REVIEW | Carrie: The Musical

Adolescence can be hellish but being Carrie White is on another level, where kids are cruel and blood is unexpected. The hard truths of being ‘in’ or ‘different’ in school is a microcosm for ‘the way things are’, and you either screw or get screwed. Stephen King’s pious teen telepath returns in this powerful, understated performance showcasing some truly spectacular voices, gracing Marrickville only until August 4.

The Depot Theatre’s intimate stage frames the story wonderfully; the choreography shines in close quarters with no space in surplus, and the young and extraordinary cast bring this classic horror alive as they animate the world of the teenage American. The scenes with the whole ensemble are engrossing, playful and then sinister, and the outstanding vocals of Carrie (Kirralee Elliott) and her loving, controlling mother (Michele Landsdown) tether the audience to the stage in suspense.

While chilling visuals recall the thrills of the original cult classic, what the team crafted was an emphasis on the humanity of Carrie. Carrie rings truer than the character tropes it recycles and compels empathy where you wouldn’t expect it. The cast and crew should be proud of their efforts as the opening night was fantastic, without a single noticeable flaw, which speaks of the strength of their collaboration. The entire show is an inch from selling out, so don’t miss this fleeting opportunity to see Carrie: The Musical to see some exciting up and coming Australian talent, which redeems its original 1988 Broadway flop.

Reviewed by: Bianca Watkins