The DePauw Theatre season is set to begin this fall with its performance of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Often considered a daring cult-classic, this musical first hit the stage in 1973 before making its way to the silver screen in 1975. The show centers on newlywed couple Brad and Janet, who find themselves in the home of “transvestite scientist” Dr. Frank-N-Furter and meet Rocky, the doctor’s muscular creation (IMDB). Sophomore Ben Freeman, who plays Rocky, described the musical as an “overwhelming sexual sugar rush.” Now, “Rocky Horror” will take on DePauw’s stage, as students come together to create a production unlike anything DePauw has seen.
According to faculty member and production stage manager, Kate Grimm, 45 people are actively involved in producing the show, including faculty, students, and alumni.
“That’s a huge number for us!” Grimm said in a recent interview.
Alongside these participants, Greencastle community members have also joined in on production. Kathryn Dory, wife of Greencastle Mayor Bill Dory, is involved as the show’s vocal coach.
In regards to community involvement in “Rocky Horror,” Grimm said, “I think it’s pretty neat how many people have come together to bring this production to life.”
At least 32 DePauw students have come together to make this show possible. Freeman expressed his excitement for opening night when he said, “The show is a Halloween-time classic for my family . . . So not just to be in the act, but to be cast as Rocky is super exciting.”
He reflected on how Steve Timm, the production’s director, has kept him “in the dark” about parts of the show.
“He seems excited to surprise even me with some of his plans, so even I’m anxious for the action,” Freeman added.
Carly Hajducky, a sophomore and 13-year theater veteran, conveyed her eagerness to perform as a “phantom.”
“Phantoms are essentially featured ensemble members,” Hajducky said, “but they really differ from traditional ensemble roles.”
“Rocky Horror” creates a “dynamic and exciting experience” by using the phantoms as living set pieces. When asked about the significance of “Rocky Horror,” Hajducky was quick to answer.
“It’s a beloved cult classic for many within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as for those who aren’t represented by society,” Hajducky said.
Grimm expressed similar views. “I love the punk aesthetics, cult following, and catchy tunes,” she said.
With opening night drawing closer, the cast of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” is excited to perform this show live for the DePauw and Greencastle communities. DePauw Theatre currently plans to put on three nighttime performances, according to DePauw Campus Labs, with 7:30 p.m. shows on September 29, September 30, and October 1, 2022. You can find more information about the show here.
There will also be a matinee performance on October 2 at 3 p.m.
“With each rehearsal, [the cast] gets more confident in their abilities and builds a stronger trust in their instincts. That’s what makes this show so exciting for me!” Grimm added at the end of the interview.
“All in all, Rocky is an experience you’ll never forget. Be it your first or 400th time-warp, you’re going to want to do it again!” Hajducky said.