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OnStage Playhouse's 'The Rocky Horror Show' mixes creep with camp Jeri Jacquin | Fri, Nov 05 2010 05:38 PM

Want some ghoulishness with a bit of classic camp? “The Rocky Horror Show” is running through Nov. 27 at OnStage Playhouse in Chula Vista.

The stage production is narrated by the, well, narrator (James Steinberg) and tells the story of a young man named Brad Majors (Jacob Kalani Sensano) and his fiancÈe Janet Weiss (Fay Scott). The two decided to celebrate their upcoming nuptials by visiting their old friend Dr. Scott (Nathan Plummer).

But on the way their car is stuck in the rain and their only chance of finding help is a castle in the distance. Finally reaching the somber place, they are greeted by Riff Raff (Patrick Mayuyu), Magenta (Ashleigh Moore) and Columbia (Tiffany Loui).

In the midst of what seems to be a celebration, they are introduced to Dr. Frank N’ Furter (Brian P. Evans), a scientist with a penchant for buggery of all kinds. Obsessed by creating his perfect specimen Rocky (Reed Willard), it is clear the doc is insatiable.

That is until Eddie (Plummer), a young motorcycle boy who has stolen the heart of Columbia, reappears letting everyone know that nothing is what it seems. Then Dr. Scott shows up unexpectedly and tells Brad and Janet whom they’ve been involved with.

But it turns out to be Frank who had better wise up as the conclusion isn’t exactly what anyone is anticipating.

There is color, music and plenty of laughs to be had.

Daniel Zisko, who is on his 11th production at Onstage Playhouse, directs the production. His approach to the infamous Rocky Horror is that of a B-movie with a racy burlesque feel thrown in for good measure.

“The Rocky Horror Show” was written by the original Riff-Raff himself, Richard O’Brien, in 1973. It wasn’t until 1975 that “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” hit the big screen and became a cult phenomenon.

Zisko feels the stage production is truly the way to go. “The stage play fills in the missing pieces of what the movie should have been,” he said. “The play has better pacing and an extra song.”

Several special midnight performances have been added to the production’s run: Nov. 6, 13 and 20 — all Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

There is one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 14.

General admission is $20 with group discounts available. For more information, call 422-7787 or visit the Web site at www.onstageproductions.org.

Mainly Mozart continues at Mater Dei Catholic’s Kassebaum Theatre

The second of San Diego’s Performing Arts’ three-part sampler series, Mainly Mozart, returns to Mater Dei Catholic High School on Nov. 20 with the award-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano.

Hailed as being unmatched in tonal magnitude, tuneful fluency and concentrated teamwork, Cuarteto Latinoamericano is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. The group will perform a program of all-Mexican works in celebration of the Mexican bicentennial.

Mainly Mozart is working in collaboration with the consul general of Mexico to produce an event that will serve as the San Diego County centerpiece for the Nov. 20 anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Dignitaries and press from both sides of the border will be invited to this event, hosted by Mexican Consul General Remedios Gomez Arnau.

Each San Diego’s Performing Arts performance begins at 7 p.m., followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session and an hour-long reception with the artists in the theater lobby.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mainlymozart.org or by calling 239-0100.

Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center
(Eastlake High School)

14: Robotics awards ceremony, 4 p.m.
17-20: EHS Drama Department presents “Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner,” 7 p.m.
30: Chula Vista High School SCPA dance concert, 7 p.m.

1: Chula Vista High School SCPA dance concert, 7 p.m.
4: Hollywood music, all day
7: Eastlake High School vocal music concert, 6:30 p.m.
8: Eastlake High School instrumental music concert, 7 p.m.
9-11: Eastlake High School dance recital, 7 p.m.
12: Dance Arts Center winter recital, 2 p.m.
16: San Diego Dance Academy, 6 p.m.
For information on any of the above events, call 397-3855.

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