Dance with students from the Viterbo University Conservatory for the Performing Arts during the presentation of Carrie: The Musical from Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6 at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts in downtown La Crosse.
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, this horror rock musical tells the story of Carrie White, a teenage outcast yearning to fit in. At school, she is bullied by the popular mob and virtually invisible to everyone. At home, she is at the mercy of her loving but cruel and controlling mother. What neither of them know is that Carrie has just discovered that she has a special power, and if pushed too far, she isn’t afraid to use it.
“Many people know the story through the book or the movie, and everyone will enjoy the experience of watching Carrie’s journey overcoming bullying and other adversity to find her inner strength and grow as a person. “said Viterbo faculty member Teddy Eck. direct the production. “We have a hell of a group of local musicians providing the music, which has an 1980s sound and is really fun.”
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The Lyche Theater at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts is the perfect size venue for this production, Eck said. Spoiler alert: The real stage blood spilled on Carrie during the famous high school gymnasium prom scene “has been the source of many meetings” and five spotlights create a hellish environment – just two examples of the “funny technical elements and unique” featured in the show, Eck said.
Viterbo University’s Performing Arts Conservatory training program offers its students a wide range of performance opportunities, and the talented cast have really embraced this production, Eck said.
“The student playing Carrie, Kalyn Schmit, has a beautiful rock voice that just sails by,” he said.
CARRIE: The Musical is presented in agreement with Concord Theatricals www.concordtheatricals.com. It is based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel. The music is by Michael Gore, the lyrics are by Dean Pitchford, and the book is by Lawrence D. Cohen.
The production is sponsored by Altra Financial Advisors. Holiday Inn Express is the hotel sponsor and Mid-West Family La Crosse Radio is the media sponsor. CARRIE: The Musical includes the use of profanity and is recommended for audience members ages 13 and older.
Performance times are 7:30 p.m. March 4-5 and 2 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $24 for the ground floor and $21 for the balcony, plus taxes and fees. Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces on the Viterbo campus, including the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Viterbo Box Office at 608-796-3100 or visit www.viterbo.edu/tickets.