Photo Coverage: Carnival Opens at Paper Mill Playhouse

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Carnival opened at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ on March 12th after beginning previews on March 8th; it will run through April 9th.

Elena Shaddow (Fiddler on the Roof, Nine) plays Lili while Paul
Shoeffler (Sweet Charity, Peter Pan) is seen as Marco, and Charlie Pollock (I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change) plays Paul. In addition, the show features Jennifer Allen as Rosalie, Eric Michael Gillett as Jacquot and Nick Wyman as Schlagel. Erica Schmidt directs the colorful Carnival, Peter Pucci handles the choreography and Tom Helm serves as musical director.

In Carnival, Lili is "a shy lonely orphan who is enchanted with the desire to join the glamorous carnival. Searching for her place in the carnival, she joins a puppet act and soon finds that love makes the world go 'round," state Paper Mill press notes. In addition to "Love Makes the World Go Round," the musical's score includes "Mira," "Her Face," "Beautiful Candy," "Always, Always You" and other songs.

Tickets range from $19-$68. Call (973) 376-4343 or visit

Vanessa Pollock and Charlie Pollock (Paul)

Peter Pucci (Choreographer) and Erica Schmidt (Director)

Charlie Pollock and Will Chase (Lennon, Aida)

Will Chase, Vanessa Pollock, Charlie Pollock and Partick Parker (Artistic Associate)

John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys) and Alison Franck (Casting Director)

Charlie Pollock, Erica Schmidt and Elena Shaddow (Lili)

Paul Schoeffler (Marco) and Jennifer Allen (Rosalie)

Paul Schoeffler and Mark Hoebee (Associate Artistic Director)

Cast members Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Jason Babinsky and Sarah Lin Johnson

Elena Shaddow with her proud parents

Michael Gennaro (President and CEO of the Paper Mill Playhouse), Nick Wyman (Schlegel) and Katlyn Wyman

Michael Gennaro (center) with the puppeteers--Benjie Randall, Drew Costese, Charlie Pollock and Eric Michael Gillett (Jacquot)

Charlie Pollock, Will Chase and John Lloyd Young

Cast members Michael Fielder, Mindy Wallace and David Garry

Charlie Pollock and Elena Shaddow

Will Chase, Elena Shaddow, Charlie Pollock and Vanessa Pollock

Will Chase, Elena Shaddow, Charlie Pollock, Vanessa Pollock, Nick Wyman and Eric Michael Gillett

Michael Gennaro and John Lloyd Young

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