ROCKY HORROR Returns This Friday for Pay-What-You-Can!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 25, 2013

It was just happenstance that I was in London at the exact same time as my French friend Paul, who said, “John, you must come with me to see The Rocky Horror Show.” I had no idea what I was getting myself into …

Paul was just twenty, but far more world-wise than I, at 25. I think he must have already seen it and was going to get a thrill out of seeing me see it. After the show, I remember my head was reeling from the experience. I had never in my short life witnessed anything like that before.

Later, the musical play would become a less than successful film. But, in time, another generation would make it a cult classic, witnessed by thousands of young people at midnight showings across the country — a phenomenon which lasted for decades.

And now, on its 40th anniversary, The Rocky Horror Show will appear live onstage here for the third time. A number of last year’s performers will repeat those iconic roles (Ryan Bowie as Riff Raff, Michelle Foletta as Columbia, and myself as Dr. Scott) alongside other jaded professionals who are up to giving Rocky a run for his money (Michael Spaziani as Dr. Frank N. Furter, Evan Taylor Williams and Ashley Harris as Brad and Janet, Elena Pascullo as Magenta, RJ Magee as Eddie, and Mickey Rafalski as Rocky).

This is a different kind of theatre experience — unexplainable, yet totally understandable and perfectly enjoyable. A kind of “groundlings take the Globe” quality, it’s better just to buy some tickets and explain it to yourself.

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show opens tonight at 8pm for our traditional pay-what-you-can preview. All tickets not pre-sold at the regular ticket price will go on sale at 7:30pm for whatever price you wish to pay. Performances continue on Saturday with an 8pm performance and a special pre-Halloween midnight showing. A 7pm Halloween performance and 8pm performances next Friday and Saturday close out this limited run.

I’m always pleased when Jay Doolittle comes back to do justice to a role here onstage. By my count, he has been treading our boards for over ten years and has appeared, by my count, in almost sixty productions, from Malvolio in Twelfth Night to Mr. Cellophane in Chicago. Jay is returning this fall to appear in The Great Gatsby and staying at the Riverview Inn due to the largesse of Charlsie Lankford, who takes special care of our oldest company member.

We want to be able to bring other kinds of entertainment into this venue. A new center for arts and education will allow more and diversified arts providers like PBS Kids stars The Zinghoppers, who present A Superhero Learning Adventure this Saturday at noon and 2pm. Saturday is a busy day, with two Zinghopper shows and two Rocky Horror performances, for which the midnight showing has Edward’s Steakhouse serving appetizers up until show time — another jam-packed day at the Roxy.

See you at the theatre!

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