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Theater Victoria shows 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' for fundraiser

Oct. 29, 2010 at 5:29 a.m.
Updated Oct. 30, 2010 at 5:30 a.m.

Volunteers Sarah Smith, left, and Quinton Tsehirhart, dressed as Columbia and Riff-Raff, respectively, laugh as they pose at the top of the staircase at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts on Friday night before a showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

By day he is Brett Jones, a drug and alcohol interventionist, but on Friday night he became something else.

Squeezed into a black bustier, fishnet stockings, with makeup skillfully applied and a black wig on his head, Jones became Frankenfurter, the mad genius of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

"It's wonderful. It's scary, but I'm so excited to see something like this in Victoria," Jones said.

The Leo J. Welder Center was caught in a time warp on Friday night.

"No, I'm playing the real Janet," a woman dressed in a white bra and slip yelled as the guy playing Rocky flexed his muscles and posed in skin-tight gold biker shorts.

This year for its annual fundraiser the Theatre Victoria board members decided to try something a little different, offering a showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," complete with actors to act out the film onstage.

"Rocky has been out for 35 years. This gets shown in a lot of metroplexes. After 35 years, why not Victoria?" Theatre Victoria board member Lisa Hernandez said.

Hernandez was dressed in a tuxedo jacket, a sparkly red vest and fish nets.

"I'm a time warp dancer," she said, with a flash of a smile.

"Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a 1975 film that tanked when it first premiered before becoming an underground hit.

Live showings of the film are an interactive experience, complete with water guns to simulate rain and actors acting out the film onstage, while the film plays.

They were all there Friday night. Rocky, Janet, Brad, Columbia, Magenta, Riff-Raff and, of course, Frank-N-Furter.

While the cult classic rock musical film gets shown a lot, most of the actors had never actually seen it live, let alone performed in it.

Many of the people in the audience members were first-timers as well.

Victoria resident Amanda Lynch and her mother have loved the film for years. They couldn't pass up the chance to see it live, Lynch said.

"I love it because it's kooky and crazy, just like me," Amanda Lynch said.

Lynch and her mom, Ramona Hall, said they are big fans of the movie, but have never seen it with an audience.

"I'm so excited to be doing this with my mom," Lynch said.

Hernandez said the board was hoping to raise about $10,000 from the event, which will help fund the theater and productions for the upcoming year.

"It's to fund the arts, live entertainment like this in the area is important," Hernandez said.

While Jones admitted he was a little nervous to be strutting across the stage as a transvestite, he said he was sure it was worth it.

"I was shanghaied into this by a lady, but it's for a good cause. I'm thrilled, darling," he said. Then he tossed his head back, shook his Frank-N-Furter black hair and cackled. "Thrilled."



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