CHT, Peake Play­ers join for ‘Carrie the Mu­si­cal’

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Arts & Entertainment -

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.

Best Friends, de­signed by Can­dace Lic­cione of Wye River De­sign.

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