Friday Features - Oct. 9, 2015
Pioneer Players to present ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will present a student-directed interactive movie viewing of Richard O’Brien’s dark comedic musical, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The audience-interactive production will take place Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. and midnight, and Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Theatre. General admission is $10, which also includes an audience participation kit.
The story follows the recently engaged couple Brad Majors, played by Mitchell Losey, and Janet Weiss, played by Sarah McCraw, who find themselves lost after their car breaks down on a cold and rainy night. The two lovers eventually find shelter in a nearby castle, which is the home of Dr. Frank N. Furter, played by Cody Lindau. “Brad and Janet soon find themselves a part of an evening full of wacky antics, random musical numbers, and surprises around every corner—courtesy of Dr. Frank N. Furter and his squad of equally peculiar Transylvanians,” said Dakota Vaassen, student co-director of the production.
UW-Platteville student actors will pantomime the scenes in full costume on a set of their own as the movie plays. “The interactive ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is a cult classic,” said Vaassen. “It’s one of those shows where if you have never seen it, you have probably heard about it.” According to Vaassen, the stage production and film of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” sparked a cult following; for the past forty years, audience members have been eager to attend live action versions of the film while often dressing up in costumes of their own, talking back to the actors, and throwing various items on stage (which will be provided in the audience participation kits).
The remainder of the cast includes Kyle Rhodes as The Narrator, Elliott Frieden as Rocky, Dayna Neidich as Columbia, Joel Egelhoff as Riff Raff, Paytone Tracy as Magenta, Jon Herbers as Dr. Scott, and Andrew Joslin as Eddie. Students participating as Transylvanians include Jessie Hodgson, Aaron Pliska, Paul Krombos, Erinn Manteufel, Brooke L. Bennett, Baylee Bratz, Hayley Stroik, Sunshine Balch, Meghan Weber, and Rosanna Marie Rucinski.
For more information about ticket prices and show dates, call the CFA Box Office at (608) 342-1298. Visit the theatre program’s website www.uwplat.edu/theatre for more information regarding the remainder of the 2015-2016 season.
Written by: Elliott Frieden, theatre program intern
Camels to be on campus Wednesday
Campus Programming and Relations is bringing camels to the University of Wisconsin- Platteville’s campus Wednesday, Oct. 14 to mirror the hump day commercials.
According to David Nevins, director of campus activities, they are expecting a large turnout. “Who in their right mind wouldn’t want their picture with a camel on hump day,” said Nevins.
Campus Programming and Relations has brought other unusual animals to campus in the past including alligators, snakes and goats.
“The idea comes from the ‘Mike, Mike, Mike…guess what day it is’ commercials and what better day to host it than on hump day,” said Nevins. “We hope students come by and take selfies with the camels.”
The camels will be on the Markee Pioneer Student Center west lawn from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.