‘Car­rie the Mu­si­cal’ of­fers thrills, chills for scary sea­son

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

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.

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