Carrie the Musical

Carrie White is an outcast at school, constantly bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else.  At home, she is at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. Despite the support of teacher Miss Gardner and the sympathy of popular girl Sue and her boyfriend Tommy, Carrie remains a continuous target.

When Tommy begrudgingly asks Carrie to prom as ‘a favor’, and Chris and boyfriend Billy take their sadistic pranks one step too far, a primal and destructive power is unshackled, wreaking havoc on everyone and everything in Carrie’s path.  Those familiar with the story will remember the disturbing climax.  Those new to the story, prepare to be shocked.

Based on the legendary 1974 Stephen King novel, featuring a book by Lawrence D Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame) and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose), you have never seen a musical quite like this.

So pick your date to the dance and meet this year’s reigning prom queen – up close and personal.  It will be a night you’ll never forget!

Warning: Carrie the Musical contains some colourful language and adult themes.  Probably not suitable for children.  Carrie the Musical is presented by permission of ORiGiN™ Theatrical on behalf of R&H Theatricals; www.rnh.com.  It is a theatrical adaptation of Stephen King’s first published novel, Carrie, with the musical book written by Lawrence D Cohen, music by Michael Gore and lyrics by Dean Pitchford.

Carrie the Musical is brought to New Zealand by WITCH, a Wellington-based theatre company recently formed by Ben Emerson (Director of Carrie) and Jennifer Howes (Production Manager of Carrie).  WITCH aims to create exciting and visceral theatre for the local stage and to fulfill audiences with emotional dynamism while strengthening and upholding passionate, local artistry. WITCH exists to connect and share in those exceptional moments in art, where all else fades away and something clicks, creating something truly magic.

Carrie’s remarkable cast is made up of local Wellingtonians, including Julie O’Brien (Margaret White) who has worked in New York, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, performing in shows as diverse as Chess, Evita, The New Rocky Horror Show, Grease and Oliver; Eryn Street (Carrie White) who recently stunned the New Plymouth audiences as Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act; Flora Lloyd (Sue Snell) who recently played Frenchie in the NZ Tour of Grease; Natasha Sime (Chris Hargensen); Konrad Makisi (Tommy Ross); Simon Jackson (Billy Nolan) and Anna Dahya (Miss Gardner), amongst others.

Creative team for Carrie the Musical: Ben Emerson (Director), Michael Nicholas Williams (Musical Director), James Cain (Assistant Director), Jonathan Morgan (Choreographer), Annie O’Connor (Assistant Choreographer) and Jennifer Howes (Production Manager).

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