I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
The original musical based on the Stephen King novel Carrie was a Broadway flop in 1988. In 2012 it was revamped and Louis Ellis Productions has chosen to stage Carrie: The Musical as its inaugural independent production.
The Depot Theatre is a small intimate space which increases the feeling of immersion for the audience. The simple set design and the emergence of cast members from within the audience area also enhance the experience.
The 'in' crowd (image @rebeccalynnephotography)
Under the direction of Hayden Tonazzi the cult horror classic has been given a contemporary makeover including the use of mobile phones as a bullying tool. The costuming and dance moves have a modern feel and the themes of peer pressure, bullying, teenage angst and high school culture are very relatable. One does not need to be familiar with Carrie to appreciate this musical about a girl who is relentlessly bullied by the 'in' crowd at school and by a religiously fanatical mother at home.
The young cast are very talented with great voices and acting skills and most of them would not have even been born when the Carrie movie was screened in 1976. They all seem to relish their roles and all of them get a chance to shine in cameo pieces.Carrie White is imbued with an otherworldly innocence and anxiety by the performance of Kirralee Elliott whereas Rachel Tunaley plays the bitchy Chris Harganensen with a self-assured sense of entitlement.
The belle of the ball (image @rebeccalynnephotography)
I enjoyed this production of Carrie: The Musical but it would not suit everyone. It is a tragic story that does not have a happy ending and there is very little humour. Sombre and disturbing topics are dealt with and although the songs are quite catchy the lyrics are generally not uplifting.
Carrie: The Musical is a journey to the dark side of human nature that sadly has a lot of relevance in society today.