‘Carrie the Musical’ offers thrills, chills for scary season
CHURCH HILL — “Carrie the Musical,” playing at both the Cadby Theatre and Church Hill Theatre during the Halloween season, offers supernatural thrills to a classic rock genre score. Blood, fire and telekinetic powers will have audiences gasping as the naïve and innocent Carrie takes on the high school mean girls. Bullied by both her classmates and her fanatically religious mother, Carrie finds some support from her gym teacher and a sympathetic classmate. But in this musical version of Stephen King’s psycho-horror novel, we know Carrie will find her own solution as the torments continue. Prom night will never be the same.
Rob Thompson, a Chesapeake College professor, directs this joint Chesapeake College-Church Hill Theatre production. Shannon Whittaker will play Carrie; Maureen Curtin will portray her mother, Margaret. Carrie’s classmates Sue, Tommy, Chris, and Billy are played by Reilly Claxton, Jacob Wheatley, Olivia Litteral and Brandon Walls. The sympathetic teacher, Miss Gardner, is Samantha Smith. Other featured characters are played by James Kaplanges, Kiya Cohen, Shannon Landers, Catherine Jacobs, Morgan Jung, Sean Priest and Albert Conteh. Students, dancers, telekinetic spirits, police officers and others include Anna Terry, Savannah Bixler, Briana Litteral, Gracie Jordan, Megan Kaley, Alyson Farnell and Morgan Jung.
Musical Director William Thomas will conduct from the piano. His musicians are Gary Caffrey, on guitar, Tom Anthony on bass, and Ray Anthony on drums. The backstage and production team includes a set by Richard Peterson and Carmelo Grasso, with lights by Nic Carter, and costumes by Miranda Fister and Jennifer Houghton. Maddie Baynard is acting as stage manager, and Jacob Blades is assistant stage manager. Shelagh Grasso is producing “Carrie” with Sylvia Maloney as associate producer.
Based on the King novel, “Carrie the Musical”was adapted by Lawrence D. Cohen, with lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore. It opened on Broadway in 1988 and enjoyed a successful revival in 2012. While some critics panned “Carrie,” it has become a cult favorite, with many unofficial spoofs and campy tributes. It’s not for the squeamish or small children but if you enjoyed CHT’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” you’ll certainly appreciate “Carrie.”
“Carrie the Musical” opens on Friday, Oct. 27, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 12. Because this is a joint production, with performances at two locations, please note the theaters and dates carefully.
Chesapeake College shows are the first weekend at the Cadby Theatre — Friday, Oct. 27; Saturday, Oct. 28; and Sunday, Oct. 29. Then the show moves to Church Hill Theatre with performances” Fridays, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10; Saturdays, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11; and Sundays, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12.
Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
At Chesapeake College, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, with special prices for groups of 10 or more. Reservations for Cadby Theatre can be made by calling 410-827-5867 or by visiting www.chesapeake.edu/ tpac.
At Church Hill Theatre, tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $15 for members. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 410-556-6003 or online at www.churchhilltheatre.org.