Larissa Heron, 10th Grade, School of the FutureErin Krebs, 10th Grade, Mary Louis Academy

Katherine Leung, 11th Grade, Millenium High School Gemma Lolos, 12th Grade, LaGuardia High School KATHERINE: Carrie is about a shy teenage girl who wants to be accepted by her peers. ERIN: Carrie’s classmates are completely unaware of her fiery powers that leave a path of destruction. GEMMA: Carrie just wants to have a voice and to be treated as a normal person instead of being ostracized. LARISSA: Carrie is an energetic, captivating show. The musical is set in a small town high school where there are the cool kids...and Carrie, the outsider. She wears an ankle-length skirt and cardigan, and drops to her knees to pray in front of her peers. GEMMA: When Carrie gets invited to the prom, it appears as if matters are finally looking up. However, things take a turn for the worse when the bullying goes too far and a disastrous chain of events is set into motion. LARISSA: Although parts of the show are heartbreaking, others are more upbeat and the show closes with a thrilling (and very disturbing) end. ERIN: Carrie explores the very intense relationship between Carrie and her extremely religious mother. Their relationship, although loving, is a codependent, tumultuous one. Carrie just wants to be informed about puberty, boys, and how to deal with bullies so that she can fit in with her peers. Instead, Carrie is forced to pray and remain isolated. Carrie’s skill of telekinesis also drives a wedge between them. GEMMA: Carrie incorporates the usual teenage stereotypes such as the concepts of the popular kids and the outsiders. Carrie authentically uses technology in a way that teenagers actually do – high school students are constantly on their phones. In addition, all the students fussed over their prom, which they expected to be “a night [they’d] never forget.” They saved up money to buy dresses and some girls fasted in order to fit into their outfits. As a high school student, I found it all very realistic. Especially the issues surrounding bullying. KATHERINE: In some ways, Carrie’s situation may appear to be an unrealistic portrayal of bullying due to her supernatural abilities. However, though we may not have the same powers that Carrie has, we all react in a similar way to anger and despair. In the musical, Carrie is bullied physically and verbally by her peers. Bullying causes the victim to deal with stress, self-esteem issues, and even depression. What we can learn from Carrie is that we’re not always right and neither are our friends. Don’t be afraid of speaking out on what is wrong. Treat people with the same respect that you’d like to receive. Life may just be more rewarding. TICKETS: $20 student rush tickets with a valid student ID at the theatre box office - Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. website

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