�The Rocky Horror Show� premiere at USD

â�?�?The Rocky Horror Showâ�?�? premiere at USD The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre brings a cult classic to the stage when it presents The Rocky Horror Show, April 22, 23, and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and April 24 and 25 at midnight in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. This rock musical sensation has played in London, Los Angeles and Broadway and has finally made its way to South Dakota where it will receive its premiere production at The U. Called the "biggest, baddest, rock 'n roll musical ever," Rocky Horror has endured constant world-wide production since its inception in 1973 and is the basis for the 1975 film classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This film, which helped redefine the midnight movie and often features fans in costume acting out the scenes as the film is playing, boasts the longest running theatrical release in history – 33 years. The stage show, which has music and lyrics by Richard O'Brien, was revived on Broadway in 2000 and was nominated for multiple Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, Best Actor (Tom Hewitt), and Best Director  (Christopher Ashley). The story centers upon a newly engaged couple, Brad (Ty Hudson of South Sioux City, NE) and Janet (Katie Henrichson of Sioux Falls) who, due to a storm and a flat tire, encounter Frank-N-Furter, a transsexual alien from the planet Transylvania (Miles Brindley of Belle Fourche).  Frank-N-Furter, along with his man-servant Riff-Raff (Kevin Kelly of Aberdeen) and maid Magenta (Krysta Dziak of Helena, MT) take the couple on a wild and hilarious science-fiction journey with a large and diverse cast of characters over the course of an evening. This evening includes creation of a man, death of a past lover, ray-guns, high heels and lots of song.  Audience members are welcome to participate in the evening by coming to the theatre in the costume of their favorite character.  Bags containing props for participating with the onstage action will be available for sale in the lobby prior to each performance.  The Rocky Horror Show contains mature themes and is not recommended for children. The artistic team of The Rocky Horror Show features a mix of faculty and students.  Faculty members Charlotte Guyette, Bruce Earnest, Patricia Downey and Linda Scribner serve as stage director, music director, choreographer, and costume designer, respectively, while graduate students Karl Hermanson, Jonathan Hart and Jay Seevers design the setting, lighting and sound, in turn. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for youths (K-12) and non-USD students, and $5 for USD students with current ID's.  Bags with participation props will be sold in the lobby for $3 each.  The box office opens April 14 from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to curtain on days of performance.  Tickets can be reserved by calling (605) 677-5400 or online at www.usd.edu/cfa/Theatre.

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