A high school horror is coming to Doane this week in the form of “Carrie: The Musical.”
To direct the musical, the Theatre Department has brought in Bernard Monroe as a guest director.
Monroe said he has directed at Doane before, coming here six years ago to work on the “Drowsy Chaperone.”
He was excited to direct “Carrie” because he is long-time fan, he said.
“I was always a big fan of the book and a huge fan of the 1976 movie,” Monroe said. “The subject matter in the terms of me liking it really started with the book and the film.”
Sophomore Calvin Schlautman plays Tommy Ross, one of the lead roles. Working with Monroe has been a great experience, he said.
“Working with Bernie has been amazing,” Schlautman said. “He is first and foremost a choreographer and then a director too. This man is flawless when it comes to choreography, it’s so precise.It might be weird to say but I like his choreography better than I like his directing just because it is so much better. It’s just really fun to get to know a new director outside of Doane.”
Junior Tiessa Hills plays Carrie, the lead role. Hills auditioned for the role of Carrie because she felt it suited her best, she said.
“I just liked her character the best,” Hills said. “She has the least amount of dancing and I like her songs and her range is really good for my range.”
The role has not been without its challenges though, Hills said.
“She is on stage a lot,” Hills said. “So all the memorization has been kind of a challenge and tapping into all of the kinds of emotions she would be feeling has been a challenge.”
For Schlautman, this is his second lead role of the semester and the work is starting to take a toll, he said.
“It’s been actually really hard. My academics have taken a little hit. While I’m loving every second of it, its been really hard.”
The time commitment has been difficult for Hills too, she said.
“It’s taken up a lot of time but it’s worth it because I really enjoy it,” Hills said.
Schlautman said his favorite part is the friendships he makes during the show.
“I think my favorite part of this show, or any show, is just the quick friendships you make along the way,” he said.
Hills said that students should come see the show.
“We worked really hard on it,” she said. “It’s a good show.”
The show premiers at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 in the Whitcomb Lee Conservatory.