Originally created 11/06/01

'Rocky' knocks out the fun for audience



The Rocky Horror Show is a cult favorite, and the movie version still draws crowds to midnight screenings.

I had the pleasure of seeing the Augusta Theatre Company's production of the original stage classic, and wow!

Here's the story: Brad Majors (Keith Manasco) and Janet Weiss (Robin Burks) are an upstanding young couple whose car breaks down one rainy night. All that's around is an old castle (surprise, surprise). There they meet mad scientist Dr. Frank-n-Furter (Robert Seawell) and his cross-dressing gang. Wackiness ensues.

Director James Worth's production is awesome - I can hardly begin to describe it. The cast was phenomenal, especially Mr. Seawell, Antonio Scales, who played bitter manservant Riff Raff, and Drew Stone, who appeared as Rocky, the science-experiment attempt at the perfect man. They were hilarious as they played their parts so scantily clad. I couldn't do what any of the cast did with those outfits. I'd be a little self-conscious, and I know they had to be, too, at first, so extra kudos to them.

The Bon Air Ballroom, where the play is presented, is small and intimate, so you get to see everything. There's also some of the traditional audience participation, which is great.

High points included the scene in which rock-star Eddie (Ned Lathrop) made his appearance and Dr. Frank-n-Furter came after him with a chain saw.

I loved this play, although it was weird finding out that the narrator is Evans High School math teacher Drew Davis - especially when I saw him in school the next day.

The theater company will perform Rocky Horror through Saturday. It's a great way to spend a few hours and just have fun. So come on and do the Time Warp with them.

It's just a jump to the left.

ON STAGE

WHAT: The Rocky Horror Show, presented by the Augusta Theatre Company

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Bon Air Apartments Ballroom, 2101 Walton Way

ADMISSION: $18 adults, $12 students and senior citizens and $10 matinees

PHONE: 481-9040

Teen board member Allison Young, 16, is a junior at Evans High School.,