Vail Valley actors to put on ‘Rocky Horror Show’
Rocky Horror Musings
Vail, CO Colorado
Editor’s note: Edwards resident and Vail Valley Theater Company cast member Bart Garton is writing a series of “journals” about his experience rehearsing for “The Rocky Horror Show,” showing Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the old Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail.
“I don’t know, Bart. I’m not sure if the community is ready for ‘The Rocky Horror Show.'”
This from a friend who just watched the movie for the first time in prep for watching our show in a few weeks. She was shocked, to put it mildly.
But take the number of people nonplussed by the show and multiply that by about 5, and you’ll have some idea of the hordes who are beside themselves with anticipation.
“No way … awesome! I’m doing my hair. Let’s do The Time Warp! I may even dig out my drag queen outfit! Dammit, Janet!”
Yes, the Rocky Horror Cult is alive and well in the Vail Valley and we’re going to exploit that to the full extent of the law. But we want to deflower the Rocky Horror Virgins as well, so to that end I offer a primer on this ribald and fantastically entertaining theatrical production for those of you who know little about it.
First of all, you must realize that Richard O’Brien, who wrote the script, music and lyrics for this show, claimed he was transgender, or possibly a “third sex.” Though he was married twice and fathered three children, O’Brien once stated, “There is a continuum between male and female. Some are hard-wired one way or another. I’m in between.”
So he had a pretty liberal view on sex, and the story reflects that in bending some genders and showcasing some erotica. But I gotta tell you, it’s all done in the spirit of very satirical camp. Over-the-top innuendo is the rule, and it’s more likely to elicit hysterical guffaws than gasps of shock from the audience (“Spring Awakening,” the currently huge popular hit, is much more explicit).
The plot almost doesn’t matter, as it’s an exaggeration of old science fiction B-movies. Brad and Janet are traveling to visit the professor of a class in which they met and consequently became engaged. A flat tire leads them to seek help from weird bunch of folks attending an event held by the mad scientist of a Frankenstein castle. Hilarity ensues. Well, not really. Let’s just say that our heroes are in for a bit of a surprise as this evening doesn’t exactly turn out how they had expected. As the narrator states in the opening scene, “Allow me, if you will, to take you on a strange journey.”
One of our cast members is suggesting her mom stay a bit long at the intermission. The most graphic scene is the first one of the second act, so you can keep that in mind if you’re a bit on the squeamish side. But there’s no nudity (sorry) and again, it’s just raunchy humor. Pay attention to the lines and you’ll realize Mr. O’Brien is a pretty funny writer.
Keep in mind that we’re a community theater made up of, you guessed it, members of the community! So yes, the community is ready for this. A look at our cast would include people in the service industry, several parents, a Realtor, a dog control officer, a medical center employee, a hotel’s director of sales, a bank executive, an automotive repair shop owner, and a video producer. Speaking of video producer (that’s me), visit vvtc.org and check out the video blog we’ve been creating every week during rehearsals. Save five bucks and get your tickets while you’re there.
I hope you’re now fired up to come see the spectacle. Check next week’s column for help in becoming part of the spectacle: the audience participation!