Show Notes: In this podcast, you’ll hear Dr. Rachel Klein, president of the Hilo Community Players, talk about what the audience can look forward to in their production of The Rocky Horror Show in Hilo.
The distanced, drive-in style, live production runs Oct. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium Parking Lot. Tickets are available now at HiloPlayers.org.
Have the Hilo Community Players ever performed the Rocky Horror Show before?
Yes, we have. I think we last did it in 2008, and that was a traveling production that performed all over the island. There was also one in the early ’90s out at the Akebono Theater in Pahoa.
What was the inspiration to do it again this year?
We planned to do it last year, but because of the pandemic, it got pushed back. And so, we finally figured out a way to do it this year. I think the inspiration for wanting to do this show is because it’s a fan favorite, a cult classic, all of that. But it also has an important message that we feel is relevant and important to do now. And that message is about self-expression, inclusivity, and just sort of being, you know, who you want to be and living the way you want to live. So, we felt like now was a good time to remind everyone that they’re perfect exactly as they are.
How difficult was it to set up a live production show with a drive-in style setting?
Oh, goodness, very difficult! So, this is our third drive-in-style show since the pandemic began. But this is the first one that’s a musical. The other two were both Shakespeare productions, so we gained a lot of experience from doing those. But of course, it is a musical with a live band and microphones for the singers, and all of that adds a layer of complexity to the technical elements to be brought outdoors. So, it’s very from the technical perspective because we have to build the stage high enough so that people can see from in their cars and we have to park the cars in a particular way so that people that are in a row behind or two rows behind can still see over the other cars
Usually, the audience loves to participate while the actors are performing. Do you think we have any hardcore Rocky Horror Shows fans on the island?
People don’t have to dress up, but they are encouraged to, and more than welcome to. We love it when people dress up and participate. So, we will have participation kits available for our audience to purchase if they want to. So, that’ll have all the things that the audience typically uses for participation, the things they throw and whatnot: water guns and cards and all that stuff. And so, we’re going to have those available. But certainly, you know, we’re encouraging all participation the, you know, the callback lines, the shouting, we would love all of that. And we, you know, we just want people to come and have a really good time. So that’s I think part of it with this show is the participation.
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