The talent has been especially strong this year; students are being very proactive in their preparation. We are seeing many more students who work with audition coaches -- a coach gives a student real confidence to do their best in that undeniably stressful, college audition.
This "Carrie" is director Victoria Bussert's version – a powerful wallop of a piece with a smart, pop sensibility balanced by real emotion. In that way, it's like nothing that has come before. This one will give you nightmares and break your heart.
In its revival, the MCC Theater company hoped to "rescue 'Carrie' from oblivion and to give her new life," but Bussert, who heads up the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program, has actually done it.
It's one thing to take on a landmark piece of musical theater, such as "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." It's another to turn it into a transformative work of art, and that's what the Idaho Shakespeare Festival achieved Saturday.
Director Victoria Bussert and a cast of 16 actor-singers brushed the cobwebs from the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical as they transported the audience from aghast discomfort in the opening to a dark, blood-soaked revelry by the finale that had them cheering as the lights went down.