June 28—BEMIDJI — “The Rocky Horror Show” isn’t a typical choice for the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, but director Jim Williams decided it was time to think outside the box.
“I just said, ‘Let’s give it a try, let’s see what happens,'” Williams said. “You can’t play it safe. Every now and then you have to throw something in there to lighten things up.”
Performances of “The Rocky Horror Show” will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9; at 3 p.m. on July 3; and at 2 p.m. on July 6. The production is rated “R” due to its sexual content. It is recommended for viewers 18 years and older.
“It’s an unpleasant sight,” said Williams, who addressed the issue in her curtain talk ahead of Brighton Beach Memoirs performances. “It’s entertaining, it’s fun, but it’s mean. So don’t come to me if it upsets you.”
The cast of 15 will include a narrator who Williams has called a community celebrity.
“I grew up with the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ as a cult movie,” Williams said. “I was in college when it came out. So to me it seems pretty bland. The live version tries to stay true to the original.”
“The Rocky Horror Show” is a musical with music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien. It tells the story of a newly engaged couple caught in a storm and traveling to a mad transvestite scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, unveiling his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-like monster in the form of a Rocky, a physically perfect, artificially made and fully grown muscle man.
Tickets are $25 or $15 for students with valid ID. Single show tickets, season passes and flex passes are available online at
or at the Chief Theater box office.