Carrie: the Musical

7/9/14 - 8/3/14


Carrie is lonely. Carrie is angry. Carrie will fit in. Whatever it costs.

New blood courses through this contemporary rock musical, based on Stephen King’s haunting story of teen angst, religious fervor, and the complicated relationship between a mother and daughter. As Carrie navigates the harsh realities of high school bullying and her overprotective mother, a new and violent power is unleashed inside her—and she’ll use it.

2ndStage is Studio’s playground for emerging artists, offering innovative and thrillingly eclectic programming with shorter rehearsal periods and smaller budgets than our other productions, with a spirit of exuberance and experiment.

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Runtime: 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission.
Environmental Warnings: This production of Carrie contains adult content, partial nudity, the use of herbal cigarettes, haze, fog, and loud sound effects.


The Artists

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Production Team


Darius Smith

Darius Smith is pleased to return to Studio Theatre, where he served as music director on Carrie the Musical. His New York theatre credits include Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds Off Broadway and his original song cycle Songs in the Key of Chocolate at 54 Below. His local work as a music director includes productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Once on This Island at Olney Theatre Center, Dreamgirls at Signature Theatre as Associate Music Director, and Glimpses of the Moon at MetroStage, among others. As a composer/lyricist, he has provided music and lyrics for The Snowy Day at Adventure Theatre MTC (Helen Hayes Award nomination, Outstanding TYA Production) and U.G.L.Y. at The Kennedy Center.  His upcoming projects include Petit Rouge at Adventure Theatre MTC and Soon at Signature Theatre.

(As of December 2014)


Michael J. Bobbitt

STUDIO 2NDSTAGE:   Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Batboy. STUDIO THEATRE: A Class Act, A New Brain. NEW YORK: Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, NY Musical Theatre Festival. REGIONAL: Mel Tillis, La Jolla Playhouse, Jefferson Performing Arts, Singapore Repertory, Olympics. LOCAL:  Ford’s Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Metro Stage, Arena Stage, Adventure Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Center Stage, Round House, Strathmore, Kennedy Center, Washington National Opera.

(As of July 2014)


Luciana Stecconi

Luciana Stecconi’s previous designs for Studio Theatre include The Effect, Cloud 9, Hedda Gabler, Bad Jews, An Iliad, Lungs, The History of Kisses, In the Red and Brown Water, The Year of Magical Thinking, Amnesia Curiosa, Souvenir, Contractions, and Crestfall, among others. She has designed for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, Mosaic Theater, Theater J, Everyman Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Georgetown University, Catholic University, American University, Imagination Stage, and many more. She’s the Assistant Professor in Scenic Design at Emerson College. Stecconi holds an MFA in design from Brandeis University and is a member of USA Local 829.

(As of December 2018)


Kelsey Hunt

Kelsey Hunt is a costume designer based in the DC area. Previous Studio Theatre credits include Bad Jews, Carrie: The Musical, Edgar & Annabel, and Skin Tight. Other credits include Cherokee at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Life Sucks and Body Awareness at Theater J; Slow Falling Bird and In the Red and Brown Water at Georgetown University; As You Like It and Pride & Prejudice at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company; Die Fledermaus at the Maryland Opera Studio; and One Flea Spare at Elsewhere Artist’s Collaborative. Ms. Hunt previously served as Resident Costume Designer for Triad Stage and is co-author of Elizabethan Costume Design, Focal Press. Upcoming projects include The Nether at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Stage Kiss at Round House Theatre, and The Sisters Rosensweig at Theater J.

(As of December 2015)


Laura J. Eckelman

NEW YORK: PTP/NYC. REGIONAL: Yale Repertory Theatre, Triad Stage, Perseverance Theatre, NJPAC, Connecticut College. HONORS: S&R Washington Award, Stanley McCandless Scholarship. TEACHING: Washington College. EDUCATION: MFA, Yale School of Drama; BA, Middlebury College.

(As of July 2014)


Adam W. Johnson

Adam W. Johnson, a DC-based sound designer and engineer, returns to Studio after designing and mixing Carrie the Musical for 2ndStage. Locally, he has designed Los empeños de una casa and Puro Tango 2 at GALA Hispanic Theatre, as well as F@#king Up Everything for the New Musical Foundation. Other designs include Always... Patsy Cline at Stoneham Theatre, Aesop’s Network for the BTF PLAYS! program at Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Metamorphoses at Live Arts. He was the Associate Sound Designer for The Love of the Nightingale with Tom Teasley at Constellation Theatre, and has assisted John Gromada on productions at Ford’s Theatre including Fly and The Laramie Project. Mr. Johnson works as a staff audio engineer at Arena Stage, where his engineering credits include The Mountaintop, The Music Man, and the world premiere of Pullman Porter Blues. He is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia.

(As of March 2015)


Sarah Tunderman

LOCAL: In Time of Roses, Triumph of Disruption, UMD. LOCAL: Richard III, NextStop Theatre Co.; Meena’s Dream, Forum Theatre; Anything Goes, A Little House Christmas, Adventure Theatre-MTC; NEW YORK: The Hunters, Cherry Lane Theatre; As You Like It, Atlantic Theatre Co./NYU; EDUCATION: MFA Lighting Design, University of Maryland.

(As of July 2014)


Alicia Sells

STUDIO 2NDSTAGE: Moth (Stage Manager), Edgar & Annabel (Assistant Stage Manager), Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (ASM). STUDIO THEATRE: The Night Watcher, Red Speedo, Bachelorette, Sucker Punch, Time Stands Still, The Golden Dragon, The Habit of Art (Assistant Stage Manager). DC AREA: Twelfth Night, Henry V, The Conference of the Birds (Assistant Stage Manager, Folger Theatre); Under the Canopy, Young Spectaculars (Stage Manager, Arts on the Horizon); The Wedding Dress (Stage Manager, Spooky Action Theater); Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden (Stage Manager, Adventure Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Assistant Stage Manager, Olney Theatre Center). EDUCATION: BA in English, History, and Theatre, Vanderbilt University.

(As of April 2014)


Studio Theatre’s riveting production of Carrie: The Musical will transport you to another world!
DC Metro Theater Arts
Theater is about taking risks and Studio 2ndStage has done that and the payoff is worth it.
Broadway World
You should see Carrie: The Musical because it’s jarring (as expected) and takes you back to high school times in a completely twisted way.
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