Let’s do SummerFest’s Rocky Horror again

Frank-n-furter (Christopher Baker) meets Brad (Wood Van Meter) and Janet (Meaghan Sharrard) in 'Sweet Transvestite' in SummerFest's 'The Rocky Horror Show.' © Herald-Leader staff photo by Rich Copley.

It’s just a jump down to Buster’s Billiards and Backroom on Oct. 30 and 31 to see SummerFest’s production of The Rock Horror Show a couple more times.

The outdoor summer theater fest presented the stage version of the iconic show July 21, 22 and 24 at the Arboretum on Alumni Drive, but lost performances the 23rd and 25th due to rain. That will not be a factor inside Buster’s, where a concert version of the show will go on at 9:30 each night. The Sunday, Oct. 30 show will be an all ages performance.

Tedrin Blair Lindsay gave the summer production a rave review in the Herald-Leader:

The cast is superb. Their singing is on a much higher level than this rock musical usually obtains, and they all create complex characterizations that go beyond the usual campy exhibitionism. It takes real bravery to explore brazen sexuality in front of an audience, and the whole company is to be commended for confronting this difficult material in such a way as to make it meaningful rather than tawdry.

The Johnson Brothers Band, which provided the music for the SummerFest show, was not available for this production so area rockers Chico Fellini will step in. Tickets are on sale for the production now.

In other Kentucky Conservatory Theatre/SummerFest news, Rocky Horror director Wes Nelson has been named as the new general manager for the organization. He succeeds Martha Campbell, who served for a year as interim director following the departure of Joe Cannon Artz in 2010.  Nelson comes to SummerFest after work at Jenny Wiley Theatre in Prestonsburg and The Woodford Theatre, where he will direct Scrooge! The Musical! in December. Nelson is currently producing SummerFest’s first-ever indoor, school-year production, August: Osage County, which runs Oct. 13 to 23 at the Downtown Arts Center.

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