No matter how many times it is suggested we do “The Time Warp” (again and again and again), it never gets old.
So get ready to don your fishnets and pearls because the Rocky Horror Show is returning to CenterStage for six performances.
For those unfamiliar, Rocky Horror is a musical comedy based on the cult movie classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the film, sweethearts Brad and Janet are stuck with a flat tire during a storm. They find their way to the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a cross-dressing scientist. The couple is soon swept into the crazy world of Frank and his guests. The night is a raucous romp that includes dancing and singing, a murder and a chase scene or two.
For a lot of people, it may be easy to shrug Rocky Horror off as a silly little cult classic, but it does mean a lot to many people. Just look at how long its legacy has stayed alive and how successful it remains to this day.
This year marks the third time the company has produced Rocky Horror. An established CenterStage favorite, everyone loves it, so why not do it again?
“I think Rocky is such a hit with audiences because it is such a cult classic that has definitely stood through the times,” said CenterStage Performance and Visual Arts Director Frank Goodloe. The original production of Rocky Horror turns 45 this June, he noted.
“Rocky is a show that can be done over and over and be completely different every time, but it’s always fun.”
This year’s show has completely new choreography, set design and even some new performers, Goodloe said. Some of the actors are returning to the production, but are playing different roles, while some are reprising their previous parts.
Goodloe himself will take to the stage as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, as well as serving as the director and choreographer for the show.
Asked if he has a favorite part in the show, Goodloe was theatrically diplomatic.
“I don’t think I really do,” he said. “The whole show is just memorable and fun. When you hit the stage in this show, it’s just a whirlwind and then the show is over.
“I do love the fact that the audience does have prop bags and does call outs,” he added. “Although, those call outs can keep you on your toes; you never know what is going to be said. It’s great.”
Prop bags are available for $5 and include a water gun, glow sticks, newspaper, party hat, toilet paper, sponge, noise maker, playing cards, party poppers, balloons and instructions on when to use each item.
The Rocky Horror Show runs from May 31 through June 14, with all performances at 7:30 p.m. A special late-night performance on Saturday, June 9 at 11 p.m. will only add to the campy fun.
Want to go?
The following are Rocky Horror Show times
Thursday, May 31 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Junel 2 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 7 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 7:30 p.m.
& 11 p.m.
Thursday, June 14 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $20/22 in advance and $22/24 at the door and can be purchased at CenterStageJCC.org or by calling 502-238-2709. Members get a $4 discount when ordering tickets at the front desk or over the phone.