A strange journey: 'The Rocky Horror Show'

Apollo Civic Theatre produces stage version of the cult-classic

Apollo Civic Theatre produces stage version of the cult-classic

October 27, 2009|By KACEY KEITH / Pulse correspondent

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - "I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey."

That strange journey would be the live stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show."

Alex Hale, 17, a senior at Martinsburg High School, plays a phantom in the upcoming production of "The Rocky Horror Show" at The Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg.

("The Rocky Horror Show') speaks to everyone's ... strange side," Hale said. "It invites you to embrace that side of your personality, let loose, and have fun."

The show has four performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 29; and midnight, Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31. Tickets cost $15.


"The Rocky Horror Show" was first performed on stage in 1973 and is still performed in theaters worldwide. The film version, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," was released in 1975 and is still played in movie theaters all over the world.

The story tells about a young couple, Brad and Janet, who get stranded and seek the help of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. Dr. Frank-N-Furter is trying to create the perfect man, Rocky. He's helped by Riff Raff, a hunched-back handyman, and his sister, Magenta.

Proceeds from this production of "The Rocky Horror Show" will help Martinsburg High School raise funds for theater lights for the school's new black-box theater.

What makes "The Rocky Horror Show" so fascinating to people everywhere? Sarah Riley, 18, of Martinsburg High School, also plays a phantom in this production, She said people still like the show because it is fun and crazy, and it's all about having a good time.

Part of that fun is, as with "Rocky Horror" tradition, audience members are encouraged to participate. Audience participators of "The Rocky Horror Show" shout their own lines in response to onstage characters and even bring their own props to be a part of the show. This production is selling audience participation packs for $3 to encourage everyone to be a part of the fun. This production will be performed live by a community theater group.

Hale believes that the message of the show is "Don't be afraid of who you are and live your dreams."

In fact, "The Rocky Horror Show" can be summed up by one of its most famous quotes, "Don't dream it, be it."

If you go ...

What: "The Rocky Horror Show"

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 29; and midnight Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31

Where: Apollo Civic Theater, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

Cost: $15

MORE: Call 304-263-6766 or go to

MORE: Audience participation bags cost $3; raffle tickets for a limousine pick up and drop off from the show cost $2 with purchase of ticket

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