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© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson

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My wife Liz and I remember attending the original stage production of this wild “musical” show over 35 years ago at the Royal Court Theatre in staid London. On Saturday October 23 at 7PM we attended the Lonesome Valley Playhouse’s presentation of Prescott Independent Theatre’s production at the Elks Opera House in what some would say is staid Prescott. I think the pictures of some members of the audience dressed “in character” will dispel that conclusion. The ole town is a changing!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult tradition, some would say the classic cult tradition. It is a parody and a cross between science fiction and B-movie horror films.

The original stage play was transformed into a movie in 1975 and is still being shown at midnight showings around the world. It has a life of its own where people come dressed as their favorite character, several phrases are mirrored by the audience and there are points where things are thrown. That prompted the Elks Opera House to display the following sign at several places:

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I talked to Deputy City Manager Laurie Hadley after the Saturday night performance and they did not have to eject anyone during that performance. However, on Friday they did have to eject someone.

The show

Opening

The show opens with a criminologist (Olga Salazar from Jerome) narrating and setting the scene of Brad and Janet getting engaged and taking a drive where their car breaks down. They find themselves lost and with a flat tire on a cold and rainy, late November evening, but Brad remembers a castle they passed a few miles back. And then the fun begins…BradJanet2

At the beginning of the show Brad Majors and Janet Weiss are depicted as “square” innocents, but that would soon change radically.

Musical Numbers

This is a musical and there are several musical numbers. The first was “The Time Warp.” See the Wikipedia entry for a complete synopsis of the stage production and movie: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Samples from the production

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Brad and Janet soon learn this is no normal castle!

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From one of the musical numbers, doing “The Time Warp.”

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And here we have Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania and his creation Rocky Horror.

The seduction of Janet and Brad

That night Dr. Frank-N-Furter does serial seductions of both Janet then Brad. The dialogue in both seduction scenes is the same.

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After his seduction by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Brad is transformed.

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After her seduction by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Janet tries to get it on with Rocky Horror.

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Staid Brad transformed.

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Dr. Frank-N-Furter near the end of the show in the “I’m Going Home” musical number.

Audience pictures

This performance drew a large crowd. The balcony was very popular for those dress “in character” and it was nearly filled. The main floor was about 3/4 full.

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Counter help

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Here we have Joseph Brehm, City of Prescott Management Analyst (black shirt) and Laurie Hadley (Deputy City Manager) working the concession counter. No wine or beer was available (drat) as they are still waiting for approval of their liquor license from the state.

“In character”

There were many (upwards of twenty) audience members dressed “in character” and this is an example:

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This is a male dressed in drag as the lead character Dr. Frank-N-Furter.  I shot this during intermission.

Playbill

The cast list, director and producer courtesy of Andrew Johnson-Schmit.

  • BRAD MAJORS – Jayk Boomer
  • JANET WEISS – Valerye Jeffries
  • CRIMINOLOGIST – Olga Salazar
  • FRANK N. FURTER – Christopher Galinski
  • MAGENTA – Danica Jeffries
  • RIFF-RAFF – Jacob d’Armand
  • COLUMBIA – Willa Cowan
  • EDDIE/DR. SCOTT – Toni Rios
  • Directed by Jacob d’Armand
  • Produced by Clyde Neville
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All photographs by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.

Prescott Arizona comes in at number two on this list. Click on the link, below, to read the full article and see why we rated higher than Sedona:

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© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson

The Prescott – Caborca Sister City Committee was established in 1972, 38 years and nearing four decades ago. There has been a strong relationship between Caborca, Sonora, Mexico and Prescott, Arizona over that period.

Video trip recap

Technology today allows us to capture the moment almost anywhere and instantly publish those memories on the Internet. I carried my Flip HD video camera with me on this trip and used it to film the following videos.

I hope you enjoy these videos and maybe they will tempt you to join us as a member of the Prescott – Caborca Sister City Committee. Also see my related post Caborca, Mexico Official 2010 Sister City Visit with lots of photographs.

Friday, October 16 2010 – Welcome Fiesta

Saturday, October 16 2010 – Lunch BBQ at Guillermo’s House

Saturday, October 16 2010 – Noche Bohemia Casa de la Cultura

Sunday, October 17 2010 – Dinner and Dance sponsored by Mayor of Caborca

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All photographs and videos by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment or forward to a friend. If I missed something that you found along the way, leave a comment and I will try to update the information.

Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.

© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson

The Prescott – Caborca Sister City Committee was established in 1972, 38 years and nearing four decades ago. There has been a strong relationship between Caborca, Sonora, Mexico and Prescott, Arizona over that period.

