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PUBLISHED: 08 / July 2024

CARRIE THE MUSICAL: A Haunting Journey of Vengeance and Redemption

Carrie the Musical is a thrilling stage adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel, “Carrie.” From 22 – 24 August at the Civic Playhouse, experience the haunting story of Carrie White, a shy and troubled high school girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers. Tormented by her peers and oppressed by her fanatically religious mother, Carrie’s quest for acceptance takes a dark turn on prom night, culminating in a catastrophic display of her newfound abilities.

With a score blending haunting melodies and powerful rock anthems, Carrie the Musical explores themes of bullying, vengeance, and the longing for connection. Known for its intense performances, dramatic staging, and iconic blood-drenched scenes, it offers a gripping and emotionally charged experience that confronts the horrors of cruelty and the desire for revenge.

Co-directed by Ali Hodge (Sweet Charity, Wedding Singer) and Rachel Stark (Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia), the production emphasises the purity of storytelling. “The set and staging are pared back to allow the cast and audience to focus on the story,” said Ali. “The willingness of these young actors, alongside our adult cast, to dive into darker material is exciting. It’s satisfying to discuss with the younger generation about who we are as human beings and why we do the things we do. They continually impress us with their emotional maturity.”

Produced by Hunter Drama and featuring a cast of professional adults and a dynamic group of teenagers, many of whom have performed together for years, Carrie the Musical highlights the pressures teens face to fit in. “The pressure to fit in is intense,” said Rachel. “The need to conform can lead to regrettable behaviour, but when a few brave individuals choose differently, it inspires others to follow. Our cast’s portrayal of these complex characters has sparked ongoing discussions about respect and the impact of our words and actions.”

The vocal work in this production is equally remarkable, featuring a challenging score by Academy Award winners Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment) and Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose). “This small cast of teenagers tackles a score requiring 5 to 6 part harmonies and ever-changing patterns. Each song’s chorus presents a new challenge, which the cast eagerly embraces,” Ali explained. “We are proud to be training this next generation of performers. The skills and work ethic they develop on a show like Carrie will serve them well in their future careers.”

Tickets are on sale now through Civic Playhouse. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Civic Playhouse.