‘Rocky Horror Show’ opens in Bingen Sept. 15

Richard O’Brien’s infamous horror-sci fi musical “The Rocky Horror Show” is coming to the Gorge, and audiences are invited to come and “do the Time Warp” in style. The live, concert version of the musical (not the film), is the first production by CGOA Stages, the newest addition to the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association’s roster of ensembles.

“The Rocky Horror Show” was written in the early 1970s as a satiric homage to science fiction films from the 1950s and ‘60s. The film version of the stage show, starring Tim Curry, Meatloaf, and Susan Sarandon, has become a timeless cult classic in which audience members attend in costume, bring props, and respond to the action with their own dialogue. Many of the traditions associated with the film now carry over to audiences for the stage show.

The cast includes:

Frank — Tom Butler

Rocky — Ari Bloodgood

Janet — Maza Brady

Brad — Jimmy Oates

Riff Raff — Will Thayer Dougherty

Eddie — Ashly Will

Columbia — Ariana Bloodgood

Magenta — Emily Vawter

Narrator — David Dye

CGOA Stages’ production of “The Rocky Horror Show” will be more of a “concert version,” according to Director Mark Steighner. “We have limited time for rehearsal, and limited space for staging, so although we will use costumes, and include all the music and dialogue, we will be without a set. However, our version retains all the wild and wacky fun of the show, so we absolutely encourage audiences to attend in costume and play along.”

The show will run for four performances in the Bingen Theater. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.on Sept. 15, 16, and 18, with a 11:00 pm late show planned for Sept. 17. Admission is $15 for reserved seats, and $10 for standing room. Tickets are available at the door or through brownpapertickets.com. “Audience participation kits” will be available for purchase and include the traditional audience props.

“The Rocky Horror Show” contains mature content and is recommended for age 18 or above. For more information, visit www. gorgeorchestra.org.

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