Strand to host late-night performance of the musical ‘The Rocky Horror Show’
Halloween doesn’t have to just be for kids.
Beginning Thursday, at 11:59 p.m., “The Rocky Horror Show” will be performed at the Strand Theatre, 717 Clay St.
Written by Richard O’Brien, “The Rocky Horror Show” is a musical that is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies produced in the late 1940s through the early 1970s.
This is the seventh year the show has been performed in Vicksburg with earlier performances held the previous two weekends.
And like in years past, the final performance of “The Rocky Horror Show” will be offered on Halloween.
“We always have a lot of people there and it’s more fun in some ways being as how its Halloween and more people tend to come in costume,” Jack Burns said.
Burns, who the founder of The Westside Theatre Foundation, a non-profit theatre group operating at the Strand, said some of the audience favorites performed during the show include “Sweet Transvestite” and the floor show song, which is a medley of “Rose Tint My World,” “Don’t Dream It, Be it” and “Wild and Untamed Thing.”
During this number, Burns said, most of the principal actors are spotlighted, giving the audience members the opportunity to show their support.
“In a small town people will come to see their friends performing or there is one of the characters that happens to be a fan favorite kind of thing,” Burns said. “So this is sort of a chance for them to play to their base.”
Although “The Rocky Horror Show” has been performed numerous times, locally, there are always several cast members that are new to the stage.
“We have some people that are not only new to our group, but in the case of the main character in the show this is the first time he has been on stage,” Burns said, adding, “That’s pretty cool, and he is doing a fantastic job.”
And while there are some performers who are more seasoned, Burns said, two of the main characters are new to “The Rocky Horror Show” cast.
There are also several minor characters that are new, he said.
“It’s a different cast than we have had before, which makes it a new batch of people for the audience to fall in love with,” Burns said.
“The Rocky Horror Show premiered in London in 1973 and was later adapted into the 1975 film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
The stage production of the show is interactive meaning audience members are encouraged to join in the fun.
Prior to the live performance, a screening of “Midsommar” will be offered at 8 p.m.
“This is not a horror movie, but it is a show consistent with the creepy Halloween theme,” Burns said.
“It’s a spooky movie that takes place in daylight,” film programmer for the Strand Daniel Boone said.
Advance tickets for “The Rocky Horror Show” are $15 and are available at the Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online at http://strandrocky.brownpapertickets.com or $20 at the door.
Advance tickets to the movie are $6 and are available at the Highway 61 Coffeehouse and $8 at the door. For those interested in attending both the movie and live performance a discount will be offered, Boone said.
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