Aurora High freshman Ryan Kacmar will play the role of Carrie White in Beck Center Teen Theater's "Carrie" the musical."

The play will run March 24-26 and March 31-April 2 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. A student matinee will take place March 30 at 10 a.m.

Tickets at $12 for adults and senior citizens and $10 for those age 18 and younger are on sale by calling 216-521-2540 ext. 10 or visiting

"Carrie" contains strong language and adult content. It focuses on Carrie White, a misfit who at school is an outcast who is bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually is invisible to everyone else.

At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly overprotective mother. She discovers she has a special power, and if pushed too she's not afraid to use it. Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King, the production features music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and book by Lawrence D. Cohen.

With a cast of 21 Beck Center students ages 12 to 19, the musical is directed by associate director of youth theater education Jonathan Kronenberger, along with musical director Larry Goodpaster and choreographer Katie Zarecki.

"It's always exciting to work with our teens on a piece which has characters their own age and reflects their own experiences," remarked Kronenberger. "High school can be a hellish time for people. We need to remind ourselves that we're all human, and what does it cost to be kind?"

Discounted group rates and student matinee tickets for classes are available and can be scheduled by calling customer service manager Rennie Tisdale at 216-521-2450 ext. 28.

The remainder of the youth theater season includes "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" from May 1221. Beck Center for the Arts is at 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood.