There will be blood as Carrie Musical opens
‘‘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.