THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
awaken your inner creature of the night
Text Courtesy of The Phoenix Theatre Company
Images by Reg Madison Photography
Fans of The Rocky Horror Show are getting a chance to do the Time Warp again at The Phoenix Theatre Company. The cult classic is finally coming to the stage after an 18-month delay caused by the global pandemic. The show runs through Wednesday, Dec 5, 2021.
Above: The tension between repression and liberation is fundamental to the story as the naive youngsters discover a world where nothing is taboo.
The Rocky Horror Show famously combines science fiction, horror, comedy, and music to transport audiences into a world with less discrimination and division. The “wonderfully weird” and “fabulously freaky” stage show, as it has been described, premiered in London in 1973. It tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids, who meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter by chance when their car breaks down on their way to visit their favorite college professor.
The tension between repression and liberation is fundamental to the story as the naive youngsters discover a world where nothing is taboo.
“The Rocky Horror Show has a special place in my heart,” said Robert Kolby Harper, director. “When I was a young adult growing up in Georgia, I saw this show and for the first time I was introduced to characters I could identify with. I saw characters who weren’t afraid to push boundaries, or be their authentic selves. That resonated with me, and I hope audiences at The Phoenix Theatre Company make connections to the eccentric characters, too.”
This show is full of timeless and recognizable songs including Sweet Transvestite, Damn It, Janet, and of course, Time Warp. Valley artisans at the theatre have spent months creating out-of-this world sets and props as well as outrageous costumes. Cast members will play their own instruments on stage in this beautifully twisted rock musical masterpiece.
Above, left to right: Actors Alyssa Chiarello as Janet, Kade Bailey as Brad, and Šime Košta as Frank-N- Furter.
“Our cast is extremely talented and brings so much creativity and energy to the production,” added Harper. “We’ve waited a long time to bring this show to the stage, and I have no doubt audiences will appreciate being able to escape reality for a few hours and embrace the nostalgia this show provides.”
The Phoenix Theatre Company cast for The Rocky Horror Show, ready to bring all the wacky, campy and naughty moments to life, includes: Alyssa Chiarello as Janet; Kade Bailey as Brad; Šime Košta as Frank-N- Furter; Michelle Chin as Phantom Janet; Ryan Ardelt as Phantom Brad; Chris Kane as Rocky; Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda as Dr. Scott; Michael Damian Fasano as Riff Raff; Kat Bailes as Columbia; Cullen Law as the Narrator; and Lynzee Foreman as Magenta.
With music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Show has been performed worldwide for nearly 50 years, in over 30 countries, on every continent and it has been translated into more than 20 languages. The movie (based on the musical) debuted in 1975. Today, it remains the longest-running release in film history.
At The Phoenix Theatre Company, masks are strongly encouraged. Upon arrival, all patrons will undergo a mandatory temperature check. Seating is not socially distanced. Safety protocols will continue to be updated to ensure patron and staff comfort and wellbeing throughout the ongoing global pandemic.