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PORT KENNEDY RES­I­DENT CAST IN CAR­RIE

Southern Telegraph - - News -

Port Kennedy res­i­dent Ruth Ben­nett is help­ing to bring Stephen King’s clas­sic novel Car­rie to the stage as a mu­si­cal.

Di­rected by Ryan S. McNally at Phoenix The­atre, the story fol­lows town mis­fit Car­rie White, bul­lied by the pop­u­lar crowd while re­main­ing vir­tu­ally in­vis­i­ble to every­one else.

At home, she is at the mercy of her over-pro­tec­tive and abu­sive mother but Car­rie soon discovers with her com­ing of age that she has tele­ki­netic pow­ers.

So when hu­mil­i­ated by her class­mates at the high school prom, she wreaks havoc on every­one and ev­ery­thing in her path.

Ben­nett plays Sue, a straight-A stu­dent.

“She’s been pop­u­lar her en­tire life and is re­mark­ably level-headed for her age,” she said.

“Sue’s un­think­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in a cruel act of bul­ly­ing causes a cri­sis of con­science that leads her on a jour­ney to try to right things.

“The main chal­lenge with the role is por­tray­ing the neg­a­tive emo­tions of anger and sad­ness.

“I'm a pretty pos­i­tive per­son and am usu­ally slow to anger and find it dif­fi­cult to hold on to those emo­tions.”

First per­form­ing with the Rock­ing­ham Chil­dren’s Choir in The Mikado and Joseph and His Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat, Ben­nett has gone on to per­form at the Koor­liny Arts Cen­tre in The Mu­si­cal of Mu­si­cals and Chicago.

She was nom­i­nated for best ac­tress in a mu­si­cal and the Yvonne Lynch Break­through Per­for­mance Award at the 2015 Fin­ley Awards.

Director Ryan S. McNally said Car­rie ap­pealed to him be­cause of the mu­sic.

“I have al­ways been a fan of the Car­rie movies and the stage mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion sat re­ally well with me,” he said.

Car­rie plays at 8pm on Oc­to­ber 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 with a 2pm mati­nee Oc­to­ber 15.

Tick­ets are $25 adults, $22 con­ces­sions, plus trans­ac­tion fees. Book at dark­psy­chic pro­duc­tions.com.

Raf­fle and pro­gram sales will go to the Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion of WA.

Phoenix The­atre is at 435 Car­ring­ton Street, Hamil­ton Hill, within the Hamil­ton Hill Me­mo­rial Hall.

Pic­ture: Jar­rad Shar­man

Car­rie fea­tures Matthew Arnold as Tommy and Port Kennedy res­i­dent Ruth Ben­nett as his girlfriend Sue.

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