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© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson
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:
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 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…
At the beginning of the show Brad Majors and Janet Weiss are depicted as “square” innocents, but that would soon change radically.
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
Brad and Janet soon learn this is no normal castle!
From one of the musical numbers, doing “The Time Warp.”
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.
After his seduction by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Brad is transformed.
After her seduction by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Janet tries to get it on with Rocky Horror.
Staid Brad transformed.
Dr. Frank-N-Furter near the end of the show in the “I’m Going Home” musical number.
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.
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.
There were many (upwards of twenty) audience members dressed “in character” and this is an example:
This is a male dressed in drag as the lead character Dr. Frank-N-Furter. I shot this during intermission.
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
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.