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CARRIE the Musical: Blood, Guts, and Bullying

Gabrielle Holme-Miller ’17 (Carrie White) with cast members in a scene from CARRIE the musical (Emily Salswedel ’16 / The Index)

The cast of CARRIE the Musical wants you to take away an important lesson from this weekend’s show, and it’s not about the dangerous power of telekinesis.

“The message of the show is really important. It’s about the destructive powers of bullying,” said Gabrielle Holme-Miller ’17, who plays the lead role of Carrie White. “And that’s something that everyone would benefit from having reiterated.”

Holme-Miller’s character is the subject of cruel bullying by other girls at her high school, including Sue Snell, played by Madison Donoho ’17, and Chris Hargensen, played by Lauren Landman ’18. Although the story is infamous for its bloody scenes, Donoho also insists that there’s a deeper message.

“Bullying is a real thing, even in college. CARRIE the Musical is set in high school, but people are ostracized even here,” said Donoho. “That feeling of being ‘not one of them’ is difficult to deal with.”

But the show isn’t only a cautionary tale about the importance of being kind—it’s also a fun musical with lots of singing and featured dancers.

“We have a really strong set of women in this show,” said Holme-Miller. “We’ve got a lot of vocal talent going on with them, and it’s really exciting to be able to see all of them showcased.”

Regarding whether or not the show will have any “special surprises” in store for the audience, Donoho laughed and said yes.

“But I can’t tell you what they are!”

The Festival Playhouse’s CARRIE the Musical opens this weekend at the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, and will run through 8th weekend. The Thursday shows, on May 14 and 21, begin at 7:30 p.m. The Friday and Saturday night shows, on May 15, 16, and 22, begin at 8 p.m. The Sunday, May 17 show is at 2 p.m.

Tickets are free for K students with student ID.

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CARRIE the Musical: Blood, Guts, and Bullying