FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2006
'Rocky Horror Show' to Play at Performing Arts Center
The Santa Clarita Valley will do the time warp for the very first time as Richard O'Brien's "The Rocky Horror Show" opens at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 20. An 8 p.m. costume contest with prizes such as gift certificates, T-shirts and tickets to upcoming shows will precede an 8:30 curtain time for the first performance.
From its U.S. debut in 1974 at Los Angeles' The Roxy to the cult-classic movie, "The Rocky Horror Show" has become a rite of passage for American audiences.
Mark Salyer, the show's director, remembers the first time he experienced the show. "In the mid-80s, I was a first-timer. I arrived decked out as Brad Majors, scared to venture into any of the other wacky characters I heard about," said Salyer. "I left covered with confetti and toast crumbs and a whole new Saturday night ritual to look forward to."
Audience members are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters, and like a true rock 'n' roll concert, participation is key. "The audience is part of it all," said Salyer. "We want people to come ready to scream and yell and, especially, dress up."
The lead role of Janet will be played by Whitney Vigil, who played Audrey in last year's production of "Little Shop of Horrors." COC student Aaron Wong, whom Salyer describes as "a total cross between Mick Jagger and Yoko Ono," will play Dr. Frank 'N' Furter.
Although audience members will not be allowed to bring their own audience-participation items, participation kits will be available for purchase in the lobby for $5 each.
Additional performance dates are 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 2 p.m. Oct. 22, 8 p.m. Oct. 27, and 7 and 11 p.m. Oct. 28.
For more information and tickets, visit the performing arts center website at http://www.canyonspac.com.
Note: Content and themes may not be suitable for younger audiences. Parental discretion is advised.
Note to Editors: Photographers are invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. dress rehearsal of "The Rocky Horror Show" on Thursday, Oct. 19 on the main stage of the Performing Arts Center. Please contact the Public Information Office at (661) 362-3414.