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Meet the cast of Carrie!

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it...

Our resident company, Stand Up For Theatre, is bringing "Carrie, the Musical" to Studio 194 this October! Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the musical hasn't been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production. Now, the show's original authors have joined with director Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz) and MCC Theater for a newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale. Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

This amazing cast is ready to unfold this story about bullying and acceptance on the stage. See what they have to say about their characters, the production and what they hope you will take away from the musical!

For more information about the show (including a special Halloween performance!), click here.

MEET TRINA

Why did you want to be part of this production?

I appreciate SUFT's commitment to love and inclusion. Also, I still look like a high schooler, so that's fitting I guess.

What's your favorite part about playing Chris?

I get to be the mean girl. She really pulls me out of my comfot zone and challenges me as an artist.

MEET ANTHONY

Why did you want to be a part of this production?

SUFT is an incredible organization that I am thrilled to be a part of. I'm also a sucker for an underdog story, and Carrie (both the character and the show) has a fantastic underdog story!

What's your favorite part about playing Tommy?

I'm excited to play a totally different character than my usual type. Also, the music is gorgeous and I love singing with this wonderful cast.

What do you hope audience members take away from the show?

At the best and worst extremes of humanity, everyone is going through something. We all deserve love and respect.

MEET JAKE

Why did you want to be a part of this production?

Carrie is such a unique and strange show, and as someone who's seen about 12 minutes of the movie and turned it off due to being scared out of my mind - I thought being in the musical would be the next best thing! It also doesn't hurt that I love this company.

What's your favorite part about playing Billy?

When it comes to my character; there's such a massive juxtaposition between Billy and myself. So, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't fun playing someone so vastly different form myself. But, my favorite thing has to be the cast. It's an honor and a privilege working with such an intelligent and diverse group of actors who bring such life to their character.

What do you hope audience members take away from the show?

Don't bully people. You never know the power they could one day possess. One day they could gain psychic powers and use them too... Ah I don't want to spoil anything.

MEET LENORE

Why did you want to be a part of this production?

I think the overall message, while dark and on the magical side of things, is a beautiful one. Don't make fun of someone because of their differences. Especially if you don't know what they're capable of. 

What is your favorite part about playing Miss Gardner?

I've played a lot of deliciously evil villainous characters in the past. And I love the fact that I can play a more maternal "fairy godmother" esque character. It's kind of fun being nice.

What do you hope audience members take away from the show? 

That everyone deserves love and no one should ever be cast out because of their differences. And that through acceptance, we see what is truly beautiful.

MEET EMILY

Why did you want to be a part of this production?

I really wanted to explore community theatre more, and this was close to home. Also, I hadn't heard of Carrie being performed around there and it sounded like a really neat show.

What is your favorite part about playing Norma?

She's mean, but doesn't necessarily have reasoning. She's malicious and everything I usually don't play, so it's a lot of fun getting to be mean.

What do you hope audience members take away from the show? 

I hope audience members see past the blood and note the message underneath; bullying isn't okay and it causes serious damage and trauma.

MEET ALEX

Why did you want to be a part of this production?

I can't really explain why, but this show is my absolute favorite musical. I fell in love with it the second the opening number started playing. 

What is your favorite part about playing George?

He's a really fun character to play. It's an opportunity to play a character that represents me a little bit more that any other I've played. It doesn't really feel like I'm playing someone else, it just kind of feels like I'm playing myself back when I was in high school

What do you hope audience members take away from the show? 

I hope people take away what I believe to be the core message of Carrie; you never know what demons someon is fighting against, so we much be kind, always.

MEET GABRIEL

Why did you want to be a part of this production?

SUFT has helped me with the start of my theatre career and has helped me be less anxious. They're an amazing organization that has been very fun to work with.

What is your favorite part about playing Stokes?

Hanging out with all of my friends and really being able to get in the mindset of my character while having a lot of fun with it and having a lot of laughs with the case.

What do you hope audience members take away from the show? 

I hope the audience can take away the mistreatment of Carrie and how things like this can and will happen in real life.

MEET JAY'NA

Why did you want to be a part of this production?

I'm in love with the characters and the music from the show. There are so many great songs and it has such an iconic memorable story in the theatre world because of its notorious flop on Broadway. You can't go wrong with it!

What is your favorite part about playing Frieda?

Being able to create and shape her story in a way that isn't always present in the script. Being able to play with her relationships and her motivations and choices has been a lot of fun.

What do you hope audience members take away from the show? 

I hope they take away the message that SUFT tries so hard to convey. Bullying is a serious topic we all need to address and it's only through opening dialogue and sharing stories like Carrie, that we can find a solution to these problems. Maybe your prom won't end up in flames, but our actions have consequences that we should all consider.

MEET KAT

Why did you want to be a part of this production?

Carrie has been on my theatre bucket list for some time now and being able to do it with such an amazing company and cast has made it a dream come true. 

What is your favorite part about playing Helen?

To me, Helen is everything that I wasn't in high school, so it's nice to take a different perspective and carefree take on life through her.

What do you hope audience members take away from the show? 

I hope the audience takes away that bullying and abuse can come in all shapes and sizes and that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.

MEET JONATHAN

What is your favorite part about playing Freddy?

I'm interested in any character I get cast as, no matter how big or small the role is. To me: the best thing about being part of a production is the time you will enjoy with the cast as you make new friends along the way.

What do you hope audience members take away from the show? 

I want them to see the message of the show. Bullying is wrong and must be stopped before things escalate further. I want them to see how Carrie's difficulties with being bullied reflects those who go through the same ordeal. I want the show to help open the eyes of both bullies and victims, to help them find the possibility to reconcile and set aside all differences, to find a new start, and make the world a better place for everyone else who is struggling.

MEET NIKOLAI

Why did you want to be a part of this production?

I've been with SUFT since the start of this year. They're an incredible organization dedicated to an equally incredible mission.

What do you hope audience members take away from the show? 

I hope the audience members see the mistreatment of Carrie White and are able to walk away with a sense of capability to recognize and handle similar situations in their own lives. Whether it's at school, work, or within your friend groups, it's important to catch the signs of abuse before it can create wounds which may never heal.

MEET MELODY

Why did you want to be a part of this production?

I wanted to speak about bullying and to meet new wonderful people. 

What do you hope audience members take away from the show? 

I hope the audience leaves feeling empathy for Carrie and a further understanding of how words can cut deep within a person.

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