By SUE SUCHYTA
“It’s just a step to the right…” well, maybe more than a step, but the Wyandotte Community Theatre has found a new home in “the ‘Dotte,” just in time for its third annual production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” with a larger stage, at Paragon Support Systems, 2101 Grove St. in Wyandotte.
The show runs at 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 27 and 28, and 11:50 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29. The end of intermission will feature a Rocky Horror-themed costume contest.
Director Elizabeth Stone-Hall of Wyandotte said she loves the music, audience participation and the entire “Rocky Horror” experience.
“Audience participation is enhanced when the actors are right there and not just up on the big screen,” Stone-Hall said. “You do get a taste of that if you attend a shadow-cast performance. However, when there is not a movie playing in the background, you kind of find yourself immersed a bit more deeply in the production.”
Stone-Hall said she tells people that attending “Rocky Horror” is a great opportunity to “let loose.”
“I encourage those who are hesitant to come in costume,” she said. “It’s a chance to break free from your normal everyday routine.”
She said the show is very interactive, and audience members are encouraged to do “The Time Warp.”
Andrea Vanderhorst of Trenton, who plays Janet, said “Rocky Horror” is very different from shows she has done in the past.
“Wearing underwear on stage is a new one for me,” she said. “But Janet gains a lot of confidence throughout the show. She is pretty wholesome and demur until she experiences some unique situations which lead her to a new confidence and attitude.”
Rachel Kret of Wyandotte, who plays Columbia, said the show taught her to accept and be confident about her body.
“I’m dancing and singing in front of (the) crowd in (my) lingerie,” she said. “Last year I was terrified to do this, but on opening night when I walked through the door and the crowd went nuts, I felt so free and beautiful.
“Society places a lot of unrealistic standards on women, and up until ‘Rocky’ I struggled with that. Now when I look in the mirror I see how beautiful and unique those ‘imperfections’ make me.”
Dylan Hart of Taylor, who plays Brad Majors, said his character is liberating in that it lets him do things he himself would not do.
“It gives you the freedom to be whoever you want,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what your sexuality, religious or race is – it is OK to be yourself and express yourself in ways you never thought you could. I think that is why this show is loved by millions of people around the world.”
Alayna Will of Wyandotte, who plays Magenta, tell people the show is very interactive and the place to “let your freak flag fly.”
“You can really let your inhibitions go and release some of the weirdness inside you for the night,” she said.
Will said that when her grandparents came last year she was surprised by how much they loved the show.
“They are already talking about how excited they are to come this year,” Will said. “I mean, it was awkward having to dance and sing and shimmy in a corset literally right in front of them, but they were very proud, and laughing along at the dirty moments of the show.”
Dinah Tutein of Rockwood, who plays the narrator, encourages people to come see a cult classic on stage.
“Just let us tease and entertain you, because when you are having fun, the world no longer matters,” she said. “When you come see us, bring out your sexy side, and if you can’t find it, don’t worry, we will help you look.”
Also in the cast are Nick Mullins of Allen Park as Dr. Scott; Lincoln Park residents Ashley Lyle as Riff Raff, and Elaine Lukawski and Amanda Revesz as phantoms; Southgate residents Zachary James Morgan as Frank N. Furter, Ethan Thomas as Rocky, and Chelsea Gerring, Heaven Lang, and Maiya Martinez as phantoms; Nadia Brunt of Trenton as a phantom; and Wyandotte residents Gretchen Davis as an usherette, Anthony Samons as Eddie and Russell Shier as a phantom.
Tickets are $25, with prop bags available for purchase. To order tickets, go to eventbrite.com. For more information, call 734-775-9635 or go to rockyinthedotte.com.
FISHER’S ‘A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER’ IS PURE FUN
Don’t miss the first national tour of the Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, “A Gentleman’s Guild to Love & Murder,” through Oct. 16 at the Fisher Theater.
The delightfully funny show, highly entertaining, with delicious plot twists, tells the story of Monty Navarro, who suddenly discovers he is seventh in line to the D’Ysquish fortune and title.
Monty’s mother, who was disinherited when she married for love, struggled to survive when her husband died young, leaving her with a 7-year-old son. When his mother dies, Monty discovers who he is – and when the D’Ysquish family rejects him, he becomes determined to rise through the line of succession through some cleverly concocted murders.
Along the way, he must balance a mistress and a fiance’, and deal with the patricide plot twists.
The show is refreshing and fun, cleverly performed, fast paced and captivating. From the ensemble to the leads, the performances are amazing.
John Rapson, the talent who plays the D’Ysquish heirs, is a proud University of Michigan graduate.
For information, call 313-872-1000 or go to BroadwayInDetroit.com. For tickets, call 800-982-2787 or go to ticketmaster.com.
EFHS PRESENTS ‘PIRATES OF PENZANCE’
Edsel Ford High School Performing Arts Department presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s swashbuckling high seas adventure, “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 21 and 22 at the school, 20601 Rotunda Drive, Dearborn.
The two-act comic opera features pirates, pretty maidens and a love story.
Yazan Kochak plays the Pirate King, with Jacob Gilman as Frederic, La’ Daria Avery as Mable, Nathan Wall as Major General Stanley and Alyssa Calderon as Ruth.
Advanced ticket sales are $10, with a $2 discount for students and seniors. Tickets at the door are $12, with a $2 discount for students and seniors.
To order online, go to brownpapertickets.com/event/2554538. For information only, call 313-827-1553.