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The Rocky Horror Show comes to Columbus

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A local group that usually presents a Midsummer Night's Dream or Macbeth is trying their hand at "The Time Warp". The Chattahoochee Shakespeare Company is kicking off the season with The Rocky Horror Show.

News Leader Nine caught up with the cast to see how they are bringing this cult classic to the valley. The original Rocky Horror Show started in the 70's, but these actors say it's a timeless production that audiences in Columbus are really enjoying.

Jeremiah Hobbs is playing "Brad" in the show. He told News Leader Nine, "It was a fun summer project and we both know Rocky Horror and I had seen the movie in Atlanta. It just seemed like a fun thing to do over the summer."

So this group of Columbus State University students and local actors are spending their summer bringing the Rocky Horror Show to the International Marketplace.

"We like to incorporate the audience so it's fun for them and a lot of fun for us," said the show's "Janet", Amber Dickerson.

The Chattahoochee Shakespeare Company's Artistic Director, Troy Heard added, "The most fun, beyond the show itself and working with a great cast, is the audience response. We've been running for a couple of days now. We've had women in their 40's or 50's who grew up with the show who saw it in college."

Although the show touches on sex, drugs and rock and roll, cast members say it's a must see for most ages. "Riff Raff" from the Rocky Horror Show, Jim Pharr said, "You can expect the unexpected. There are a few things that might shock you, but it's all in good fun. We're definitely into showing you a good time."

Heard said it is quite an experience for any Rocky Horror lover, "I sit back and watch them singing and dancing. They get up and interact. This is the ultimate audience participation show. We've done our best to bring that into the entire process. Even if you've never seen Rocky Horror, you're part of it from the beginning to the end."

The show is running at the International Marketplace through August 15th with midnight showings starting next weekend. For more information on the show, you can visit www.chattshakes.com


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