For the ninth year in a row, the Verge Theatre will be performing the Rocky Horror Show for local audiences. This year’s performances run from April 12 - 14 and tickets tend to sell out fast; so make sure to buy one soon if you intend to go from the Verge’s website, vergetheater.com. The show is directed by Erin Roberg, who will be playing the part of Columbia, and Brian Kassar, who will be playing the role of Riff Raff.
For those readers who are unfamiliar with the Rocky Horror Show, the musical follows the misadventures of the recently engaged Brad and Janet, who find themselves stuck in the castle of Dr. Frank N. Furter as he attempts to bring his newest creation, Rocky, to life. The show was the basis for the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Tim Curry (of original “IT” fame) as Frank N. Furter in both the musical and its movie adaptation. Both the live show and the musical involve a large amount of audience participation, encouraging viewers to sing along to the songs or throw objects such as rice and toast at the performers in certain scenes. Don’t worry if you’ve never been, Kassar has said that “Survival kits will be provided, which includes all the necessary props for audience use,” and that the traditional “call-outs” will be projected as well, although you are more than welcome to make up your own.
For those willing to go the extra mile, costumes are highly encouraged. Dress up as one of the characters from the play or as a Frankenfurter party guest. For those looking for inspiration, head online and watch YouTube clips of the songs “The Time Warp” and “Sweet Transvestite” from the early section of the film. Costumes can range from the modest clothing of Brad and Janet all the way to the golden spandex shorts of Rocky himselfThe Rocky Horror Show is an event that must be experienced to be fully understood. The musical is often praised for its depiction of fluid sexuality and self-creation, and pushed a lot of boundaries when it was first performed in 1973. Screenings of the film and productions of the play can be found today all across the world, and the Verge presents a wonderful opportunity to see it either for the first time or for the latest of many. Don’t miss this chance: grab your party hats and your corsets and get ready to do the time warp again.