STORY WRITTEN BY RITA CHARLESTON
For Digital First Media
Montgomery Theater, located at 124 N. Main St. in Souderton, celebrates Stephen Sondheim with “Marry Me A Little.” Pulling together previously unknown songs by Sondheim, the musical revue runs April 9-May 3.
The production revolves around two single strangers, alone in their studio apartments just one floor away from each other, who sing about their secret fantasies — never realizing how close they are to one another and the end of their lonely dreams.
The tale tells a story of love, loneliness and survival as a modern single, and stars Kim Carson and Peter Carrier. “Our characters are known simply as Man and Woman,” Carrier explains, “and it’s not so much a story as it is a musical revue, a kind of tribute to Sondheim.
“The songs, about 20 in all, are songs that were cut from Sondheim shows and are now loosely linked together,” Carrier continues. “It’s been up to Stephen Casey, our director, to tie it all together to take us on our journey.”
Carrier’s own theatrical journey began when he was in 3rd grade at a suburban Boston elementary school. “I was a very shy little boy and so my parents were shocked to learn that I had landed the lead in the school play. ‘Christmas on Main Street’ was my big break,” he laughs.
Once he found his calling, Carrier eventually went on to Ithaca College to obtain his BFA in Musical Theater. He then moved to New York City and began getting roles in regional production before moving on to show his talents on a cruise ship for several years.
Once back in New York, roles kept coming his way, again in regional productions as well as off-Broadway. He says some of his favorite roles include Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls,” Curly in “Oklahoma,” and Lt. Cable in “South Pacific.”
And, of course, he can now add this show, which marks his debut at Montgomery Theater, to the list. But this show is not without its challenges, he reveals. “To begin with, there is no dialogue in the show. It’s all singing. So we are challenged with the sheer amount of singing we must do. And because there is no dialogue, we have to let the music speak for itself.”
Thrilled that he picked this profession, Carrier says that every show he does presents him with a little kind of an escape. “As actors, we get to portray another human being and get to experience something we’ve probably never experienced in our own life. Then we get to share that character we’ve worked so hard on with the audience and watch their reactions”
Describing himself as an actor/singer, Carrier admits the journey is not always an easy one, but if you love it you have no choice but to pursue it.
“I have lots to look forward to,” he concludes. “I’ve done a small amount of film and TV so I’m working on getting more. And there are some roles I look forward to doing someday, like playing Emile in ‘South Pacific.’ But I have to wait to sort of grow into it.”
IF YOU GO
What: “Marry Me A Little.”
Where: Montgomery Theater, 124 N. Main St., Souderton,
When: April 9-May 3.
Info.: Call (215) 723-9984 or check www.montgomerytheater.org.