The Rocky Horror Show Time Warps to the University Theatre
Aliens, usherettes and sweet transvestites? Dammit Janet! Let’s do the Time Warp again in this cult rock opus. Will Frank ‘N Furter build his creature? Will darkness conquer Brad and Janet? Whatever happened to Fay Wray?
Get answers, complete with live rock band, special guest stars and more surprises during Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Oct. 16 – 20, in the University Theatre. Playing nightly at 8pm, with special show times on Oct. 19 at 7 pm and midnight, The Rocky Horror Show promises not only a screamingly good time, but will have audiences singing and dancing along!
“I saw The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway in 2001 and it was an eye-opening experience; it was exciting to see how everyone, including the audience, was involved in the show,” says director, Jay Whitehead. “When it came to picking a show to direct for our Mainstage season I really wanted to put on a musical – something very character focused, and something that was both campy and had dark themes woven throughout. When music director, Bente Hansen and I sat down to narrow down our list of musicals, The Rocky Horror Show topped our list; it was campy but dark, had a great musical score, and gave opportunity to explore drag culture.”
After premiering at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1973, Richard O’Brien’s rock-musical smash achieved both critical and commercial success throughout its run both in the U.K. and in the U.S. Its mash-up of science fiction B-movie style with a 1950s rock ‘n roll-inspired score made Rocky Horror a quirky, outlandish hit on stage, and led to the the movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
“When I sat down with costume designer David Barrus (MFA candidate), and set designer, Roger Schultz, we talked about the early 1980s new wave movement – and we’ve set our version in an underground nightclub, when the new wave and punk movements were driving new forms of art. This will be a very colourful show,” promises Whitehead.
The culture of Rocky Horror is founded on audience participation and this production will not disappoint! Although patrons cannot bring their own props from home, they do have the opportunity to purchase a kit of University Theatre-friendly props from the Theatre Arts Society at the beginning of each show, with funds going to support drama student clubs. And everyone is more than welcome to dress up!
With local educators and celebrities, including Nicholas Hanson, Jeff Carlson, Sharon Peat, Dana Daniels, Erica Hunt and Kelly Roberts, making special appearances each show The Rocky Horror Show is never the same twice!
Tickets are now on sale at the U of L Box Office, Monday – Friday (12:30 pm – 3:30 pm) or by calling (403) 329-2616. Tickets are $15 regular, $10 students/seniors. Mature content
New this year is the possibility of purchasing regular tickets online: www.uleth.ca/tickets.
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