Workshop

You may come for any or all of the sections listed. Please indicate this when you sign-up.

We can’t wait to see you there! We welcome all abilities regardless of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and /or personal background.

10:30 -11:00 am | Show Vision
The director will talk about his vision and approach to directing the musical.

11:00 – 11:45 am | Choreography
The choreographer will teach a portion of the choreography from the show in preparation for the audition.
*Please wear/bring appropriate form-fitting dance attire and closed toed shoes that you are able to move in.

11:45 am to 12:00 pm | Music
The music director will review music from the production and discuss what type of vocal quality is needed.

12:00 am to 12:15 pm | Q&A
The Production Team will answer any questions about the show, auditions, rehearsal process, etc.

Auditions

SEEKING: Strong Singers, Dancers, and Actors of all ages and ethnicities for the 2022 production of Carrie. We welcome all abilities regardless of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and / or personal background.

*For MTS’s production of Carrie we are currently requiring all of our auditionees to be fully vaccinated and to show proof of vaccination at auditions. This production also requires mask wearing for the audition process. (Please see complete Health and Safety Guidelines below so that you are aware of and understand rehearsal and performance requirements before auditioning.)

Rehearsal Dates:
July 17 – October 6
There may be a week off in early/mid September due to the NM State Fair.

Typical Rehearsal Times:
Sunday- Thursday evenings 6:30-9:30 pm
Other times may be added, but will be with sufficient notice.

⬇️ No conflicts can occur for any of the dates below. You will not be considered for casting if conflicts are during these dates.

Photoshoot:
Saturday, August 20

Tech Week:
Sunday, October 2 –  Thursday, October 6, 2022

Performances:
October 7 – 23
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2 PM

We are asking our entire team to hold the weekend of October 28 – 30  in addition to the dates listed above.  In the event that the performances are selling out we will be adding this 4th weekend.

Vocal Auditions

Friday, July 8 | BY APPOINTMENT

Please prepare a brief excerpt (up to two minutes) of a song in the style of the show, but is not from the show. Again, singing from the show is not accepted. Please place your sheet music in a three ring binder. Bring your binder. An accompanist will be provided. 

*Walk-ins will be seen if time allows. 

Choreography Auditions

Saturday, July 8 | 11 am to 12:30 pm

ALL AUDITIONEES MUST ATTEND

* Please wear appropriate form-fitting dance attire and closed toed shoes that you are able to move in. 

Callbacks

Sunday, July 10 | By Invitation Only
2 - 5 pm

Please keep this time available in case you are called back, or include it as a conflict on your audition sheet if you cannot make it.

**Video submissions will be considered if you are unable to attend but it is strongly recommended that you are able to attend in person and for callbacks. 

Synopsis

Carrie White is a teenage outcast who longs to fit in. At school, she is bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she is dominated by her loving but cruelly controlling mother. What none of them know is that Carrie’s just discovered that she has a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

Set in the present in the small New England town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie: The Musical features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

Casting Breakdown

Principals (5 female presenting, 2 male presenting)

CARRIE WHITE: Female Presenting (Should appear to be 16) Painfully shy outsider who, despite her best efforts to belong, has been a victim of her classmates’ cruel jokes since childhood, as well as her mother’s strict, emotional control; transforms from ugly duckling into a graceful swan. VOCAL RANGE: From G3 to E5, alto/mezzos with a strong lower ranges, good middle belts and lofty head voices.

SUE SNELL: Female Presenting (Should appear to be 17-18) The show is told through her memory. One of the “popular” kids, but she doesn’t know why. Her unthinking participation in a cruel act of bullying causes a crisis of conscience that leads her on a complicated emotional and psychological journey to make amends with Carrie. She is helped by her other half: Tommy. Must be able to shift in and out of present and past tense emotions gracefully.

MARGARET WHITE: Female Presenting (Should appear to be mid 30s) Mother to Carrie, led by her fundamentalist beliefs; has gone from a strong maternal figure to an emotionally manipulative and, at times, abusive presence. She loves her daughter, but the way she expresses it isn’t the healthiest of manners as she attempts to balance the love she has for her faith and the love she has for Carrie, who she views is a lasting sin from her late husband. VOCAL RANGE: From G3 to E5, alto/mezzos with a strong lower ranges, good middle belts and lofty head voices.

CHRIS HARGENSEN: Female Presenting (Should appear to be 17-18) Rich, spoiled, and self-victimizing. She has major protagonist syndrome and as such, does not manage her own traumas in a healthy fashion, but instead takes it out on someone she views as deserving of ridicule, Carrie. Strong movement/dancer preferred. Implied sexual content. VOCAL RANGE: Mezzo soprano, A3-F5, with a good middle belt and strong character upper range.

TOMMY ROSS: Male Presenting (Should appear to be 17-18) Trying to coast through high school while keeping his head down. He hides the potential he has from all of those around him; the only exception is his other half: Sue. He has a big heart with big ambitions but is far too humble to be the center of attention. VOCAL RANGE: Tenor, A-flat 2 to A4, smooth middle ranges and powerful upper head voices.

