Straw Hat season opens with ‘Carrie’

The musical “Carrie” will open the Straw Hat Theatre summer season.

The Michael Gore / Lawrence D. Cohen / Dean Pitchford musical is based on the Stephen King’s first novel, the story of a teenager with telekinetic powers who is bullied at school and controlled at home by her fanatical mother.

Kimberly Godfrey directs a cast featuring Bailey Walters, Aubrey Brail, Libby Kendzerski, Jacob McKee, Sarah Riley and Hannah Sowry. It includes strong language, adult themes and scenes of intense violence.

According to the director, “The real horror in ‘Carrie’ isn’t about this girl being able to move things with her mind. It’s about the terrible things normal people are capable of doing to each other.

“The show looks at bullying among teenagers and the ripple effect it has, and recognizes it as something truly dangerous and destructive. It isn’t just about name-calling and hurting feelings, and it isn’t something to brush off and ignore. It has real consequences.”

“Carrie” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and June 14 to 16 and 20 to 22 on the grounds of Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students, senior citizens and military and $11 for children ages 2 to 12 if purchased in advance online at ashtabulaartscenter.org or by calling 440-964-3396. Tickets at the door are $17, $15 and $13.