Night of Horror and Comedy
CA - Even though most of the public is familiar with the cult film,
Horror Picture Show, it was originally written as a stage
production. Created by Richard
O'Brien in 1973 as a homage to the horror film, the show originally
ran for nearly seven years. The film adaptation first failed at
the box office but eventually developed a massive following when it
began playing for midnight showings. A party atmosphere
developed, with audiences cheering, booing, yelling out lines and
Riverside's production of The Rocky Horror Show is the perfect blend
of the two mediums. The show runs like the film, so audiences
can, and do, participate energetically during the show. Yelling
out portions of the dialogue, talking back to the characters, singing
along and dancing in the aisles is completely acceptable and
Riverside's Executive director Steven A. Glaudini masterfully played
the part of the Narrator setting the humorous yet creepy tone
for the evening.
in this twisted romantic honeymoon of bizarre laboratory
experiments was Brad and Janet, played by Damon Kirsche and Anne
Warren. Damon, having appeared on Broadway in numerous shows,
gave an outstanding performance as the nerdy groom who finds his
heroic side. Familiar to Southland audiences as the star of Pinafore!,
Chris Hall was extraordinary in his portrayal of the comical Riff-Raff.
out this stellar cast was Christia Mantzke as Usherette and
Magenta, Monica Schneider as Columbia, Eric Anderson as Frank 'n'
Furter, Thomas Patrick as Rocky, and Danny Stiles as Eddie and Dr.
Scott. Adding a real flair to this flashy production was the
group of Phantoms played by Israel Aguiano, Lindi Duesenberg,
Renee Liskey, Collin Rand and Gabriel A. Silva. The cast and
audience fed off of each other's energy making this an exciting,
fun-filled evening for all.
production crew deserves three cheers for a stunning visual
presentation of this cult classic. Ovation Nominee Steven
Young created magical lighting effects, and Don Le
Master conducted the small, but riveting pit band that drove the
show at its legendary frantic pace.
from October 31 through November 16, Performance Riverside's
production of the Rocky Horror Show is a must
see. - A. Thomas Printable
tickets and information: www.performanceriverside.org