McDaniel College Theatre presents the musical thriller “Carrie,” November 15 through November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. Josh Selzer, the College’s Arts Manager, directs.
Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it. And when Carrie’s prom dreams are crushed, she unleashes her power in a bloody climax of fire and fury.
Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, “Carrie” features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (“Fame,” “Terms of Endearment”), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (“Fame,” “Footloose”).
“I have wanted to do this show for almost thirty years,” says director Selzer. “The original Broadway production is legendary, but I got to New York the day they announced the closing. I’ve been obsessed ever since.”
“The climactic prom scene has proven tricky for everyone,” he notes, “because of all the violence. We’re tackling it in a very theatrical way that’s never been tried before and we’re all very excited about that.. Plus we're adding little winks and nods to previous productions and incarnations, so "Carrieophiles' will have a lot of fun trying to spot them all.”
The show stars McDaniel student Emma Bartels-Jones as Carrie and the College’s theatre arts department chair, Elizabeth van den Berg (appears courtesy of Actor's Equity Association), as her mother, Margaret. Also in the cast are McDaniel alumni Brooke Hain and Wesley Brown and current students Allisa Baker, Vanessa Bliss, Bryan Bowen, Mikayla Braswell, Karly Congero, Ethan Cortes, Torreke Evans, Matt Foley, Joseph Fox, Jonathan Halberstam, Trevor Haupt, Veronica Johns, Valerie Lamb, Lauren McKenna, Olivia Michel, Brandon Richards, Chris Shatzer, Megan Smith, Danielle Taylor, Corey Van Huff, and Patsy Zetkulic. It is the first time a McDaniel College Theatre production has featured a teacher, graduate, and students onstage together.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, military, and the McDaniel College community. The show contains adult material including mature language and violence. For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.
Friday, November 17 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 18 at 7:30pm
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