by Charles Womack


From book to big screen to stage, Carrie:

The Musical will be coming to Greensboro College from Feb. 26 to March 2. Director William Perry Morgan is excited for audiences to come out and enjoy the show.

Morgan explained that the musical suffered poor reviews and a bad reputation after it premiered on Broadway in 1988. Now Carrie: The Musical is more infamous than famous.

“It has been a punch line among theater professionals for years,” Morgan said. “The authors have recently returned to the script and it is now… much stronger. Carrie is really not a horror story; it is about a teenager trying to be accepted. This is something we can all relate to.”

Morgan also brought attention to how the Stephen King novel fits into the mediums of stage and music.

“Audiences will be surprised to hear how well this story translates into a musical theater piece,” Morgan said. “The music is quite lovely and haunting.”

Morgan looks at this new production as a fresh opportunity to explore the text with a group of talented artists, looking for truth and honesty in every moment. He loves collaborating with the designers — hearing their concepts and ideas about serving the story through choreography, lighting, sound, costumes, music and scenic elements.

Morgan and his wife, Josephine Hall, moved to Greensboro in August 2011 when Hall took a position as head of acting and voice at the theater department of Greensboro College.

“I am the ‘tag-along spouse,’” Morgan said.

Prior to moving to Greensboro, Morgan taught acting and musical theater in Louisiana. He is also one of the co-founders of Cane River Rep, a professional theater company in Louisiana.

Morgan has directed The Last Romance and Drinking Habits for Kernersville Little Theatre; Big for the Livestock Players; and The Little Mermaid for the Theatre Guild of Rockingham County. He is currently working with the Touring Theatre of North Carolina on its production of The Sweet By and By.

With Carrie, Morgan noted that some of the theatrics of the show, such as the iconic prom scene, are a challenge for the costumer, sound designer and set designer. But even with such challenges, Morgan was happy to give an enthusiastic idea of what people should expect.

“I am a big fan of the Nickelodeon show ‘Roundhouse,’” Morgan said. “I am trying to incorporate that flavor into this production. I have an amazing choreographer, Ashley Hyers, who is so willing to get us there.”

As Feb. 28 draws closer, Morgan’s excitement for the performance is clear.

“This one will be fun,” Morgan said. “We will have all the blood at the prom.” Hopefully, Scary Carrie won’t cause any problems for Morgan before the production’s debut. !