Great Scott! Westmoreland Performing Arts organizes the “Rocky Horror Show”

Even though actors can have fun on stage, acting is sometimes just a job.

This is not the case for those involved in the production of “The Rocky Horror Show” by Westmoreland Performing Arts.

“There are shows that actors do because they’re actors, and there are shows that they do because it’s just fun,” said director Tony Marino. “You’re like, ‘I can’t believe someone is paying me to do this.’

“It’s one of those.”

The 1973 musical, which spawned the cult favorite of 1975, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” premieres at 8 p.m. and midnight Friday and Saturday at the Science Hall Theater on the main campus of Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield.

“Rocky Horror” is known for its interactive aspects, including calls, in which audience members shout with or in response to numerous scripted lines and hold up props that accompany these moments.

A call reminder will be available in the program or via a QR code that can be scanned at the theater.

For $5, spectators can purchase a prop bag containing a piece of toast, noisemaker, newspaper, playing cards, and confetti (instead of the traditional rice). They can also bring their own accessories, with one exception.

“We have a rule against hot dogs, just because those things might hurt,” Marino said. “If you’ve ever been hit with a semi-frozen hot dog, that’s no fun.”

The story revolves around an innocent couple who find themselves stranded during a storm in a strange mansion, surrounded by mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter and his minions. Through a series of now-classic dance numbers like “Time Warp” and “Sweet Patootie,” the Doctor unveils his new creation: a muscular young man named Rocky.

The fun factor makes “Rocky Horror” a perennial favorite with cast and audience alike, Marino said. Many WPA cast members have done this up to 20 times before.

Veteran “Rocky” players include Marino as Eddie and Dr. Scott, Kevin O’Leary as Mad Doctor, Renata Marino as Columbia, Alex Noble as Riff Raff, Katherine Harkins as Janet , Anthony Marino Jr. as Brad and Alex Podolinski as Rocky.

Ryan Jordan, a recent graduate in musical theater from Seton Hill University, is new to the series as Magenta. John Noble is featured as the narrator in taped segments.

The show will have live music from a four-piece rock band led by Eric Barchiesi. Renata Marino is a choreographer.

The 25 ensemble members will be dressed as characters from fairy tales, mythical beasts and aliens, and audience members are encouraged to dress in similar themes.

The show ends with a reprise of “Time Warp,” which is guaranteed to put viewers on their feet, Marino said.

“They’re on the show at that time as full cast members,” he said. “We encourage people to dress up and act crazy and yell at the actors.

“It’s a party and we want everyone to have fun.”

Tickets are $20, available at the door, by calling 724-836-8000 or online at

Shirley McMarlin is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .