Let’s do the ‘Time Warp’ again


Sparkles, flashy costumes, impressive makeup and heel skills even I envy await SDSU students and the Brookings community during the SDSU theatre group’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show.”

The show opens on Wednesday, Oct. 19 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 23. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with midnight performances on both Friday and Saturday. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The show is free to SDSU students and tickets are available at the PAC. The show’s Director J.D. Ackman suggests students get their tickets ahead of time to prevent waiting in line and potentially not getting a seat.

“We fully intend on selling the house out every time,” Ackman said.

For those unfamiliar with the story line, Brad and Janet, a newly engaged couple, are stranded in a desolate area and the only nearby residence is scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter. Hysterical twists and crazy antics all encouraged by audience participation provide a unique theatre experience.

Kameron Nelson, a senior theatre major from Rapid City, plays Dr. Frank N. Furter and does a fantastic job.

“This has been my first named roll and it’s been a blast. But it’s been crazy to get into character because he’s so intricate, and well, a transvestite,” Nelson said.

His facial expressions, powerful attitude and strong vocals truly bring life to the character.

“I really enjoy being the narrator,” said Andrew Schnabel, a senior communication studies theatre major from Sioux Falls. “It’s fun. I’m actually allowed to talk to the audience.”

Ackman feels confident in his cast and is very excited to put on this performance.

“Rocky’s been on our list to do, and I thought this was the time,” said Ackman.

The cast seems excited for the production, too.

“I really loved the movie and thought I’d audition, and I rocked it,” said Nelson. “Regardless of the time period, people can enjoy this movie. But with today’s age, I think the freedom of sexuality is really important and I’m glad we could do this production.”

“I’ve always loved Rocky. I’m really happy it came to SDSU,” Schnabel said.

Only five people are in the pit band, but according to Music Director Heidi Grimsley, that’s all the show was scored for. The band also does a fantastic job of setting the mood and allowing the characters to make the scene their own.

“The cast came in with a good knowledge of the songs, so this was an easy process,” said Grimsley.

The wardrobe is nothing short of spectacular. The show uses more lighting cues than any other production ever put on by SDSU. This works perfectly with the outfits and complements the glitz and glamour. The men of the cast have developed a new respect for women and the regular abuse high heels put on their feet.

“Mad props to women. I don’t know how they do it,” Schnabel said.

Nelson said, “The absolute hardest thing was learning how to walk in five-inch heels. My feet constantly hurt and now, because of how often I’m wearing heels for the role, I have to remind myself how to walk normally.”

Normally the show is accompanied by the throwing of toast and various other props, however out of respect for the PAC staff, no outside props are allowed. Viewers may purchase a $5 prop bag at the doors.

The constant excitement, incredible acting and amazing dance numbers will have you doing the Time Warp again and again.