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A-B Tech Drama Club Mounts Cult Musical Halloween Weekend

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech Community College’s Drama Department will present a student-driven production of Richard O’Brien’s cult musical “The Rocky Horror Show,” directed by Summer Peffers.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 in Ferguson Auditorium on the Asheville campus. Tickets are $5 for A-B Tech students, veterans and area students and $10 for adults. Tickets will be sold at the door, first come, first served.

Rocky Horror costumes and audience participation are encouraged, but the usual “props” cannot be thrown in the auditorium.

On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean cut young people, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss, get caught in a storm and seek help at the freaky Frankenstein mansion. Little do they know that the mansion is inhabited by alien transsexuals from the planet Transylvania or that Dr. Frank-N-Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments, creating a muscle man named Rocky Horror.

Director Peffers was drawn to The Rocky Horror Show, “because it’s a very controversial show that has a deeper meaning than people think.  It’s fun, but it’s profound,” she said.

Produced and directed by Australian Jim Sharman, the original London production ran for a total of 2,960 performances and won the 1973 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. Its 1974 U.S. debut in Los Angeles had a successful nine-month run but its 1975 Broadway debut lasted only three previews and 45 showings, despite gaining a Tony nomination and three Drama Desk nominations. The musical was ranked 8th in a BBC Radio listener poll of the Nation’s Number One Essential Musicals.

Principal players include Tab Merkle as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Lauren Rivas as Janet, Wesley Bailey as Riff Raff, David Krarup as Rocky, Stacy Sexton as Magenta, Casey Brittini as Columbia, Robert Eadie as Brad, and Robbie Riley as Dr. Scott.  Phil Koch is the stage manager, and Hannah Gerard is the assistant stage manager. Sam Thomas is the costume director, and Mackenzie King is the properties master.  Instructor Laura Chaney heads the design team with her Stagecraft and Stage Makeup classes.

The A-B Tech Drama Club was founded in 2003 to encourage students to participate in drama at the community college.  A-B Tech Drama produced its first play, The Boys Next Door, in 2004. The Rocky Horror Show is the company’s 18th production.

For more information, contact Peter Carver at 828-398-7890 or [email protected].

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