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The Rocky Horror Show

a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O'Brien

COMPANY : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. (Decatur) [WEBSITE]
ID# 708

SHOWING : May 08, 2003 - June 28, 2003

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Inspired by '50's American 'B' movies, the story follows the story of all-American Brad and his 'girl' Janet who, after breaking down late on a stormy night, happen upon an old mansion. It is here that Dr. Frankenfurter and his assistants 'entertain' them. Over the course of the evening both are seduced by their host, who also creates a muscle-bound hunk, and who turns out to be not who they seem. This is the 30th Anniversary. Let's do the time warp... AGAIN!


CAST & CREW LIST
Director/Choreographer Robert Egizio
Musical Director Linda Uzelac
Light/Sound Tech Chris Montedoro
Costume Designer Scott F. Rousseau
Piano Assistance BJ Brown
Guitar Ric Durand
Bass Buzz Livaditis
Drums Jesse Sparks
Piano Linda Uzelac
Riff Raff Dan Bauman
Rocky Andrew Durand
Eddie Joey Ellington
Dr. Everett Scott Shawn Hale
Phantom Jessica Fern Hunt
Phantom Kasie Keith
Magenta Wendy Kremer-Keenan
Columbia Kim Meador
Phantom Holly Parsons
The Narrator Scott F. Rousseau
Brad Majors B. Scott Shackelford
Phantom Allison Simpson
Janet Weiss Rachel Sorsa
Frank N' Furter Craig Waldrip
Makeup Consultant George Deavours
Lighting Design Amy Humes Lee
Stage Manager Courtney Loner
Prop Design Courtney Loner
Light Board Operator Chris Montedoro
Costume Design Scott F. Rousseau
Set Designer Chuck Welcome
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REVIEWS

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I am still coming down from the natural high
by Okely Dokely
Sunday, June 22, 2003
5.0
This was a fantastic production with a high-octane, incessant level of energy - the likes of which I haven't seen since the Shakespeare Tavern's "A Funny Thing...Forum." This is the second show I've seen this year that Robert Egizio directed, and I say without hesitation that it is just as wonderful seeing the result of his offstage work as it is to see the result of his onstage work. He is also at the helm of the upcoming "Dames at Sea" at Stage Door Players, and you can rest assured I will be there.

As can often be the case with stagings of musicals where the actors are not miked, I had some problems at times hearing the singers, as they were sometimes drowned out by the band. This is surprising, since I thought the sound balace of "Jekyll and Hyde" and "Sunday in the park..." were just fine. The closest thing I have to a gripe performance-wise came from Dan Bauman's Riff-Raff. Bauman has a good voice (I didn't even mind his Time Warp solo sung an octave lower - that's a hard solo), but his delivery of the spoken lines struck me as dull and emotionless. Maybe he and Robert decided on not giving the character the Richard O'Brien voice as to keep Riff-Raff fresh, and not a carbon copy of the original performance. That was possibly the intended idea, but I guess it just didn't "work" for me, as it came across a little on the bland side. I bet there are ways of giving the character personality without following in O'Brien's footsteps, but enough about that. Those minor grievances are just that - minor; and it obviously didn't deter me from awarding this show a perfect rating.

I have worked with Craig Waldrip before, and the one show I did with him was the only thing I had "seen" him in, until I saw this, and I am kicking myself in the ass for not seeing....oh, let's see...EVERYTHING HE'S EVER DONE BEFORE. Frank n' Furter is a role he's played before, and I'm glad I got to catch him this time around for his return to Transexual, Transylvania. He is one of my favorite local actors, and I hope to see more of him. I hope even more to appear with him again. I could write pages and pages about him, but I'll stop. I'll just say Tim Curry would be proud.

Other special kudos go to Scott Rousseau as the Narrator (though they need to get someone else to do the curtain speeches for the shows that Scott is peforming in, so he doesn't have to pull double duty), and Shawn Hale as a phantom in Act 1, and then Dr. Scott in Act 2. It seemed like the people in the light booth were the ones doing the most yelling at the actors, which makes me suspect that a lot of the "improvised" bits weren't really improvised, but that's cool with me. They had some good back-and-forth zingers. I have been a fan of the Picture Show for years, and I was able to give myself over to absolute pleasure as OSA presented my first time seeing the stage production, and it was a near-perfect show which exceeded my expectations. There is one more weekend left, so don't just read my review and dream it, be it. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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