On the road

We began our trip with most of the travelers meeting the bus from Prescott Executive Transportation at the old K-Mart parking lot on Willow Creek Rd. We then picked up a couple more in Prescott Valley and finally the last three at the Westgate Mall in Phoenix.

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Here we are at Westgate Mall in Phoenix to pick up three passengers. Don Prince, the City of Prescott Tourism Director missed the connection in Prescott Valley, but caught up with us here. We then proceeded to what Sam Pool calls the “jewel of the Sonoran dessert” Gila Bend for a rest stop.

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At Gila Bend we stopped for a quick lunch (Subway, Thrifty Ice Cream, Pizza and Mexican Grill) and then we headed for the Mexican border. You can enter Mexico without a passport, but you need one to reenter the United States.

Caborca

We arrived in Caborca at the El Camino Motel where most of us stayed. We had a couple of hour to unpack and freshen up before the welcome party.

Welcome Party

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Our hosts (plus Pat Pool and Ed Birtic) as we arrived for the Welcome Party. Let the party begin!

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Our bus driver Vicky, Don Prince, Tourism Director, Mayor Marlin Kuykendall and his wife Tana at the Welcome Party.

Saturday activities

Saturday was a very busy day for all of us. In the morning each of us was picked up at the motel by our local host who took us out for breakfast. It is customary (but not mandatory) to give your host a small gift. My wife Liz who is half Swedish picked up a tin of Swedish gingersnap cookies for our hosts Rafael and Lorena de La Rosa.

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At 10:00AM a charter bus from the Pueblo Viejo Church picked us up for a Bicentour (a guided visit to some historical places in Caborca).

Cultural Center

Our first stop was the Cultural Center.

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Above is a four-panel wall mural located in a sky lighted atrium of the Cultural Center (Casa de la Cultura). The mural depicts important symbols, events and people for Caborca and Mexico. The Tour then went on to the petroglyphs and then to the historic mission.

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That afternoon we had a barbeque lunch at Professor Guillermo’s house. Excellent Carne Asada (steak) tacos, drinks, conversation and dancing!

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Above left – preparing the Carne Asada (steak), above right – getting the food table setup.

Noche Bohemia

That evening we returned to the Cultural Center for Noche Bohemia (cheese, bread, wine, poetry and music).

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Scene at Courts of Casa de la Cultura with great band in the background.

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There were a number of pieces by local artists on display and for sale at the Cultural Center. Peggy Martinez is taking a close look at one.

Sunday activities

On Sunday the Prescott travelers again had breakfast with their hosts. Then we had the rest of the day (until dinner) free to relax around the pool, go into town, etc.

Dinner and Dance hosted by the Mayor of Caborca

The mayor of Caborca hosted a dinner and dance at the ballroom of S.N.T.E. (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Education Seccion #4). Since Mayor Kuykendall had already left Caborca I represented him and the City of Prescott.

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Above left, obligatory speeches at the banquet, above right – dancing.

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More dancing!

Helping the Mexican Economy

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Shopping is one of the activities we all seem to enjoy and this trip was no different. A number of us loaded up at the shop in Sonoyta Mexico. One of the most popular purchases was liquor, especially Tequila including some brands not imported to the United States.

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Here is Ed Birtic with one of his purchases, a Piñata for Halloween (Ed lives on Mt. Vernon). 

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Jack Wilson bought this sculpture by Rafael Urias for his art collection.

Photo credits

All photographs by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment or forward to a friend. If I missed something that you found along the way, leave a comment and I will try to update the information.

Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.

© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson

RowofCars

On Saturday, October 9 the Prescott High Country Rod Run took over three of the streets (Cortez, Montezuma and Goodwin) surrounding the Courthouse Plaza in Prescott Arizona. This event drew over two hundred street rods of all descriptions. It was sponsored by the Arizona Street Rod Association.

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Here is a close-up of the sweet 1957 Chevy in the opening photo – does this bring back any memories?

Some of the rods at the show

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These caught my eye

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Fancy paint

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Fallfest in the Park Arts & Crafts Show

Concurrent with the Prescott High Country Rod Run, the Prescott Chamber of Commerce was sponsoring another Arts & Crafts show on the Courthouse Plaza. I think we have way too many arts and crafts shows and I see many of the same vendors at each so I have stopped going. I suspect many people feel as I do.

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I went through part of this show because I was taking pictures at the car show for this article. Lucky for my wife Liz as I purchased a nice Navaho turquoise necklace as a belated anniversary gift (don’t tell her).

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All photographs by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.

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If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment or forward to a friend. If I missed something that you found along the way, leave a comment and I will try to update the information.

Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.

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