With a little Transylvanian magic, a whole lot of anticipation and perhaps a bit of time warp, the strange journey known as Rocky Horror has come to Douglas County.
The dinner show will consist of two acts filled with iconic songs such as “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Touch-A Touch-A Touch Me.” However, director and lead actor Ian Hutchins warns that if show goers are anticipating a live reenactment of the movie they will be sorely disappointed.
“Things in the script are not the same as the movie,” he said.
“The Rocky Horror Show” was written by Richard O’Brien in the early 1970s. It first came to stage at the London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1973. Two years later, the script was adapted to the big screen as “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The movie is still in limited theatrical release to this day, making it the longest-running cinematic release in history. The musical also won Best Musical in 1973 from the prestigious Evening Standard Theatre Awards, the oldest theatrical awards ceremony in the United Kingdom.
“While everyone thinks of it as a cult classic, it is such a complex script,” said Hutchins. “You want to give everyone what they are expecting, but you also need to show people that the movie exists as a separate art. This is the Rocky Horror Show, not the Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Rocky Horror has been a dream of Hutchins since he was in the sixth grade. When he heard the Grand Victorian had acquired the cult classic, he rearranged life plans in order to be involved.
“In the words of the show, all the pieces sort of fit into place,” Hutchins said.
Dr. Frank-N-Furter is Hutchins’ first time stepping out of a supporting role, which he describes as both a rewarding experience and an emotional roller coaster. However, if you ask the cast, it is Hutchins’ love of the character and production that helps draw the entire musical together.
Hutchins has directed five shows in the past and performed in over 35 others, but this is the first time he’s done both roles simultaneously.
However, with a cast of around 15 members, Hutchins is not the only performer to take on multiple roles. Eliza Garcia has not only taken on the challenge of choreographer, but she will also be playing the Usherette and a Transylvanian; Ryan Norman will be the hero Brad, but is also the music director; and Erika Pennington will be the face of Magenta, but has also played a large role as assistant director.
The cast has worked hard to give nuance to each character. Perhaps the biggest evolution is Janet, played by accomplished actress Lacy Antonio. Janet evolves from a prudish and doe-eyed girl, whose only goal is to get married and have babies, to a far more open minded and awakened young woman.
“This is definitely bringing me more out of my box.” Antonio said. “I have never been more uncomfortable in a show in my life, but it is in a good state. It is broadening my horizons.”
The show has an age restriction of 17 and older, a condition fans should not find surprising. The movie had a R rated content advisory.
Joanne and Marcus Ogle, who reopened the theatre earlier this year, have made numerous updates to the stage, lighting and sound system for this new production. One major change was the removal of a jackknife stage wall and the creation of a rotating wall, which allows for easy transitions between scenes.
Both Oct. 26 and 27 shows have already sold out, spurring the Ogles to include two new nights on Nov. 2 and 3. These new shows will not have a dedicated dinner, but instead have appetizers.
The Halloween show will open two hours early for a party with appetizers, games and a costume contest. The contest will be judged by the Rocky Horror cast, with a grand prize of $200 to the best costume and $50 to a runner up. Limited seats are still available.
“It’s amazing — you tell people you are going to do (Rocky Horror) and suddenly they change, their whole demeanor,” Joanne Ogle said. “They get really excited.”