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Circle Theatre Presents CARRIE THE MUSICAL, Now thru 9/20

Circle Theatre Presents CARRIE THE MUSICAL, Now thru 9/20

Circle Theatre finishes the Main Stage season in September of 2014 with the musical thriller CARRIE THE MUSICAL, running today, September 4 through 20. Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine; this suspenseful musical with book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), Lyrics by Dean Pritchard (Fame, Footloose) and music by Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment) is based on the novel by Stephen King. CARRIE THE MUSICAL tells the story of a misfit named Carrie White. At school, she's an outcast who's 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's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it...

On September 7, Circle Theatre will be hosting its annual end of the season party as a thank you to the Theatre's season ticket holders and volunteers. Admission for 2014 volunteers and season ticket holders is free and $10 for the general public in advance and $12 at the door, the day of the event. A picnic lunch, entertainment, 2015 ticket discounts, games and prizes will be included as well as the announcement (and sneak peak) of the 2015 Circle Theatre season. Reservations are required for all attendees. To reserve tickets, contact the Circle Theatre Box Office at 616-456-6656.

The Circle Theatre production of Carrie The Musical will be directed by Rob Karel. Karel will be joined by music director Vanessa Allen and choreographer Jolene Frankey. The design team features lighting designer Catherine Marlett Dreher, scenic designer Don Wilson, costume designer Val Fischer, sound designer Sam Johnson, and properties designer Nancy Gallardo.

The cast of Carrie the Musical features Mackenzie McElroy as Carrie White, Maureen Kirkwood as Margaret White, Maggie Nye as Sue Snell, Cash Maciel as Tommy Ross, Marisa Purcey as Chris Hargensen, Robbie Ellis as Billy Nolan, Jared Graybiel as Mr. Stephens, Alicia Rosario as Miss Gardner and Rachel Varley as Norma.

Performances will be held at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center. Performances are September 4 through 20. Curtain for performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM. Sunday performances begin at 5:00PM. There will be a special engagement, midnight performance of Carrie The Musical on Friday, September 19. Tickets for the midnight performance are $27 for general public and $10 for students (must show ID). Tickets for all other performances are $27 and can be purchased by calling the Circle Theatre box office at 616.456.6656 or online at The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5:00PM and from 3:00PM to curtain on days of weekend performances.

2014 will mark Circle Theatre's 62nd year of producing plays and musicals for West Michigan audiences. Circle's 2014 Summer Concert Series will perform on select Monday evenings at 7:00PM. Remaining performances will feature the iconic music of Simon & Garfunkel (Feelin' Groovy) and the musical stories of Harry Chapin (Keep the Change). The theatre first produced shows at the Rowe Hotel before moving to the Pantlind Hotel and the pavilion in John Ball Park. Circle Theatre now shares a performing arts center with Aquinas College and the Catholic Secondary Schools at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center. Information regarding season ticket subscriptions, Magic Circle and the Summer Concert Series can be gathered by calling the Circle Theatre box office at (616) 456-6656 or by visiting the theatre's website at

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