Waldron Arts Center: Rocky Horror Show

Just as leaves are beginning to fall in earnest and there are a few pumpkins decorating porches, Starry Night Productions is putting on Richard Obrien’s Halloween cult classic “The Rocky Horror Show” in a raucously high spirited production at the John Waldron Arts Center.

The production is directed by company founder, sci-fi and B-movie fan Russell McGee with choreography by Tom Slater and musical direction by Shani Wahrman. Both McGee and Slater are in residence, but Wahrman has been making the drive back and forth from classes in Green Castle for the show.

Hayden Moore and Alana Cheshire were a talented pair as the young innocents who end up at the spooky castle for the evening’s adventures. Their host, Ryan Adam Wells, at well over seven feet tall in outrageous platform heels, fish net stocking and bustier, was a very classy Dr. Frank N’Furter. Daniel Petrie was his able assistant, Riff Raff. Danielle Sacks and Stephanie Feeley were affecting as Magenta and Columbia, the doctor’s ladies in waiting. The doctor’s creation-the Rocky of “The Rocky Horror Show”-was Robert Ping, in blond hair and leopard bikini bottom. He  actually looked a little like a diminutive Charles Atlas in the after pictures from all those comic book ads aimed at  we 97 pound weaklings.

There were later appearances by Xavier Brooks as a one note singing biker and Aaron Moon as the rival scientist Dr. Scott. An unusual and attractive feature of this production was the addition of the good humored Derrick Krober as the very interactive narrator Don “Wolfman” Chaney.

To this already potent mix you add the six leggy phantoms, the three outrageously informed front row hecklers and the four piece live band. All in all it was quite a show very much in the tradition that has made the movie a cult classic.

Starry Night Productions’ The Rocky Horror Show at the John Waldron Arts Center plays (tonight, Friday and Saturday,) Wednesday thru Saturday the 22nd thru the 25th and Monday thru Thursday the 27th thru the 30th in a run up to Halloween. All shows are at eight.

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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