RAY OF LIGHT THEATRE STAGING MUSICAL IN SAN FRANCISCO
Looks like October is the month for Carrie, as yet another theatre company is staging the revised musical. At left is high school junior Cristina Ann Oeschger, who has the title role in Ray Of Light Theatre's production of Carrie: The Musical, running October 3rd through November 2nd at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco. In discussing the notoriety of the original version of the musical, Ray Of Light director Jason Hoover tells the Bay Area Reporter's Richard Dodds, "I'm sure someone could do a hilarious sendup, but it's something we're trying to distance ourselves from. It's not played for comedy, and it's not really a horror thing, either. It's more of a suspense thriller with a really beautiful score."
Hoover explains to Dodds that Ray Of Light has been wanting to stage Carrie for a while. "We've had our eye on the show for a long time, and we e-mailed [licensing company] Rodgers and Hammerstein to let us know the moment it became available. It really fits the aesthetic of the kind of darker, edgier musicals in a rock vein that Ray of Light produces." Hoover later adds, "This is a real, relatable tale in its themes of bullying and not fitting in and just everything that goes on with the fraught high school experience. Everyone already knows the climactic scene of the movie, but we're still hoping to get people to sit on the edges of their seats."