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PAAC production of ‘Rocky Horror’ opens tonight

October 18, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

NEGAUNEE - It's the time of year when fans of the "Rocky Horror Show" head to the Vista Theatre in Negaunee.

The show opens at 7:30 tonight, with additional shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 25, 26 and 27 p.m. Midnight shows will also be held on Saturdays.

fans can expect a fresh approach to the show this year, as well as some surprises, Director Brian Sundberg said.

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Janet, played by Kaitlin Aisthrop, sings during a dress rehearsal Wednesday of “Rocky Horror Show” as Brad, played by Lukas Anderson, looks on. The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council’s production begins at 7:30 this evening at the Vista Theater in Negaunee. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)

"Every year is different because there are different actors, the audience is different with their callbacks and every director has their own vision of the show," Sundberg said.

Those familiar with the movie version of the play, which is most people's first introduction to "Rocky Horror," will see similar color schemes and scenes from the movie, he said.

"I wanted to bring it back to the traditional show that a lot of people know," Sundberg said. "I just wanted to bring back all of those images people have seen on the screen to a live performance."

Bobby Glen Brown has been played Dr. Frankenfurter for nine years and he said he still finds that it's different every year and with each performance.

"For me it's different because there is a new cast every year and each director always has a different idea about how the show should look," Brown said. "What's fun for me is the audience is different every night, they might be older or younger."

Brown said he has acted in "Rocky Horror" for so long because he really loves audience participation plays.

"There's just an odd connection with the audience to Frankenfurter," Brown said. "I'm actually really humbled by the fact that people still come every year to support this and watch the show."

Tickets for shows starting at 7:30 p.m. are $12 and midnight shows are $15. Tickets are available at the door, the Vista Theater Thrift Shop in Negaunee, Johnson's Drug in Ishpeming and Snowbound Books in Marquette.

Props can be brought in but are also available at the Vista Theater before the show. Squirt guns and lighters are not allowed.

"When you come you're going to have fun," Sundberg said. "It's going to be a great show."

For more information, contact the theater at 475-7188 or visit

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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