Brad and Janet will relive their strange journey through Transylvania when Harlem High School Drama brings a cult classic to the stage.
The student production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show - directed by Adrianne Kuss, 16, and Amanda Fletcher, 17 - will hit the high school stage at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
"They have really tried hard to keep things as much as possible the same, but at the same time they have kind of done their own twist on it," said Roy Lewis, the drama director. "It is better."
"We've had to clean this up a lot," she said. "But the hardest part was getting a full cast in here."
After several cast reshuffles and drop-outs, Nicole Hall, 17, is starring as Rocky with Casey Morrison, 15, as Brad and Clair Chavez, 16, as Janet.
The two directors put the toned-down production together amid four other productions with virtually no budget and a skeleton stage crew. Adrianne and Amanda spent months adapting the screenplay, which was too risque for their high school production in its original form.
"It has been an incredible learning journey for the two directors because they had to work around people's schedules, my schedule, conflict here and conflicts there," said Lewis, who has only seen bits and pieces of the production.
Adrianne doesn't mind paying asking actors to pay for costumes and using duct tape, Velcro and safety pins to help keep everything together with no budget.
The play, which students begged to perform, was put together as a fund-raiser for the troupe going to Scotland in August to perform Babes in Arms at the world largest drama festival - the 2004 Fringe Festival - in Ediburgh, Scotland.
"This whole thing came out of the goodness of their hearts," Lewis said. "They said they wanted to do a fund-raiser for Scotland."
The troupe needs to raise $120,000 to send 22 members to the festival and already have raised $61,000, Lewis said.
Tickets for the Rocky Horror Picture Show cost $5 and are available at the door of the Harlem High School theater.
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