MACON, Ga. — Halloween is fast approaching. Macon Little Theater (MLT) is currently running a musical adaption of the classic film Carrie.
The performance of Carrie: The Musical is the first in the theatre's more mature show schedule called MLT: After Dark.
"A lot of our seasons tend to be the classics, very family friendly shows but we wanted to make sure that there was an opportunity for people to come see more modern, maybe a little edgier, or dark comedy kind of shows," Artistic Director JP Haynie said.
The musical follows a similar plot to the popular Steven King book and famous movie of the same name.
Carrie White is a high school student who is often bullied by her classmates and emotionally stifled by her over-bearing and highly religious mother. Once she learns she has telekinetic powers, a series of unfortunate events unfolds that leads to the most tragic high school prom her town has ever seen.
Haynie says the goal of the After Dark series is to bring people who are new to MLT or community theatre as a whole into their building.
"If we can build a new audience of people who are excited about these shows then that means it can become a regular part of our season and we can listen to our community and try and produce more and more shows that they are excited about seeing," he said.
Just like the movie, Macon Little Theatre has managed to magically make windows close, chairs float and every other spooky happening come to life on stage.
Haynie says this show is different from others that MLT has put on from the visual effects to the darker subject matter.
"I like to think because of some of the effects and magic, the beautiful music and again the talent on the stage that people will go away having a positive experience but the show is very dark," Haynie said.
He says seeing Carrie is for you, if you want see to a musical with some edge this Halloween.
"Enjoy a little bit of a spooky evening. If you wanna see some magic effects that you probably won't be able to figure out how they happen and if you want to see a gallon of blood dumped on an actress in the middle of the stage it's the show for you," Haynie said.
Macon Little Theatre will be putting on performances of Carrie: The Musical on Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. You can get tickets on Macon Little Theatre's website.