THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW – Ray of Light Theatre Begins New Season October 17th

Five-Week Limited Engagement at the Victoria Theatre ends November 15th

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Fasten your garter belt, come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab! THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is time-warping into San Francisco on Friday, October 17th for a five week limited-engagement run. RAY OF LIGHT THEATRE announces the start of their 2008/2009 season with this hilarious, sinfully twisted salute to sci-fi, horror, gender-bending and rock music, all rolled into one madcap musical.

Brad and Janet take refuge in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite mad scientist from outer space who is about to unveil his greatest creation – and have a bit of fun with his reluctant guests. This stage version spawned the now-beloved film, featuring singers and actors, a live rock band, risqué costumes and horrifying effects – brought to life in the historic VICTORIA THEATRE (2961 16th Street at Mission). THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW runs October 17th – November 15th, playing Thursday & Friday nights at 8:00 pm, and 2 shows on Saturday nights at 8:00 & 11:00 pm. Click here to order tickets on-line: RockySF.com.

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HE ROCKY HORROR SHOW – At San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre

MEET THE CAST:
Jef Valentine (Frank ‘N Furter) – Credits include Christina in “Christmas with the Crawfords” at Theatre Rhinoceros/Artfull Circle, Miss Texas in “Pageant” at Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland, “Dirty Little Secret” at the Empire Plush Room, Midnight Mass Players and countless appearances at the legendary Trannyshack. Guiness World Record holder for Longest Distance Tap Dance (9.6 miles).
Jason Hoover (Brad Majors) – A graduate of the University of California at Riverside, Jason has performed in a variety of shows including: “MacBeth” (Macduff), “Into the Woods” (Baker), “Cabaret” (Emcee), “Shakespeare’s R&J” (Student 3) and just finished a six month run in “Insignificant Others” at Pier 39.

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Jef Valentine, Jason Hoover, Rebecca Pingree, Scott Gessford, Sarah Kathleen Farrell

Rebecca Pingree (Janet Weiss) – Bay Area Appearances include Gertrude in Berkeley Playhouse Theatre’s “Seussical”, Hope in Altarena Playhouse’s “Urinetown” and Mistress Ford in SubShakes “The Merry Wives of Windsor”.
Scott Gessford (Rocky) – Bay Area credits include the hit show “Insignificant Others” and “Shopping! The Musical”. Scott earned a BFA in Acting from the University of South Dakota and now happily calls San Francisco home.
Sarah Kathleen Farrell (Columbia) – recently ended a yearlong run as the spunky lead Margaret in “Insignificant Others” at Pier 39, having originated the role for the show’s commercial premiere in 2007. A recent graduate of SFSU, Sarah has performed such roles as Maria in “West Side Story” and Hope Cladwell in “Urinetown”.

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Manny Caneri (Riff Raff) – Rocky Horror marks Manuel’s second appearance with Ray Of Light. He was last seen here as Roger in Grease. He has also worked with Broadway By The Bay, Palo Alto Players, Hillbarn, Bus Barn, Foothill Music Theatre, and Pear Avenue.
Jessica Coker (Magenta) – recently appeared with Ray of Light in “Songs for a New World”, “Bat Boy”, “A Little Bit in Love” and the New Year’s Eve Gala. She has also been seen in “Asphalt Beach” (Deb) with TheatreWorks, “Eight Track”, “Sounds of the Seventies” with TOSPS and “Shawn Ryan, Live at the Herbst” in San Francisco .
Leanne Borghesi (Eddie) – a bay area cabaret, theatre, film, voiceover and performance artist. As SF Faux Queen Ms. ANITA COCKTAIL, this “Big Boned Comedian” has credits coast to coast from non-profit to world premieres. She was Meredith in Ray of Light’s production of “Bat Boy” and Rose in “The Secret Garden”. Other credits include “Accidentally Double Booked”, “Psycho Beach Party”, “Tommy”, “Help Is On The Way For The Holidays at the Herbst, “A Very Merry Disco Christmas” at the Castro, and the World Premiere of UP YOUR A$$.
Amanda Dolan (Usherette) – After spending most of 2008 producing Emo! The Musical with her company, Beards Beards Beards, Amanda is pleased to return to the stage. Previous roles include Miss Pennywise in Urinetown, Nellie in Floyd Collins, and the Ensemble Member in Emo! The Musical.
The dual roles of the “Narrator/Dr. Scott” will be played by Ron Lanza. Appearing as the “Female Phantoms” are Leanne Borghesi, Amanda Dolan, Theresa Ireland, Nicole Gonzales and Alexis Wong. The “Male Phantoms” will be portrayed byCasey Bair, Joey Greenwell, Steven Slatten, Enrique Vallejo and Paul Ziller.

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San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre in the 1920s – kiss today good-bye…

Cate Caplin is directing THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Cate has produced, directed and choreographed over 100 productions. Her work has been seen on television, in films, music videos, commercials and in theatrical venues worldwide, including the Edinburgh Arts Festival, the Paris Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, the White House, NY’s Metropolitan Opera House, the Hollywood Palladium, Shanghai Sports Arena and the Broadway Stage. In addition to being an award winning director, producer and choreographer, Cate is a 34-times regional and international dance champion, a multiple Gold Medalist and a World Champion in Theatrical ShowDance. Cate wrote and directed her first feature film, Mating Dance, which is currently playing in the festival circuit and is scheduled for release later this fall.

Musical Director Ben Prince has performed as a pianist and singer throughout the Bay Area, accompanying numerous local cabaret artists and playing for events, fundraisers, churches, gay choruses and various bands. You can catch him every Friday evening regaling the crowd at Martuni’s with standards and show tunes, and any other music whose lyrics he can remember. He recently served as Musical Director for the wildly popular Debbie Does Dallas The Musical, Bat Boy: The Musical and Songs for a New World in San Francisco. By day, Ben is a criminal defense lawyer.

Click here for song samples from the original cast of the stage version at the Roxy Theatre:
DAMMIT, JANET
SWEET TRANSVESTITE
TIME WARP

The ornate Victoria Theatre, the oldest operating theatre in San Francisco, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year. It was built in 1908 as a vaudeville house, where icons like Mae West performed on its stage. Over the years it became a movie theatre, then a burlesque house, and finally was restored in 1979 to its original glory. This 480-seat theatre is the perfect venue for The Rocky Horror Show: it evokes the gothic beauty of the film and is grand enough for this larger-than life show. In recent years, the Victoria Theatre has hosted the successful rock shows Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Bat Boy: The Musical (which was also produced by Ray of Light Theatre).
Click here for more information: VICTORIA THEATRE

Would you like to be seen by thousands of Rocky fans?Based on the success of their previous productions, RAY OF LIGHT THEATRE is expecting more than 3,000 people to attend ROCKY HORROR SHOW and capture the attention of thousands of loyal devotees and the newly-initiated. Becoming a sponsor will get you noticed, and help support the arts in San Francisco. Click here for more information: SPONSOR

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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