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Carrie the Musical Brings King's Horror to Civic Playhouse

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Carrie the Musical, based on the Stephen King blockbuster novel, will be staged by Hunter Drama at the Civic Playhouse from 21-24 August.


A controversial production with a cult-like status, it was written by Lawrence Cohen, who was the screenwriter of the film and features music and lyrics by Academy Award winners Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment) and Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

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.

Dealing with issues around bullying, social isolation, abuse and feminine power, it’s a coming-of-age tale exploring themes of sin, revenge and redemption, with just a hint of melodramatic horror.

Co-directed by Ali Hodge (Sweet Charity, Wedding Singer) and Rachel Stark (Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia) with a cast of professional adults and emerging stars of Hunter Drama, the title role features Ava Gilbert in her Hunter Drama debut performance. The iconic role of the mother is played by Rachelle Schmidt (Into the Woods, Mary Poppins), who is a multi-

CONDA award winner.

“The score is incredible,” said Ali.

“The audience can’t help but be moved. Our production explores the depth of what we’re capable of as humans and our ability to change for the better. It’s also about staying true to who you are and what you believe in despite peer pressure. It poses the question – what does it cost to be kind?”

Tickets go on sale 17 June from


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