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RCC will be time-warping as a cult favorite is part of the 2013-14 season

Published 7:01am Sunday, August 25, 2013
Riverland Theatre Department head Lindsey Duoos Williams and players will be bringing the cult favorite, the “The Rocky Horror Show” to the RCC stage as part of its 2013-14 season. Eric Johnson/
Riverland Theatre Department head Lindsey Duoos Williams and players will be bringing the cult favorite, the “The Rocky Horror Show” to the RCC stage as part of its 2013-14 season. Eric Johnson/

It’s just a jump to the left. Then a step to the right. And Riverland is ready for a time warp — and the beginning of its theater season.

Lindsey Duoos Williams will start her third year at the helm of the Riverland Community College theater department with the Broadway musical “The Rocky Horror Show,” the Richard O’Brien classic with songs like “Science Fiction/Double Feature,” “Dammit Janet!” and “The Time Warp.” While Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon probably won’t be in town, Duoos Williams is expecting a big turnout for auditions, which are open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, and the performance.

“Rocky Horror is a favorite of mine,” she said.

To Duoos Williams’ knowledge, Riverland has never performed “The Rocky Horror Show,” or any of the department’s three other productions planned for the 2013-14 season.

“It’s fun to experience some new shows,” she said. “It keeps the audience excited.”

The 1973 musical comedy horror — about an engaged couple trapped at the home of a mad transvestite scientist — was made into a 1975 movie starring Curry, Sarandon and Meat Loaf.

“Rocky Horror feels edgy, but it’s actually a classic,” Duoos Williams said. “That’s one show I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

The performance, which opens Oct. 3, contains adult themes and strong language, and parental guidance is recommended.

In November, Act 2 will be another Broadway play, “Boeing Boeing,” which Duoos Williams describes as a hilarious French farce. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival, the 1960s play features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées — each one a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Bernard’s apartment at once.

“It’s non-stop comedy,” Duoos Williams said.

The season continues in February with another Broadway comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

The show begins when a die-hard musical theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room. The show-within-a-show tells the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love — but with a unique twist.

“It’s really a love letter to the classical music of the 1920s,” Duoos Williams said. “For me, that’s the one I’m most looking forward to. I can’t stress how fun this show is. It’s the perfect show for people who are fans of musical theater.”

The season ends with the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Picnic” by William Inge.

In 1953, a small Kansas town eagerly anticipates the annual Labor Day picnic. When a handsome stranger shows up and steals the heart of the prettiest girl in town, buried passions are ignited. Soon, the town is entangled in failed relationships, family feuds, and broken hearts.

“While the era is dated, the basic themes of the show I think really resonate today,” Duoos Williams said.

Duoos Williams said she’s really excited to get her third season underway.

“Having been here for the cycle of two full seasons, I’ve certainly learned a lot and settled in,” she said.

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