MISS GARDNER: Female Presenting (Should appear to be mid 20s-mid 30s) The P.E. teacher who originally felt obligated to be the “away from home” maternal figure to Carrie. She is the mother that Carrie always wanted Margaret to be. She learns to connect with Carrie as she begins to see that Carrie hasn’t been given the proper life lessons to survive the world. 

BILLY NOLAN: Male Presenting (Should appear to be 18-19) The “Mr. Right Now” boyfriend for Chris. He brings out the worst in Chris and builds off of it. He is the poster child for the term “peaked in high school”… if he ever finishes it. Strong movement/dancer preferred. Implied sexual content. VOCAL RANGE: Tenor, A-flat 2 to A4, smooth middle ranges and powerful upper head voices.

Featured Roles/Ensemble (3 female presenting, 4 male presenting)

STEPHENS / REV. BLISS: Male Presenting (Should appear to be 40s) English teacher and guidance counselor that doesn’t quite know how to approach Carrie’s…uh… “womanly problems.” Doubles as Reverend Bliss, the voice of a radio evangelist.

NORMA: Female Presenting (Should appear to be 15-18) Norma is second-in-command to Chris. She does what is necessary to get the approval of those around her. She is ready for high school to be a thing of the past, but in the meantime, will gladly raise some hell.

FRIEDA: Female Presenting (Should appear to be 15-18) Sue’s sometime friend. She is friends with Chris and Norma, but only when she has to be. She has her best interests at heart. She grows a genuine appreciation of Carrie when she is explicitly shown what Carrie is capable of.

HELEN: Female Presenting (Should appear to be 15-18) She has a need to belong that makes her the perfect example of the herd mentality. She puts everyone’s needs before her own to satisfy those around her that never intended on giving her the time of day.

GEORGE: Male Presenting (Should appear to be 15-18) Tommy’s wingman since childhood. He has a knack for making inappropriate remarks about Tommy. Maybe he’s serious, maybe he’s “just a guy.”

STOKES: Male Presenting (Should appear to be 15-18) Happy to be sometimes included as one of Tommy’s posse. A bit of a follower, but it’s mostly his immature nature that gets him into trouble by association.

FREDDY: Male Presenting (Should appear to be 15-18) The wise-cracking class clown and official yearbook photographer, he can’t believe any girl would ever give him the time of day but that doesn’t stop him from trying.

ENSEMBLE VOCAL RANGES: Female ensemble is a mixture of altos and medium high sopranos, range is A-flat3 to E5. Male ensemble is middling baritone to tenor, range is A-flat 2 to A4.  + Additional Ensemble if desired

COVID-19 Health & Safety Policies for Carrie

*For MTS’s production of Carrie, we are currently requiring all of our auditionees to be fully vaccinated and be able to show proof of vaccination at the auditions.

COVID-19 Disclaimer

This production has taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our volunteers, and those working at MTS. You must follow all safety instructions while participating in this project at MTS.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By participating at MTS for Carrie The Musical (2022) you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

These policies are subject to change at any point.

MTS Health Guidelines
  • A Health and Safety Coordinator will be designated for this production.  This is the “go to” person for questions regarding Health and Safety policies.
  • All members who are able (including cast, crew, and production team), are required to wear a face mask while in the building except if actively eating, drinking, performing (during tech week/performances), taking promo photos, or a specified time with the agreement of stage management.
  • MTS does not approve of gaiters.
  • All participating in this production (including cast, crew, production team, and band/orchestra), must provide proof of vaccination prior to their involvement.
  • If an actor chooses to wear a mask, even during non required times, no repercussions shall be held against the individual.
  • All members are strongly encouraged to wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer provided every time they enter the building, including after a short outdoor break.
  • SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Cast members are cleared to meet and greet the audience after performances, we encourage that this take place in the stage area and not in the lobby to allow for the ability to space out. Cast/Crew members must wear masks while meeting and greeting.
Actors
  • Auditionees must be vaccinated to participate.
  • Proof of vaccination must be presented during audition weekend (before casting calls are made).
  • No exceptions.
  • Auditionees are required to wear a mask throughout auditions except if they are actively eating, drinking, or specified times while auditioning (i.e. actively performing a callback, actively singing their audition song, actively dancing their dance audition for the production team, etc.)
Production Personnel
  • This includes actors, crew, production team, band/orchestra members, board members, etc.
    Testing is not required unless there is a known exposure and/or the individual is experiencing symptoms.
Patrons
  • MTS highly recommends that its audience members wear a mask while in the building. This includes personnel being asked to not “downplay” the recommendation but encourage it whenever possible including signage and curtain speech mentioning.
  • Patrons are no longer required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test to be allowed entrance to the building, but vaccination is recommended.
  • If a patron thinks that they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and/or exhibiting symptoms when they have tickets for a production, MTS asks that they refrain from attending and the Box Office will exchange the patron’s tickets to another performance.
About These Measures

These production safety measures are designed to offer the theatre experience we all love in a responsible way.  We understand that these times are challenging, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this as responsibly as we can.  The MTS Health and Safety committee will continue to monitor and adhere to current NMDOH guidelines and mandates.