Kauai Community Players stage ‘The Rocky Horror Show’

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    Ben Nause and Emily Dunn play a couple in “The Rocky Horror Show.”

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    BethAnne Kapansky Wright, “The Rock Horror Show” choreographer from Alaska, smiles with her dog.

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    Chase Pitt dresses in a piece created by Barbara Green as he has fun during rehearsal for “The Rocky Horror Show” with co-star Isaac Worth.

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    From left, Ben Nause, Chase Pitt, Emily Dunn and Isaac Worth act in a rehearsal scene from “The Rocky Horror Show.”

Kauai Community Players will present “The Rocky Horror Show” at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse starting next weekend.

The play is directed by Jennifer (Downs) Takenaka, with musical direction by Nina Saraos. It will run from Jan. 17 to Feb. 2, Thursdays to Saturdays at 7 p.m. each night, and 4 p.m. on Sundays.

At the rehearsal on Monday night, it was chaotic. Isaac Worth was strutting around in his one-piece golden Speedo with no shirt or shorts on. All eyes were on him with a few chuckles. Worth, as Rocky, owned it as he flexed his muscles. He wasn’t wrestling that night — just getting into his character. The glitter all over his body made others smile as you already sense he was comfortable in it.

“The outfits set the tone and time of the setting and its environment,” said Barbara Green.

Green is the costume designer, and has an eye for what the concept is. She was making sure everyone looked good and felt comfortable in their costumes.

“This cult classic musical by Richard O’Brien is over 40 years old and is playing to sold-out audiences nationwide. Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist,” said Liz Hahn, KCP representative.

“This kind of play has never been done before on Kauai. It’s fun, bizarre, full of wit, and I think we are ready for it,” said Takenaka.

Exciting vibes filled the air Monday as leading actor Chase Pitt wore his black dress with a long train and high stilettos. He plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a scientist who loves wearing women’s clothes. Breaking boundaries is evident in every move he made. Tossing his curly red wig, finding his whip and embracing his curves, he was all woman, and he brought out his character’s mannerisms well.

When asked what her character is like, Emily Dunn said, “Janet is like a traditional ‘50s housewife who inspires to be married to Brad. But she gets a taste of the dark side and keeps heading that way.”

Ben Nause, secondary leading man, said, “Brad is a young man, newly married, passionate. Expect someone with a lot of heart.”

“This is not for children. There are no boundaries in this show. This is for people who love others with an open mind,” said Green.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, they will be debuting a bit of their show at a drag show at a resort, then they will resume their full play at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse.

General admission is $20, $18 for seniors and $15 for students. Tickets are available at kauaicommunityplayers.org.


Stephanie Shinno, staff writer, can be reached at 245-0424 or sshinno@thegardenisland.com.


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