Opening January 20, Hart House Theatre presents a musical based on Stephen King’s well-known revenge thriller novel, Carrie: the musical is directed by Toronto theatre icon, Richard Ouzounian, and stars a cast of young performers.  

Tormented at school by the ‘cool’ kids, and smothered at home by her religious zealot mother, Carrie is a true outcast. She’s had enough and now she has her own way to get back at them, showing just what happens when bullies push too far.

Now in retirement after 15 years as the Theatre Critic for the Toronto Star, Richard Ouzounian has directed, written or acted in over 250 shows since he began his professional career in 1972. When asked why he wanted to bring this show to our theatre, he replied, “Because it belongs here”.

He went on to add, “Some people see it as a Grand Guignol epic filled with blood and horror. And yes those elements are there. But when Stephen King wrote the original novel over 40 years ago he was inspired by his memory of two outcast girls from his high school who were persecuted mercilessly by their fellow students. That’s what drew me to the piece. It’s the story of the ultimate outsider and what happens when she’s pushed too far.

Despite all the anti-bullying messages out there, young people of all ethnic and gender identifications are still subject to abuse from their peers simply because of who they are. That’s why the acting company of Carrie are diverse in many different ways. We’re creating a world where everyone wonders how they fit in. Just like being at a large urban university in Toronto in 2017. We are all Carrie. Truly.”

On Stage at University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, from Jan. 20-Feb. 4, 2017

Postshow Talkbacks: Sat., Jan. 21 and Thurs., Jan. 26
Preshow Artist Chat: Sat., Feb. 4 at 1 pm

Director’s Dinner January 25th, 530pm

Single Ticket Prices – $12 to $28 Box Office 416.978.8849

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