The Driftwood Players’ season opener features a handmade man, intergalactic villains, sweet transvestites and science-fiction twists.
“The Rocky Horror Show” is not your typical community theater drawing room farce. It follows the story of Brad and Janet, who seek refuge in a nearby home after their car breaks down. Little do they know it is owned by a cross-dressing mad scientist from outer space who has plans straight out of a horror B-movie.
Although the show has been performed for 40 years, including a film adaptation that achieved cult-following status, this is a departure for the Driftwood Players. The yearly schedule is made up of director-suggested material that is then approved by the board. In the spring, the vice-president of the theater recruits local directors, who then submit their applications by May.
Debbie Scoones, Driftwood publicity chairperson, said that although directors generally get the spot they apply for, there was a lot of competition for this first show of the season.
“This year, we were really looking for ways to get more young people into the seats and John (Limitone) suggested ‘Rocky Horror’, which we are hoping will do just that,” Scoones said.
Limitone said he has loved the show for many years and used to go often when he was in college.
“I wanted to bring something that’s not the norm to the community,” he said. “A lot of people around here haven’t seen it, especially live on stage. I wanted to put on something that drew a large crowd.”
Many of the actors, ages ranging from 16 to 40, had not seen the film or play before getting a part in this version. Both versions are well-known for audience participation, in which viewers perform certain actions in response to something an actor says or does. It will be allowed, within limits. No food or liquids, including water guns and toast, will be allowed in. Bags that include packs of cards, confetti and other participation items, along with directions on how and when to use them, will be for sale at the show.
“I look forward to seeing the audience reaction to this production,” Limitone said. “I want to see acceptance from the community for this type of show, to be as happy to be in those seats as the actors are to be on the stage.”
Tickets are $15 and available online at aberdeendriftwood.com; at a ticket outlet at Valu Drug in Montesano, Top Foods and City Center Drug in Aberdeen; Harbor Drug in Hoquiam Delores’ and Fay’s in Ocean Shores; and at the door, where credit cards are now accepted.
Fridays, Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays Sept.14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Special midnight show also on Saturday, Sept. 28
Sunday matinee show on Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m.