CHT, Peake Players join for ‘Carrie the Musical’
WYE MILLS — In a unique collaboration, Chesapeake College’s drama department and Church Hill Theatre will team up for a community presentation of “Carrie the Musical.” The production will play Oct. 27 through Nov. 12. Combining the college’s young actors eager to experiment with a challenging musical and CHT’s long-standing reputation for professional production values, “Carrie” promises to be an exceptional experience. Productions will be held on both the Church Hill stage and at the college’s Cadby Theater.
Based on a novel by best-selling author Stephen King, “Carrie” tells the story of a high school prom gone horribly wrong. Mistreated by her domineering mother and bullied by cruel classmates, Carrie discovers supernatural powers — and uses them in a destructive finale. The music is full of catchy and vibrant tunes, and while perhaps too violent for very young children, “Carrie” is a must-see addition to the Halloween season.
Director Rob Thompson, a Chesapeake College professor, has assembled an outstanding cast, with many talented new comers to the Church Hill stage. Shannon Whitaker 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 Litterall and Brandon Walls. The sympathetic 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.
“Carrie the Musical,” by Lawrence D. Cohen, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore will open on Friday, Oct. 27, and run through Sunday, Nov. 12. Because this is a joint production, “Carrie the Musical” will spend its opening weekend at Chesapeake College’s Cadby Theatre, and the subsequent two at Church Hill Theatre. Subscription tickets and membership discounts for Church Hill Theatre will be honored at Church Hill only.
Please note the following performance sites and times carefully:
Chesapeake College, Cadby Theatre: Oct. 27, 28 and 29, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Church Hill Theatre: Nov. 3-12, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
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 visiting www. chesapeake.edu/tpac and for Church Hill at 410-556-6003 or online at www. churchhilltheatre.org.
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