Reviewed by Sarah Miatt
Hayling Island Station Theatre
In a packed theatre on suitably stormy Friday night the audience took their seats for Carrie: The
Musical. Yes, the seminal Stephen King Classic horror is a musical. The only thing I knew about
this show was that it was a huge and expensive failure on broadway so I was apprehensive to see
how it would translate to a much smaller stage. All worries melted away the second we took our
seats. There were no weak links in this very slick and professional production.
Lauren Kempton, quite possibly one of the most talented actresses the South has to offer, was
onstage a good fifteen minutes before the show started setting the scene in a taped off wrecked school gym. As Sue Snell she was our guide for the piece and did it to perfection. Her beautiful
voice shone and she had wonderful chemistry with her onstage beau, Alex Hillman as Tommy
Ross. He played this part with sensitivity and integrity and together they were a joy to watch.
Charlotte Thomas was the villain of the piece as nasty bully Chris Hargison and a nastier teenage
girl you could never find. She was just perfect in this role and stole every scene she appeared in.
Sue Rourke was a stern and intimidating figure as Carrie's mother Margaret, but at points her
performance was heartbreaking.
Finally Coral Hutchesson as title character Carrie: this was a beautiful performance full of emotion
and innocence played to absolute perfection. She was heartbreaking to watch and made the
emotional rollercoaster the character went on extremely believable. With her lovely voice and
great facial expression and mannerisms she, quite rightly, stole the show.
CCADS Theatre are never a group afraid of trying something new making them trailblazers on the South Coast Amateur scene. I have yet to see one of their risks not pay off. Under the expert guidance of Artistic Director John-Paul McCrohan this group have proved once again that they will produce an outstanding, slick and professional piece of theatre no matter what the genre or subject matter.
CCADS Theatre will next be staging 'Goodnight Mister Tom' in the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth from Monday 4th through to Sunday 10th December. Tickets available at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ccads-theatre.