Bryan Texas October 2011
On our way to Bryan Texas for The Theatre Company’s production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show we were sharing our expectations of the show. We had already seen 2 productions in the previous 24 hours. Both of those were really good, so by the law of averages this one was sure to be mediocre right? Wrong. Flying like a bat out of hell we ran into the theater having missed the first two songs. If I hadn’t gotten pulled over for speeding we probably would have been there with time to spare.
Initially the most striking thing about this show was the set. It was not what I was expecting. The set designer created a brightly colored, pop-art influenced design. I loved it. The set was rather large and there was plenty of room for the principals and Phantoms. The costumes were somewhat derivative of the movie but with some subtle changes.
This production had solid singing and dancing by the entire cast. I especially enjoyed Janet, Deborah Campbell-Greene, and her stripper pole routine during Touch-A Touch-Me. Also the fact that Rocky, Zach Reeves, looked like he may very well be just 7 hours old, ok more like 14 although he assured me he was legal. The Narrator, Jimmy Uhlemeyer, was very funny. I really enjoyed the Phantoms in this production too, they were really interesting to look at and I felt like they would have some interesting stories to tell about Frank’s castle.
The show was pretty straight forward and the crowd loved it as much as I did. This was a fundraiser show for The Theatre Company and they had done the show before. The cast treated it as an old friend and it translated into a great show. I hope to get to see them doing this show again and have to give them kudos not only for having one of the friendliest casts/crews we’ve met but also for having a great program with production photos, a Rocky crossword puzzle and a word search.