CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
PEACOCK THEATRE • 7 – 16 February 2019
Auditions: Sunday 14 October
To book your audition, please read the following information and fill out the form below.
About the Show
Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the musical of CARRIE hasn't been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production. Now, the show's original authors have joined with director Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz) and MCC Theater for a newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale. CARRIE features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment) and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).
CARRIE follows a young woman with telekinetic powers. An outcast at school, where she is bullied viciously for her differences, Carrie is also lost at home, with a fervently religious mother whose love traps her in its maw. When PE teacher Miss Gardner, kind classmate Sue Snell, and boyfriend Tommy Ross reach out to try and help Carrie, it seems that for once, Carrie might have a shot at being accepted. But Chris Hargensen, the class’s most vicious bully, has other ideas. Pushed to the brink, Carrie’s powers threaten to overwhelm her, and devour everyone around her in flame.
Director | Karen Kluss
Musical Director | Tamika Crosbie
Choreographer | Kristy Murtagh
Designer | Maddie Rose Smith
Lighting Designer | Aron Webb
Sun 3 Feb – Wed 6 Feb: Bump in and Tech Week
Thurs 7 Feb: Show opens 8pm
Fri 8 Feb: Show 8pm
Sat 9 Feb: Show 8pm
Sun 10 Feb: Show 8pm
Wed 13 Feb: Show 8pm
Thurs 14 Feb: Show 8pm
Fri 15 Feb: Show 8pm
Sat 16 Feb: Show 8pm
Rehearsals will be two nights a week and one full day weekend day from November onwards. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal. Rehearsals will break over the period between Christmas and New Year and we will have an intensive rehearsal period in January, with the possibility of three nights a week and a full weekend day with calls every night in production week.
Bijou Creative offers performers a small honorarium for their participation in the show. The honorarium for Carrie is $100 each.
All roles in this show are open for audition. Please note that ages listed are a guide only; please audition for the roles you think you are most suitable for, All auditionees must be aged 16+ at the time of show performances.
CARRIE WHITE (Female, to play 17)
A painfully shy outsider with a strong desire to belong. Victim of frequent pranks and bullying at school as well as abuse under her mother’s strict religious control at home. She transforms from ugly duckling into graceful – and then vengeful – swan. Vocally, she must be capable of lyrical sweetness as well as fierce power. Requires a special actress with mesmerising presence and extreme stamina as an actor and singer.
MARGARET WHITE (Female, to play 35-50)
A commanding, intense woman of visceral extremes, possessing zealous religious convictions, and almost abusive maternal love for her daughter. Like Carrie, with whom she shares several duets, her voice must range from expressive and melodic to ferocious and frightening. Requires an actress with mesmerising presence and extreme stamina as an actor and singer.
SUE SNELL (Female, to play 17-18)
A popular over achieving student. Her unthinking participation in a cruel act of bullying causes a crisis of conscience that leads her on a complicated emotional and psychological journey to make amends. Smart with just a touch of shrewd edge. The play is told through her memory. Vocally, she has a pop ballad voice that delivers sincerity and strength.
TOMMY ROSS (Male, to play 17-18)
Handsome, popular star athlete, and all around standout. Yet he also has unexpected, quirky sensitivity and is just starting to mine his personal life and feelings – a budding poet. Effortless pop tenor.
CHRIS HARGENSEN (Female, to play 17-18)
Rich, spoiled, and dangerous. Loaded with sexual dynamite, and serious daddy and anger management issues. Her voice is pop/rock percussive: rangy and powerful. Must be an equally strong dancer. Implied sexual content required.
BILLY NOLAN (Male, 20s)
A dangerous, sexy, trashy, stupid-like-a-fox bad boy beholden to Chris’ bidding. His voice is that of a wailing rocker. Implied sexual content required.
MISS GARDNER (Female, 30’s)
The girls’ no nonsense P.E. teacher. A tough disciplinarian, Carrie also arouses within her a surprising instinct to protect. Warm and powerful pop belt.
MR. STEPHENS / REV. BLISS (Male, 30’s – 40’s)
A still sexy English teacher and guidance counsellor not quite connected to the world of his students. Doubles as Reverend Bliss, the voice of a radio evangelist.
NORMA (Female, to play 17-18)
A bitchy gossip with an artistic hipster edge. Norma is second-in-command to Chris’ queen bee.
FRIEDA (Female, to play 17-18)
Sue’s sometime friend. A drama dork, she’s an easy going, get-along follower and a tireless extracurricular committee volunteer.
HELEN (Female, to play 17-18)
A leggy cheerleader. Giggly and easily shocked, her immaturity and need to belong make her the perfect example of the herd mentality.
GEORGE (Male, to play 17-18)
A jock. Preppy. Somewhat unsure. Tommy’s wingman since childhood.
STOKES (Male, to play 17-18)
A bit of a nerd, he’s happy to be sometimes included as one of Tommy’s posse.
FREDDY (Male, to play 17-18)
The wise-cracking class clown and official yearbook photographer, he can’t believe any girl would ever give him the time of day.
STUDENTS/ENSEMBLE (Male and Female, to play 17-18)
Auditions will be held at TC Vocal Studio (House of Dance, 69 Liverpool Street) on Sunday 14 October. Callbacks (if required) will take place on Tuesday 16 October (evening). Auditions will take around 5-10 minutes. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled audition time.
What to prepare
Please familiarise yourself with the following musical excerpts for the characters you wish to audition for. Audio clips are included below for reference. You may also be asked to cold read a portion of the script at the audition.
’Carrie’ and ‘The Destruction’
’And Eve Was Weak’ and
‘When There’s No One’
’Once You See’ and
‘Do Me A Favour’
’A Dreamer in Disguise’
’The World According to Chris’
’The World According to Chris’
MR STEPHENS / REV. BLISS
’Open Your Heart’
STUDENTS / ENSEMBLE