Beck Center for the Arts and Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre to Present CARRIE, 2/7-3/9

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to again partner with the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre program to present the notorious, cult classic, CARRIE the musical, February 7 through March 9, 2014 on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale.

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Stephen King, this gripping tale is set in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine. Carrie White is a misfit. At school she's an outcast who is bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie has just discovered that she has a special power, and if pushed too far, is not afraid to use it. Time Magazine said CARRIE the musical, "has guts...Carrie has real weight and emotional conviction."

Directed by Victoria Bussert, director of Music Theatre at Baldwin-Wallace College, CARRIE the musical features BW alumni Katherine DeBoer as Margaret White, an extremely religious and overprotective mother, and Jodi Dominick as Mrs. Gardner, a strict yet caring physical education teacher; as well as an ensemble of twenty talented actors from BW's nationally recognized MT program. DeBoer and Dominick appear courtesy of the Actor's Equity Association. With musical direction by Nancy Maier and choreography by Gregory Daniels, CARRIE the musical features music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and book by Lawrence D. Cohen.

"I am very excited that the third annual Beck Center collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre program will bring Cleveland the local premiere of CARRIE the musical, based on the famous and infamous first novel by Stephen King," remarked Bussert. The collaboration has also brought highly-acclaimed productions of Spring Awakening andNext to Normal to the Beck Center stages. "This piece pulses with an amazing score ranging from high energy rock to epic melodies of nearly operatic proportion. With a cast combining professional actors and Baldwin Wallace students, it promises to be a night you'll never forget!"

Tickets are $29 for adults and $26 for seniors (65 and older) with an additional $3 service fee per ticket applied at time of purchase. Student tickets are $15 with valid I.D. (includes service fee). Preview Night on Thursday, February 6 is $10 with general admission seating. Group discounts are available for parties of four or more. Purchase tickets online or call Customer Service at 216.521.2540, ext. 10. Beck Center for the Arts is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available.

This production of CARRIE the musical is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: and is sponsored by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and the Ohio Arts Council.

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional Theater Productions on two stages, arts education programming for all ages and abilities, including Creative Arts Therapies for individuals with special needs, outreach education, and free gallery exhibits featuring local, regional, and International Artists.

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