Carrie: The Musical, based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, is a step away from the trademark gore and horror of the well-known classic.
This Louis Ellis Productions rendition, helmed by director Hayden Tonazzi, promises a story that spotlights the humanity of Carrie (Kirralee Elliott) – a high school student pushed to the brink by the pressures of a toxic environment.
“I think it’s important to single out Carrie as an outcast in order for the audience to engage with, absorb and empathise with her emotional journey throughout the show,” Tonazzi said.
“To me, Carrie is a young woman, whom despite tremendous amounts of adversity in a venomous high school culture, discovers and embraces who she truly is.”
The struggles and isolation faced by adolescents sits at the heart of the production. The musical element adds nuance to the story, throwing a different light on the original novel.
“I also love the way Carrie conveys this battle in the portrayed relationships and internal workings of both the adults and children in the show. Through the use of song, audiences are able to gain greater insight into the raw emotions and motivations of the characters.”
For those wary of the scare factor, you need not worry.
“There’s only so much horror you can achieve with singing, dancing and jazz hands.” Tonazzi said.
“The amazing pop-rock score (by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford) absolutely captures the essence of teenage angst, struggle and insecurity that runs throughout this story.”
Until Aug 4. The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville. $22-$32+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.thedepottheatre.com
By Shon Ho.