The musicalization of Stephen King's first published novel and its classic film version about a high school misfit who discovers the power to change her circumstances features two Gloucester County actresses in the leading roles. Presented by the Department of Theater & Dance at Rowan University, the production has five performances from April 6-12, in Tohill Theater on the university's Glassboro campus.
The cast is led by Meagen Cutting of Deptford as Carrie White and Kristy Joe Slough of Wenonah as her mother, Margaret White.
"Carrie: The Musical," directed by faculty member Christopher Marlowe Roche, features music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and a book by Lawrence D. Cohen. The well-known story introduces teenage outcast Carrie White. She is bullied at school by the popular crowd and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she is at the mercy of her loving but fanatically over-protective mother. The discovery of her telekinetic abilities and the power she can unleash when pushed too far changes the dynamics of these relationships and brings about shocking consequences.
"I'm fascinated by the allegorical view of the 'other' and bullying and what that can do to people," says Roche, who sets the story in contemporary times and whose vision also has been informed by concepts of religiosity and the anthropology of telekinesis. Additionally, the director and his team have worked to create an almost cinematic approach to the production that harkens back to the film's director, Brain De Palma.
"There's also lots of trickery and blood packs," Roche adds.
Cutting and Slough are joined by Kelly Appelmann Boonton as Helen; Charles Barney of Mount Laurel as Mr. Stephens; Nathan Benson of Plano, Texas as Stokes; Eibhleann Clyne of Rockaway as Miss Gardner; Vincent DiFilippo of Williamstown as Freddy; Kyle Jacobus of Williamsport, Md. as Tommy; Kerry Jules of Union as Rev. Bliss; AJ Klein of Upper Township as Billy; Emily Marie Lewis of Northfield as Norma; Angela Longo of Somerdale as Frieda; Anthony Magnotta of Runnemede as George; Darby Pumphrey of Mullica Hill as Sue Snell; Vanessa Vause of Williamstown as Chris; and Nicole Cusmano of Scotch Plains and Jacqueline Spence of Sewell as Police Officers.
The ensemble includes Allison Abiva of Cherry Hill, Eduardo Delgado of Rockaway, Juliet Gallagher of Middletown, Abigail Gardner of West Deptford, Molly Jo Gifford and Mikyah Mott of Philadelphia, Robin Purtell of Point Pleasant Beach, Sara Rabatin of Blackwood, Kenwyn Samuel of Hammonton, Mackenzie Trush of Franklinville, Matthew Vesely of Williamstown, and Ryan Washington of Denville.
Performances are April 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., April 9 at 2 p.m., and April 12 at 7 p.m. Tohill Theater is located in Bunce Hall on the campus of Rowan University, Route 322 in Glassboro. Purchase tickets online at rowan.tix.com. For more information, call the box office at 856-256-4545, or email email@example.com
. Tickets are $20 (general) and $15 (seniors/non-Rowan students/alumni/staff/military). Rowan students are admitted free with valid ID, based on availability.