There will be blood as Car­rie Mu­si­cal opens

Kapi-Mana News - - WHAT’S ON - LUCY SWINNEN

‘‘BATS is such an in­ti­mate space - we re­ally wanted to shock peo­ple and bring them into the story.’’

When Car­rie the Mu­si­cal opens at BATS, there is one thing you can be sure of – there will be blood.

‘‘We do have blood,’’ pro­duc­tion man­ager Jen­nifer Howes says.

Some pro­duc­tions use light­ing ef­fects or use fab­rics to cre­ate the blood-dump­ing scene, but not in the first pro­duc­tion of Car­rie on a New Zealand stage.

‘‘BATS is such an in­ti­mate space, we re­ally wanted to shock peo­ple and bring them into the story,’’ Howes says.

To get to the right blood, the team tri­alled a few recipes and com­bi­na­tions, even­tu­ally set­tling on a com­bi­na­tion of paint and wa­ter.

They did find a great recipe that used peanut but­ter but an al­lergy put the ki­bosh on that idea.

The Witch The­atre com­pany thought it was time to bring the 1970s teen thriller to the Welling­ton stage be­cause it had an ‘‘in­cred­i­ble raw, en­er­getic script, with punchy mu­sic’’.

Peo­ple were at­tracted to dif­fer­ent as­pects of the play, Howes said.

As an en­ter­tain­ing thriller and also as a piece that com­ments on bul­ly­ing.

‘‘I hope peo­ple will leave the the­atre and think a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently about how they treat each other.’’

The show prom­ises care­fully ex­e­cuted spe­cial ef­fects, a pas­sion­ate cast and some­thing for ev­ery­one, Howes says.

‘‘Watch­ing the first half you al­most for­get it is Car­rie – it is only in the sec­ond act that it all goes hor­ri­bly wrong that you re­alise it is Car­rie.’’

Di­rec­tor Ben Emer­son said he chose the play as he wanted to stage some­thing darker and edgier than usual mu­si­cal fare.

‘‘It is a young, punchy show, it is rel­e­vant, it is in your face.’’

Ul­ti­mately it was a great story that pretty much ev­ery­one knew, and a cul­tural touch­stone, he said.

The 1976 film was adapted from Stephen King’s 1974 novel.

How­ever, when it was first adapted to broad­way in 1988 it was a huge flop.

The BATS play is based on a re­vamped Amer­i­can stage show of Car­rie from 2013.

Car­rie the Mu­si­cal is at BATS The­atre, Kent Tce, till July 1, Tues-Sat 8pm.

Pro­duc­tion man­ager Jen­nifer Howes Car­rie the Mu­si­cal will play at BATS un­til July 1.

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