THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is coming this month to Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center

The Southern Coalition for the Arts is gearing up to do the “Time Warp” again and again! The theater group heads to Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s spooky castle for “The Rocky Horror Show.” The gender-specific parody of Richard O’Brien’s horror and sci-fi films will debut on Friday July 15 and will also play on Saturday July 16, Friday July 22, Saturday July 23, Friday July 29, and Saturday July 30 at the Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center on the Logan Campus of Southern WV Community & Technical College.

Approaching its 50th anniversary, “Rocky Horror” has achieved cult classic status as both play and film, exploring themes of sexuality and self-exploration to a rock-n-roll beat. . ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ premiered on stage at London’s Royal Court Theater in 1973 and hit theaters two years later with the release of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, starring Tim Curry as by Frank-N-Furter, Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss, and Meatloaf as Eddie. Thanks to midnight showings – where audience members, or “shadow casts”, shouted at the screen or acted out scenes – the film became one of the highest-grossing musicals of all time.

As with any good horror parody, the play opens on a dark and stormy night. Innocent youngsters Brad Majors and Janet Weiss go to visit a former science teacher when their car has a flat tire on a deserted road. Seeking help, they end up at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who is throwing a party to unveil his evil Frankenstein-like creation.

“‘Rocky Horror’ is very unique and special because of its openness,” said co-director Rachel Noe-Maynard, who earned her BFA from Marshall University. “It rejects binary gender roles and it has this very ‘be yourself no matter what’ message. ‘Don’t dream it, be it’ is the main theme of the show.

“It’s always attracted people who maybe feel a bit left out,” she added. “When the movie got midnight movie status, all the people who felt they couldn’t go out dressed the way they wanted in the middle of the day could go out at midnight and no one would judge them. You see these new generations who keep finding the musical, and especially this generation that’s so adorable and open with who they are. It speaks to them.”

The play is the first arts musical since the success of COVID. “The pandemic just stopped us. We wanted to come back big,” says co-director Leah Clay-Stone, who earned her BFA from Marshall University. “You can’t get bigger or bolder than ‘Rocky Horror’ as a comeback show.”

Noe-Maynard says his relationships with local actors helped with the production. “It helped me to know a lot of them. These people are beyond talented. It’s probably one of the strongest and most diverse bands I’ve ever led.”

Michael Cline, the owner of Hot Cup in Logan, tackles the big job of playing Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the face of “Rocky Horror.” While playing with heels and a corset, Cline takes on the challenge of making Frank more than a “narcissistic, mad scientist.”

“Despite being this over-the-top character, he has so many real, human qualities and motivations,” Cline said. “I think that’s why so many people got attached to Frank and this show.”

Kennedy Shane Miller, wanted to be in “Rocky Horror” because she felt the role of Janet, who goes from a scared young woman to someone embracing her power and sexuality, would push her out of her comfort zone and would help him grow as an actor. . Her love for these songs, especially Janet’s songs, such as “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me”, was another reason.

“Plus, it’s ‘Rocky Horror,'” Miller said. “It’s an iconic, out-of-this-world show that’s hilarious and embraces who you are as a person. Despite its craziness, the messages are very important to me.”

The music, which includes classics such as “Time Warp”, “Sweet Transvestite” and “Damn It, Janet”, is conducted by Noe-Maynard. She also takes care of the choreography and plays Riff Raff in the show.

Clay-Stone, who also plays the Narrator, is the show’s tech guru. She also takes care of the commercial side of this production.

Our marketing director for this show is Bill France, who also plays Eddie. France is Director of Communications at Southern WV Community & Technical College.

“It’s really an on-deck production,” says Clay-Stone. “Everyone does what they know how to do best.”

“‘Rocky Horror’ is a mix of a lot of musical genres, which is why the show is so appealing to such a variety of viewers,” Noe-Maynard said. “There’s rock-n-roll, moments of traditional storytelling and ballads. Because it doesn’t stick to one genre of music, it keeps viewers on their toes.”

“I fell in love with the show as a teenager. It’s a fun show with one of the best soundtracks you’ll find anywhere,” Noe-Mayard said. “Audiences can look forward to an excellent evening of fun, frivolity, surprises and entertainment.”

The actors will not be the only ones to dress up for the shows. The directors encourage everyone to show up dressed as their favorite characters or another creature from the nocturnal creation. They’ll even be giving away prizes for the best costume every night.

Public participation kits will be provided at the door for an additional $5. Audiences are encouraged to recall onstage during the show, Clay-Stone said. “Every show is a little different thanks to the Rocky fans. You never know what you’re going to get. This show knocks people out of the woodwork.”

“The Rocky Horror Show” takes place on Friday July 15, Saturday July 16, Friday July 22, Saturday July 23, Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30. at the Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center on the Logan Campus of Southern WV Community & Technical College.

Tickets are $12 for general. Advanced tickets can be purchased locally at Hot Cup in Logan and can also be purchased online at https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2184639®id=108&articlelink=https%3A%2F% 2Fartsrockyhorror. brownpapertickets.com%2F?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1.

The show is intended for mature audiences and carries an “R” rating for strong language, adult themes, and sexual innuendo.

The cast of “The Rocky Horror Show”:

The Narrator – Leah Clay-Stone

Brad Majors – Elijah Freeman

Janet Weiss – Kennedy Shane Miller

Riff Raff – Rachel Noe-Maynard

Magenta – Holly Maynard

Colombia – Candace Maynard

Dr. Frank-n-Furter – Michael Cline

Rocky-Champs Robert

Eddie Bill France

Dr. Scott – DJ Conley

Ghost/Man Swing – Levi Kelley

Ghost/Female Swing – Jennifer Stillwell

Ghost Captain / Dance – Tyler Kinser

Ghost – Maddy Noe

Ghost – Olivia Carter

Ghost – Madeline Lardieri

Ghost – Alex Conley

The show is sponsored by Logan Regional Hospital, The Logan Banner, 30 Lines, Southern WV Community & Technical College, Roger & Susan Perry, Hometown Pharmacy, DJ Conley, Geoff Saunders and Crissy Musick Photography.