For Immediate Release
April 11, 2012
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Brockport, NY – Do you remember doing the “Time Warp?” It’s one of the best known lyrics from Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, but it’s also a badge of honor. Perhaps you visited a local cinema at midnight on a Friday or Saturday and joined in with a group of audience members to act out the movie version. Originally conceived for the stage, this musical homage to schlocky 1950s science fiction movies is being produced by The College at Brockport’s Department of Theatre beginning on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 7:30 in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street, Brockport.
Why produce a musical that glorifies bad movies? “Simple,” relates Ruth Childs, associate professor of theatre and Rocky’s director, “It’s fun!” Noting that many people are quite aware of the movie, Childs adds that it’s “the neat challenge of doing the show in its original context. You want to honor the familiarity, but make it your own. Still, the energy just jumps off the page. And it’s infectious, running from the artistic team to the cast and the crew and, we hope, the audience.”
It is hard to tell what aspect of the far-fetched plot has kept audiences enthralled for more than 35 years. When the show begins, on a dark, stormy night, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss’ car has broken down not far from a castle. With trepidation, they enter, wanting to make a phone call for some help, only to find Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter’s minions in a celebratory mood as the good doctor is about to put the finishing touches on Rocky, his cobbled together ideal man. The rest of the plot involves laboratories, science teachers, sexual shenanigans, and biker zombies.
What started as an experimental piece of theatre at an alternative space at London’s Royal Court Theatre has become a worldwide phenomenon that includes the movie, 30 cast recordings and legions of audience members who know virtually every line of dialogue. O’Brien was inspired to combine “elements of the unintentional humor of B-movies and portentous dialogue of schlock horror” into something that had its tongue firmly planted in its cheek. What he could not have foreseen at The Rocky Horror Show’s 1973 premiere was his creation of a breeding ground for a cult: Many Rocky Horror fans felt they were outsiders, mirroring -more-
Frank ‘N’ Furter and his cronies. As Rocky went through its various permutations, the cult grew. While viewing the show or the movie, the fans took to shouting things, cued by lines in the script. Then the fans were tossing things in the air and creating entire “shadow casts” which would act out the movie as it ran on the screen above them.
Childs added that while “yelling things at actual actors performing in a live stage production is different from shouting things at shadows on a silver screen, we are planning on the audience enjoying a true Rocky Horror experience. There will be a guide to the shout-outs for the Rocky ‘virgins,’ as well as bags of props for the first 100 audience members to acquire them prior to each performance. You can look for costume contests and other ways we will be making this a truly interactive Rocky Horror experience.”
Performances of The Rocky Horror Show are April 27, 28, May 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 pm. There is also a matinee on Sunday, April 29 at 2 pm, which will be sign language interpreted. Tickets for The Rocky Horror Show are $15, $10 (Seniors and College at Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff) and $8 (Students) and are available by calling (585) 395-2787 or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office. -end- Photo: Photo 1: Steve Clark as “Brad” and Tricia Plinzke as “Janet” fall into the hands of Doug Dohr as “Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter” when Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show is performed live on stage at The College at Brockport from April 27 – May 5. Call (585) 395-2787 for tickets.
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
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