Egads! Theatre Company serves up some campy Halloween fun in “Carrie: The Musical.”

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The production is bookended with Sue (Megan Herrera) under a bright light in a dark room telling her version of the events. The rest is told through flashbacks with interspersed interrogation room scenes in which Sue expresses regret for her actions.

The story is basically the same as the novel and movie adaptations. Carrie (Chelsea Anglemyer) has her first period in the high school gym shower and, not knowing what is happening, believes she is dying. The girls make fun of her instead of helping. A light bulb explodes.

The girls are told they can’t go to prom unless they apologize to Carrie. Everyone takes the way out except Chris (Stephanie Wienecke), who just taunts Carrie. Chris blames her for everything and plots revenge with her boyfriend Billy (Samuel Parrish). Sue approaches thingstakes things differently and asks her boyfriend Tommy (Christopher Carlson) to ask Carrie to the prom.

Carrie goes home and is told by her overly zealous mother, Margaret (Tara Varney), that the bleeding is a result of sin, and pushes her into a closet to pray. The next day Carrie is seen researching telekinesis and testing her powers in the library.

Tommy asks Carrie to the prom as planned, not leaving her alone until she accepts, and Margaret tells Carrie that she cannot go. Carrie answers her mother by telekinetically positioning a chair and forcing her into it and then going to prom anyway.

While several kids ask Sue and Tommy why he’s taking Carrie, Chris and Billy hang a bucket of blood above the prom stage.

Once they are at prom, the other kids are relatively nice to the reluctant Carrie, one even complimenting her homemade dress. Chris and Billy are seen preparing the bucket and one of their friends rigs the king and queen polls so Carrie and Tommy win. Sue arrives in time to figure out that something bad is happening, but when she tries to tell a teacher, she is escorted out, being told that she was definitely up to something.

As she’s being removed,  the lights go red and the bucket of blood falls on Carrie. When everyone begins laughing, twisted by her imagination into ridiculing demons, Carrie slams the doors shut with her mind, exploding lights and pulling down cords. All the kids appear to be tortured by unseen hands and they all fall, dead.

Carrie goes home to find comfort from her mother, who soothes her before pulling out a hidden knife, saying: “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” She stabs her daughter and Carrie gives her mother a heart attack before she also dies.

The production value of this musical version is amazing, especially for anyone well-versed with Egads!’ previous works. At the first explosion, there were gasps all around and everyone knew this was going to be a whole new theatrical experience in the Off-Center Theatre.

As usual, director Steven Eubank cast some beautiful voices. Herrera belted out some astounding notes, especially later in the show. Anglemyer’s strong voice gave Carrie a bit more oomph than fans might expect from the helpless character, but it was definitely enjoyable to hear.

Anglemyer’s Carrie fought a bit too hard with her mother, who was also a softer, slightly more sympathetic character than Piper Laurie’s standard Margaret.

Although the scenes travel all around the city of Chamberlain, Maine, this is mostly achieved by a projection showing a clock for the school and a cross for the inside of Carrie’s house. It was a disappointment to see Carrie shoved into the closet that the audience couldn’t see, but a completely surprising delight to see the staircase roll back to reveal the inside of the closet.

“Carrie: The Musical” runs through Nov. 2, with all shows at 8 p.m. Go to carriekc.com for more information and to buy tickets.