UPDATED: Paul Bunyan Playhouse to present 'The Rocky Horror Show'
On Wednesday, June 29, the Paul Bunyan Playhouse board of directors announced the cancellation of performances for July 1, 2, and 3, due to COVID-19.
Editor's Note: A midnight show has been added for Friday night, July 8.
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BEMIDJI — “The Rocky Horror Show” isn’t a typical choice for the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, but director Jim Williams decided it was time to step out of the box.
“I just said, ‘Let’s just try it out, see what happens,’” Williams said. “You can’t play all safe. Every once in a while you need to throw something in there to lighten things up.”
Performances of “The Rocky Horror Show” will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9; at 3 p.m. on July 3; and at 2 p.m. on July 6. The production is rated “R” due to sexual content. It is recommended for audience members 18 and older.
“This is a nasty show,” said Williams, who addressed the issue in his curtain speech before performances of Brighton Beach Memoirs. "It’s entertaining, it’s fun, but it’s nasty. So don’t come running to me if you are upset by it.“
The cast of 15 will include a narrator whom Williams called a community celebrity.
“I grew up with the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ as a cult film,” Williams said. “I was in college when it came out. So to me, it seems pretty tame. The live version tries to stay true to the original.”
“The Rocky Horror Show” is a musical with music, lyrics and book by Richard O'Brien. It tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, unveiling his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky.
Tickets are $25 or $15 for students with a valid ID. Single show tickets, season tickets and flex passes are available online at thechieftheater.com or at the Chief Theater box office.