Got blood? For its upcoming production of Carrie: The Musical, Southeast L.A.’s La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts plans to convert its space on La Mirada Boulevard into Ewan High School. The “immersive theater” event will put audience members at the center of the action. Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, and The Transfer Group are mounting the environmental staging, beginning March 12, 2015, with an official opening night set for March 18, 2015.
Based on the Stephen King novel, the musical is by the 1976 film’s original screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, with music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms Of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose). Brady Schwind will stage the show, with choreography by Imara Quinonez.
“The story of Carrie has endured in the popular consciousness for decades, but no one has ever experienced it from this point of view,” the producers said in a statement to press. “The idea of placing the audience in the center of this world was just too tantalizing to resist. It’s going to be thrilling.
“Making it an environmental experience for the audience is intriguing and daring,” they added. “We look forward to this next chapter.”
Like Carrie herself, stage versions of the Brian De Palma horror classic, which starred Sissy Spacek as the telekinetic teen and Piper Laurie as her loony mom, rise periodically from the grave. So far, none has connected with audiences.