper-class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media.

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

2021-22 Season

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By: Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell

[Title of Show] written by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, directed by Alex Lindsley is a quirky musical comedy about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. Based in New York City with ever changing pop culture references and upbeat music, [Title of Show] is sure to have audience laughing all night long.

And Then There Were None

By: Agatha Christie

Ten strangers are lured to a desolate island estate where they are marooned, then each in turn accused of a prior murder by a mysterious voice.  One by one the “ten little soldiers” are themselves murdered, their fates described in a nursery rhyme, while those remaining fight for survival.  The excitement starts like a thunderclap and never lets up as the rhyme moves toward the final verse, “And then there were none.”

Next to Normal

By: Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt

Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt and directed by Chris Williams presents the ideas of loss and mental health within a small family unit, and how different people cope with personal traumas. With beautifully written music and lyrics, the show allows audiences to explore the minds of the Goodman family as they are forced to address their own battles.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

By: William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin

It’s time for the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! Join us as 6 competitors take the stage for a chance to compete at Nationals! Carousel Theatre is excited to present this fun and witty musical, sure to leave you laughing. Written by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, directed by Shawn Pavlik and music directed by Alison Buechler, we follow 6 elementary school students as the attempt to take home first place of their local spelling bee. Filled with wild and over the top characters and a great score, this show is sure to be a must see!

2020-21 Season

A Digital Cabaret

Carousel Theatre was proud to present A Digital Cabaret. An evening of socially distanced music and fun for everyone!

The (Not So) Lonely Hearts Club Cabaret

Carousel Theatre was proud to present The (Not So) Lonely Hearts Club Cabaret. A live stream jazz cabaret celebrating love and Valentines Day featuring a number of incredible performers!

The Play-Write Project

Carousel Theatre took on a new and exciting challenge by hosting a group of five budding playwrights in our new creative endeavor, The Play-Write Project. Presented virtually on Facebook and Youtube over July and August in 2021.

2019-20 Season

Delusions of Power

Written and Directed by David Dubczak

A popular president faces her first real challenge: a case of accidental hallucinogenic drug use by the vice president while the president is undergoing surgery. Pandemonium breaks out while the White House staff tries to cover for a delusional vice president in the midst of unexpected domestic and international crises. Will the White House cover this up, tell the truth, or do something else?


By: Sarah Ruhl

Carousel Theatre of Indianola is proud to present Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Chris Williams and assistant directed by Emma Norman. A retelling of the classic Orpheus and Eurydice Greek tragedy, the story follows as Eurydice suddenly dies on her wedding day and finds herself in the underworld. There she has all memories of her past life ripped away from her,  including those of her new husband Orpheus. Shortly after arriving, she is reunited with her father , and we watch as he struggles to remind her of all the things she has lost.

A Year With Frog and Toad, TYA

By: Robert and Willie Reale

A Year with Frog and Toad TYA, written by Robert and Willie Reale and based on the books by Arnold Lobel, follows a year in the life of best friends Frog and Toad. Frog and Toad plant gardens, go swimming, bake cookies and go on adventures with the other creatures living by the pond they call home.

2019 Season

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

By: Ken Kesey

Based on the novel by Ken Kesey, Once Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest tells the story of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a rebellious prisoner, after he has been transferred to a state mental hospital for evaluation. Once there, his conflict with Nurse Ratched, the iron-fisted and inflexible nurse in charge of the psychiatric ward, begins to affect those around them. Winning over his fellow patients, McMurphy helps them in facing their individual struggles, all while suffering from his own.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

By: Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken, and Peter Parnell

Carousel Theatre of Indianola is proud to present The Hunchback of Notre Dame. A musical retelling of the classic novel by Victor Hugo, with familiar songs by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by Peter Parnell.

2018 Season

Moon Over Bufalo

By: Ken Ludwig

A fun and zany farce by Ken Ludwig, Moon Over Buffalo follows as two washed up actors, George and Charolette Hay, set up shop in Buffalo, New York only to have their world come crashing down around them when their daughter comes to visit. Filled with over the top characters and plenty of miscommunication, this show is sure to leave your sides hurting.

Gilligan's Island: the Musical

By: Hope and Laurence Juber

Just sit back and enjoy a three hour tour! We are proud to present the Iowa premier of Gilligan’s Island: the Musical! Bringing the classic TV show to life one more time on the stage with fun musical numbers, Gilligan’s Island: the Musical is a comedy you need to see!

Noir Suspicions

by: David Landau and Nikki Stern

Noir Suspicions is an exciting murder mystery following Richard Archer “Just Plain Rick”, Sheila Wonderly, Anthony Cairo, Sydney Ferrari, the Deputy Inspector Rigfield, Ingrid Laszlo, Judge Koch and all the rest. Come see all the confusion when a dead man’s body is found on the docks, and our characters are forced to figure out whodunit.

2017 Season

Radium Girls

By: D.W. Gregory

Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter for the US Radium Corporation, who seeks justice for herself and her fellow dial painters who were suffering from a rash of mysterious illnesses caused by the use of radium in luminous watches.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

By: Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Linda Woolverton

Disney’s classic movie, Beauty and the Beast, comes to life once again on the stage. Following the story of Belle and her dreams of finding adventure outside of her provincial town and the Beast and his quest to find someone to love and have love him in return.

To Wake the Dead

By: Lee Meuller

Renown Mystery writer Fred Finnegan has died and all his friends have gathered at his wake. His agent, Lenord Elmore,  presides over the wake along with Fred’s widow Joyce. Along side a number other outrageous characters they must unravel the mystery of Fred’s death.

2016 Season

The Nerd

The Nerd centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. However, Rick’s awkward manner and inappropriate behavior throw the occasion into shambles. It turns out that Rick is a stupid nerd who overstays his welcome with a vengeance.


By: John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

An Audition for Murder

By: Lee Mueller

A Theatre group is holding auditions for a Murder Mystery called “Death of A Disco Dancer” and all of the typical actors show up to audition. There is the militant method actress, the ditzy Drama queen, the energetic actor who never seems to get a part in anything, the accomplished theatre major, the ego-centric actor who always gets a role and his gorgeous assistant who holds his imported bottled water and carries his Portfolio and more. All seems to be going well, at first, until a mystery appears and it’s up to the cast and directors to solve it.