Who would have thought Stephen King’s coming of age horror novel Carrie about a bullied girl with telekinetic powers would make a good musical? The University of Lethbridge.
The 1988 musical, Carrie: The Musical was written by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and book by Lawrence D Cohen. A talented cast from the University of Lethbridge bring it to the University Theatre stage, Nov. 24-28.
“We have 30 very talented cast members, so it really is a spectacle,” said director Jay Whitehead. The cast will be backed by a seven piece pit band including keyboards, two guitar, drums and cello lead by Bente Hansen.
While Stephen King's book originally was released in 1974, the musical has been modernized to include modern technology and issues like bullying.
“I’m a huge Stephen King fan and of course a huge musical theatre fan, so when I heard it was a musical I became fascinated by it and I was really excited,” he continued.
“I wanted to do something people haven’t seen before,” he said, adding the 30 member cast is the largest he has ever worked with, including students plus community member and theatre veteran Kathy Zaborsky. Several cast members of the next New West Theatre production are also part of the show including Alexa Elser and Tom Delbello.
“I love it when I come into the room to 30 people who are really dedicated to the process. They have a great energy in the room,” he said.