Oct. 11--Get ready for the night of your life. Prom-night horror "Carrie: The Musical" is hitting the stage starting tonight, 7:30, at the Erie Playhouse.
The musical is adapted from Stephen King's popular 1974 novel about outcast Carrie White and a prom-night prank that causes her to unleash her terrible telekinetic power. The horror story was later adapted for the silver screen in 1976, a Broadway musical in the 1988, a made-for-TV movie in 2002 and a new "Carrie" film that will open in theaters on Oct. 18.
The local show, which runs through Oct. 27, includes 16 cast members, more than 15 musical numbers and a main stage debut performance by Emily Tworek, who plays the title character.
"It's a different way to experience the story," said director Richard Davis, adding that the show was a flop when it debuted on Broadway but slowly developed a cult following.
It's also a timely piece. While the horror aspect makes it a perfect Halloween show, "Carrie" also has a strong underlying theme of bullying and acceptance -- issues that are still widely discussed today.
"This take of the show versus the original is much more about the bullying and about the pressure on young people to fit in," said Davis, who is also producing director for the Playhouse.
"Who would have thought when Stephen King first wrote this story that bullying would become such a hot topic?"
LINDSEY POISSON can be reached at 870-1871 or by e-mail. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNpoisson.
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