Carrie promo artwork. Black background. A young brunette performer in a white nightgown stares. Bloodstained text reads: 'Carrie The Musical'; Based on the novel by Stephen King; Music by Michael Gore; Book by Lawrence D. Cohen; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford.

Shotgun Theatre presents

Carrie The Musical

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Shotgun Theatre intends to continue their run of staging classic literary stories through our production of Carrie: The Musical. Adapted from Stephen King’s bestselling novel, this version of the pop-rock musical brings audiences a re-imagined vision of this gripping tale.

Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, the story of Carrie is re-told from the perspective of the only survivor. Through flashbacks, the tale follows Carrie White, a misfit bullied at school by the popular crowd. However, in the lead-up to the high school climax, Senior Prom, Carrie discovers she has a new power. How far will her peers and over-protective mother push her? Will she be afraid to use it? Come along to our production in February to find out!

Carrie: The Musical features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award-winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

This production will be directed by Cara Crozier-Cole, who intends to use a naturalistic approach to bring the strong sense of ensemble work to allow elements of the school to be portrayed playfully and accurately, and the darker moments between Carrie and her mother are intimate and sincere. This contrast will stand out from alternative musical theatre and make a statement.


Shotgun Theatre is a student society at the University of Exeter which strives to create innovative and boundary-breaking musical theatre. They are committed to providing opportunities in all aspects of theatre for our members to push creative and personal boundaries, producing work with the potential to excel in, and go beyond, the student theatre scene.

This performance contains an abusive mother-daughter relationship, as well as references to homophobia, eating disorders and ableism.

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