Roselle Park Post


April 1, 2011

Roselle Park High School has announced plans to stage the Rocky Horror Picture Show for next year’s high school musical. This year’s production of “Annie” which was excellently performed, had one less performance than previous years since the Sunday matinee was canceled. That’s when the idea to stage a lavish production which will bring in a larger audience and help with ticket sales was dreamed up.

“It’s gonna be a grand scale project!” Eric Witkowski claimed, “Roselle Park’s never seen anything like it!”

The high school went through several ideas, including non-musical dramatic plays, before deciding on The Rocky Horror Show, which is the official name of the stage version of the famous cult film.  Stage plays such as ‘Glengarry Glen Ross‘, ”Night Mother‘, and ‘Death Of A Salesman‘ were seriously considered.

“We might still do them for a fall show!” The drama teacher stated.

But the final decision was between ‘The Rocky Horror Show‘, ‘Urinetown‘, and ‘The Color Purple‘. The Alice Walker-based musical based on the life of a black woman at the turn of the century almost had enough votes but the rights could not be secured in time. The drama club scoffed at those who felt that ‘The Color Purple‘ wouldn’t suit Roselle Park due to the subject matter and the fact that the Broadway version had an almost all-black cast.

“What’s the problem? They do ‘Oklahoma‘ in Roselle and the original had a lot of white people in it!” one drama club member stated, “It’s not about the color of anyone’s skin. It’s about the music and the quality of the performance.”

When asked if there are any other surprises coming in the near future, one teenage thespian paused, smiled and said, “We’re working on an original musical entitled ‘Bored Of Ed‘. It’s gonna make ‘Glee‘ look like ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark‘.

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