Carrie (Arts Alliance)
Arts Alliance is the oldest student-run arts group at Northwestern University. Founded by a collection of groups looking to share space, Arts Alliance has grown to become one of the largest student arts organizations in the country. Centered around a mission of accessibility, Arts Alliance continues to produce work for the Northwestern and greater Evanston communities. As the conversations surrounding accessibility in the arts have evolved over our 46 years as an organization, we have welcomed growth and change in order to remain true to our mission. In our 2018–19 season, we are proud to produce three mainstage productions, Mee-Ow Improv & Sketch Comedy, and special events throughout the year. We continue to stay committed to creating accessible art that reflects, deepens, and challenges the greater Northwestern community. Arts Alliance produces five shows a year under the umbrella of accessibility. Admission to each of our productions is completely free, and striving to create works that speaks to our three pillars of “Art that is easy to reach,” “Art that is easy to relate to,” and “Art that is easy to speak with.” Our fall shows are the campus’ primary recruiters of first-year theatre majors, and we prioritize freshmen in our fall outreach efforts in hopes of introducing them to the positive environment in which they will spend their four years on campus.
CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
This year, Arts Alliance's late fall production is Carrie the Musical, directed by Annabel Heacock '20, and produced by Emma Franklin '19. Carrie is at times suspenseful, visceral, funny, and meaningful, all while dealing with the cruelty of high school bullying and the feelings of being an outside. The team behind Carrie is united in welcoming every Northwestern Student working on this show, while acknowledging the honesty within the script. It's a musical full of spectacle, suspense, and telekinesis, which gives student designers the opportunity to find creative, design based solutions to the production challenges in the script. We, along with our collaborators, are thrilled to bring this story about flawed, complicated, powerful women to Northwestern's campus, and to apply our signature themes of accessibility to the production of this vital story.