October 23 – November 8
What’s Halloween without some frights and thrills, over-the-top horror and a big bucket of blood, right?
If you dare, take a musical romp through what might be the “most electrifying night of senior year,” along with the always-edgy Bricolage Production Company. Kicking off the Downtown-based company’s Midnight Radio Season 6 series, SCarrie: The Musical will leave you longing for the days of corsages, chaperones and awkward goodnight kisses. No you cannot tune into it on your radio dial, and no it does not start at midnight.
Staging a musical parody of Stephen King’s 1974 cult classic novel, Carrie, which was adapted into a hit film by Brian De Palma and Lawrence D. Cohen two years later, Bricolage will take theater-goers on a gender-bending adventure complete with with pig’s blood, dirty pillows and plenty of devilish prom drama. Casting Carrie as a senior at Pittsburgh’s own Allderdice High School, this prom night redux showcases the vocal stylings of a local cast featuring: Connor McCanlus (Carrie), Andrew Swackhammer (Tommy), Hayley Nielsen (Sue), Julianne Avolio (Chris Quinn Patrick Shannon (Billy) and Kristiann Menotiades (coach/momma). Directed by Matt M. Morrow, SCarrie: The Musical was adapted by Bricolage’s co-founder and producing artistic director, Tami Dixon, and features original music by NYC-based composer Joel Abbott.
In line with Bricolage’s signature Midnight Radio style, SCarrie will also be packed with live Foley (sound effects), commercial spoofs and a four-piece rock band featuring Justin Bendel (bass), John Maione (guitar) and Kurt McNaught (drums). Music director is Jason Coll. Upping the theatricality for Halloween night on October 31st, the company will host the Bricolage Prom, where a king and queen will be crowned, spiked punch will be served and high school hijinks will ensue. Theater-goers are encouraged to don their best and bloodiest prom attire (watch out for buckets overhead).
How do those cool sound effects really work? On November 6th, attend a free Foley Sensory Workshop, and go behind-the-scenes with sound making techniques and experts. Experience Foley equipment firsthand, as you start a fire, cause an explosion and make it rain pig’s blood with the cast. Prior to each Midnight Radio episode, Bricolage will host a “Happy Half-Hour” with beer, wine and pop (BYOB if you’d like to spike your punch!) and interactive activities in the theater’s lobby.
Rated NC 17. Do not delay in purchasing tickets, as Midnight Radio often sells out in advance.