A youthful cast and a relatable story puts 5th Wall’s ‘Carrie: The Musical’ front and center
Carrie: The Musical has always been a troubled show with decades full of failed revivals since the show’s original Broadway disaster in 1988. But Richmond’s 5th Wall Theatre seems to have broken the trend with their new production of the play which opened last week.
Sticking close to the original movie and book, the play follows the teenaged Carrie White as she blossoms into womanhood under the misguided faith of an overbearing mother. It’s not long before the tormented Carrie learns of her own special powers and seeks vengeance on those who made her life a living hell.
“The story of someone being bullied is all-too-familiar to all of us,” said Billy Christopher Maupin, the director of Carrie:The Musical. “White’s path through that is certainly an elevated one, but it really just comes down to these kids trying to use the tools that they have available to them to learn, to grown, to just exist.”
Billy Christopher Maupin, the director of Carrie:The Musical, said the best part of the production has been working with the high school-aged cast, calling them “beautiful and wonderful and hard-working and talented and just a huge joy to work with.”
It seems as though high praise is in order for Billy Christopher Maupin, Anthony Smith (Musical Director), and the cast and crew of Carrie: The Musical.
“The energy!” said Maupin of how he’s managed to keep spirits high on such a dark production. “The energy of these kids being right there in the room with you is something that could not be replicated on film.”
Maupin certainly has a belief in this show and it’s message. The story’s ability to resonate with everyone is what really drew him in. It is a universal tale that most can relate to on some level.
“This [is a] beautiful story of these kids just trying to make it through their day, trying to find their way in the world, trying to just be a person,” said Maupin. ”And it seems that it may never be harder than when one is a teenager and everything is changing.”
GayRVA’s Theatre Critic Julie Clayton agreed saying that “the story is just as relevant today as when King first published the novel in 1974.”
With a score and a cast that has reviewers excited to see it again, Carrie: The musical seems to be carrying on 5th Wall Theatre’s reputation for being unafraid to take risks.
Carrie: The Musical will be showing until August 8, 2015 at RVA Events Space, 1 E. 3rd Street, you can pick up tickets here.
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