Photo Coverage: Broadway Workshop's CARRIE in Rehearsal

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Broadway Workshop, which provides musical theater training for children and teens, will present Carrie as its annual mainstage production this weekend. It's the first New York City production of the high-school-set musical to be performed by actual high schoolers, according to director Marc Tumminelli.

Many of the young people who train at Broadway Workshop already have professional credits or audition regularly. Rachel Resheff, who plays Carrie in Cast B (performing Saturday and Sunday evenings), costarred on Broadway as Donna Murphy's granddaughter in 2011's The People in the Picture and also appeared in Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins and Shrek. Michael Nigro, seen recently as Friedrich in The Sound of Music Live! on NBC, portrays Billy in Cast B. Carrie's Cast A includes Jason Eric Testa, who was in Elf on Broadway and the tour of The Addams Family, and Sasha Hayden Zitofsky, who has performed at Radio City Music Hall.

Broadway Workshop offers classes, private coaching and summer camps for 9- to 19-year-olds. Stars such as Laura Osnes, Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, Telly Leung, Sierra Boggess and Ashley Brown have taught there. The organization also produces a Children's Musical Theater Festival of new works in the summer. Its previous spring productions were Xanadu, Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid and The Secret Garden -- the latter two as pilot "junior" versions for their licensors.

Tumminelli, who founded and runs Broadway Workshop, says of the mainstage shows: "My goal is to give these kids an experience that they're going to get if they were being paid to be in a show. If I do it the same way it would be done in your high school, I don't want to bother. [They have] a real professional rehearsal experience, with a professional stage manager, professional rehearsal studios, with costumes and mikes and everything that they would have in a professional environment." A live orchestra will play Michael Gore's score for Carrie, which runs May 2-4 at Baruch College's Rose Nagelberg Theater on East 25th St. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m.

The photos below were taken at Cast B's rehearsal last Saturday at the Ripley-Grier Studios in midtown. Stafford Arima, who directed the revisal of Carrie off-Broadway in 2012, attended the rehearsal. Find out more about the Broadway Workshop production here.

Unless otherwise noted, the kids in the pictures are identified from left to right.

Photo Coverage: Broadway Workshop's CARRIE in Rehearsal
Rachel Resheff and Courtney Corso as Carrie and her mother.
Photo Coverage: Broadway Workshop's CARRIE in Rehearsal
A classroom scene.
Photo Coverage: Broadway Workshop's CARRIE in Rehearsal
Gabriella Green, standing behind Resheff, plays the sympathetic teacher Miss Gardner. Rehearsing that infamous scene in the gym locker room with them are Takyrah Jones, Catiana Tron, Brooke Cash, Meridien Terrell, Karlie Kohler, Rachel Castaneda, Skylar Dorfman and Ashley LaLonde.
Photo Coverage: Broadway Workshop's CARRIE in Rehearsal
Michael Nigro (in Carrie T-shirt) as Billy with Kevin Buckley, Anthony Roussel, Kai Goree, Anthony Zambito and Sasha Hayden Zitofsky as his classmates.
Photo Coverage: Broadway Workshop's CARRIE in Rehearsal
Catiana Tron is Norma, Ashley LaLonde is Chris, and Karlie Kohler is Sue.
Photo Coverage: Broadway Workshop's CARRIE in Rehearsal
Michael Metcalf (right) has a dual role as a teacher and a preacher. He's playing the latter here, with Gabrielle Smith-Goldson (back row), Bailey Landow, Sasha Hayden Zitofsky, Lindsay Kraft (face obscured), Joy Lynn Pringle, Catiana Tron, Skylar Dorfman (in back) and Rachel Castaneda.
Photo Coverage: Broadway Workshop's CARRIE in Rehearsal
Rachel Resheff as Carrie in the opening number with Olivia Arcuri, Sasha Hayden Zitofsky, Kevin Buckley and Rachel Castaneda.
Photo Coverage: Broadway Workshop's CARRIE in Rehearsal
Courtney Corso and Rachel Resheff.

All photos by Adrienne Onofri.

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Adrienne Onofri Adrienne Onofri, one of BroadwayWorld's original columnists, created and writes the Gypsy of the Month feature on the website. She also does interviews and event coverage for BroadwayWorld, and is a member of the Drama Desk. Adrienne is also a travel writer and the author of the book "Walking Brooklyn: 30 Tours Exploring Historical Legacies, Neighborhood Culture, Side Streets, and Waterways," published by Wilderness Press.