From left to right: Jennifer Hickman is Margaret White and Hannah Freeman is Carrie White in CCM's Studio Series production of 'Carrie: The Musical.' Photography by senior Lighting Design major David Seitz.

From left to right: Jennifer Hickman is Margaret White and Hannah Freeman is Carrie White in CCM’s Studio Series production of ‘Carrie: The Musical.’ Photography by senior Lighting Design major David Seitz.

We are thrilled to report that panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized CCM’s Studio Series production of Carrie: The Musical with a four star rating!

The musical, based on a Stephen King horror novel, was presented last weekend, featuring students majoring in the nationally acclaimed Musical Theatre program at CCM.

LCT panelists commended lead actress Hannah Freeman as Carrie White. “Her vocal clarity and pitch were great and the honesty with which she played the range of emotions was grounded,” stated one panelist. Another said Freeman, “drew the audience in from the outset and delivered a vocally beautiful performance with seeming ease. Her acting communicated Carrie’s pain and grace. Even as audiences prepared for the inevitable, Freeman’s authenticity as Carrie made us care so much about her we hoped for a happier ending.”

Also singled out, Jenny Hickman as the mother, Margaret White, who was “an outstanding singer and presence on the stage.”

Scenic designer by Sarabeth Hall also won over the panelists. A panelist noted “she created a visceral environment that thrust audiences into the piece and created palpable excitement well before the first entrance.”

League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a five star scale and recommend shows at either a four star or five star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.

CCM’s 2013-14 Studio Series resumes next month with a special collaborative production of Boeing Boeing, presented by CCM Drama and the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. New faculty member Brant Russell will make his CCM directorial debut with this production.  Learn more about the show here.

About the League of Cincinnati Theatres
The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at www.leagueofcincytheatres.info.

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