Kirk Fletcher has played a few roles made famous by iconic English actor Tim Curry.
Wadsworth in Clue. Rooster in Annie.
And now he stars as Dr. Frank N. Furter in the Columbia Basin College Summer Showcase production of The Rocky Horror Show, which opens July 29 in Pasco.
Curry brought to life the “sweet transvestite” scientist from outer space in the stage musical, and later in the cult classic film adaptation.
Frank N. Furter is “probably one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever played, because of the amount of energy it takes,” Fletcher said.
It’s also a lot of fun — requiring singing, dancing and some serious and fearless bravado.
Rocky Horror runs July 29 to Aug. 1 and Aug 5-8. Show time is 7:30 p.m., with an additional midnight show Aug. 1.
The Rocky Horror Show follows newly-engaged couple Brad and Janet, who get a flat tire and seek help at Frank N. Furter’s castle.
All sorts of craziness ensues.
The stage show premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1973.
It debuted on Broadway in 1975 and was adapted into the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show that same year.
Along with Fletcher, the local cast includes Nick Trowbridge as Brad, Diana Milton as Janet, Chris Garcia as Frank N. Furter’s creation Rocky Horror, Travis Franks as Riff Raff, Jennifer Reed as Magenta, Jen Schuster as Columbia, Robert Chisholm as Dr. Scott, Andrew Pogue as Eddie and Justin Staley as the narrator.
Others in the cast are Bruce Barrett, Severn Bevel, Marlie Buriak, Antonio Burnett, Emily Carlson, Josh Fox, Dylan Hartwig, Greg Levy, Caleb Lyon, Gabriela Morris and Christy Valle.
Ginny Quinley is the director. The show is choreographed by Marlie Buriak and John Tuttle, with Justin Raffa providing vocal direction and Phil Simpson providing instrumental direction.
Jim Wutzke designed the set and Verna Schwilke designed the costumes.
A warning: Rocky Horror isn’t a family show. Rated NC-17 for semi-nudity, sexual situations and language, “it’s risky and risqué,” Quinley said.
But that’s part of the experience. “People need to come prepared. As long as they come knowing (what’s in store) and they’re prepared for a good time, they’re guaranteed to have one,” Quinley said.
The production as at the CBC Theatre in the P Building on the Pasco campus.
Tickets cost $17 for general admission and $15 for seniors. They’re available at www.columbiabasin.tix.com, through the CBC performing arts office at 509-542-5531 or at Adventures Underground, 1391 George Washington Way, Richland.