STORY BY LAURYN COX, STAFF WRITER
PHOTOS BY PIXIE IWATA, CO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
“The Rocky Horror Show” conducted by the Cypress Theatre Department had its eccentric opening night on Friday, Oct. 7.
The original musical premiered its first show at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973. Richard O’Brien’s version has been performed in over 30 countries and translated in over 20 different languages.
“The Rocky Horror Show” depicts fluid sexuality during a time of division between generations and a lack of sexual differences and acceptance.
“Rocky Horror has been a staple in the realm of theatre and musicals for nearly 50 years and still manages to find its way on stages each year to celebrate sexuality and being who you truly want to be,” said Musical director Gabrielle Maldonado. “After being given the privilege of guiding these students musically and vocally, I have found a new love for the show and better understand just how sex appeal and rock and roll truly are both on and off the stage.”
The show began with a round of applause from the audience. Then, three cast members lively reminded the audience of rules of the theatre such as silencing their cell phones.
Through the show, the cast sang, danced and interacted with the audience through laughter, applause, and banter.
Qarin Van Brink, a Cypress Security student said, “The show was fantastic! I have never seen the live show, only the movie. My favorite part was when the cast created a car with their bodies.”
Along with the cast performing, there was a band of five playing in the background. There were minor sound bites during the opening scene that stopped once the show began.
The set and lighting added to the show making it visually captivating for the audience.
Avery Tang scenic designer said, “I designed, built, and painted the sets. The lab was created and designed inspired by an arcade game. My favorite part of the show was that every single moment had something unique to offer.”
From the music, lightning, singing, and sets the show was successfully and tastefully executed. The show concluded with a standing ovation from the audience while the cast gave their bows.