Media Advisory  / For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Hart House Theatre presents  a
a a delectable, cult-classic musical
The Rocky Horror Show
Toronto, Ontario - Opening on September 27, Hart House Theatre continues to mark its 100th Anniversary Season and presents one of the most iconic, cult-classic musicals of all time. This titillating romp sees the return of Director Jennifer Walls to our stage   and takes full advantage of what Hart House Theatre has to offer:  featuring showcase performances by trained, emergent talent, who are supported by a professional production team and a dedicated, large audience.

About the show: Smack your lips, gird your loins and tighten your corset for The Rocky Horror Show - a delectable, cult-classic musical with unforgettable characters and steamy musical numbers. This salute to B-movies and sci-fi thrillers will tempt you to dance the "Time Warp", seduce you with a "Sweet Transvestite" and leave you howling, "Hot Patootie, Bless My Soul"!

Jennifer Wallks We welcome back Director Jennifer Walls to Hart House Theatre after her mega-hit directing debut with us last season - Heathers: The MusicalA graduate of Sheridan Institute's Musical Theatre Performance program, Jennifer is a Toronto-based performer, producer and voice actor. Jennifer has produced a number of successful productions at the Toronto Fringe including The Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl series and Baker's Dozen, Twelve Angry Puppets in addition to her performance work. She was the long-time host and producer of Singular Sensation, A Musical Theatre Open Mic, Toronto's premier weekly musical theatre event for many years. She is also a curator of the Sunday Cabaret Series at Toronto's 120 Diner, mentoring young and emerging performers helping create and produce Cabaret. Recently, Jennifer was featured on the cover of NOW Magazine for her work at the Toronto Fringe and in the city.

When asked "why this play and what do you think you can bring to it that's new for audiences", Jennifer had this to say:

"I'm excited to bring a new flavour to this production. A flavour that focuses on celebrating our differences, and questions the standards that society places on us. The writing in this show is challenging because, in my opinion, it's outdated and alienating. It is important for me to present a show that our LGBTQ+ community, who is still fighting for visibility on a number of levels, feels seen, heard and respected by...

In this production I am inviting audiences to rethink the definition of the "trans" as "transcendent", rather than "transitional"... to see a story that follows the journey of a being from a planet of transcendent beings. A being who comes to earth in search of the connection they lack - as well as the understanding of human emotion which they also come to learn. In the process, it opens the minds of conservatives Brad and Janet, and challenges them to rethink their ideas of who they are...
"

Joining Jennifer on the professional production team is Music Director Giustin MacLean, Choreographer Stephan Dickson and designers Brandon Kleiman (sets), Kathleen Black (costumes), AndrĂ© du Toit (lights) and Jeremy Hutton (sound). This team will be creating the B-movie playground of The Rocky Horror Show.

Rocky Design
Costume Sketches by Kathleen Black, Set Rendering by Brandon Kleiman

To interview the director or our production team, please call the media contact listed below.
The Rocky Horror Show
By Richard O'Brien
Directed by Jennifer Walls
Music Direction by Giustin MacLean
Choreography by Stephan Dickson
Set Design by Brandon Kleiman
Costume Design by Kathleen Black
Lighting Design by André du Toit
Sound Design by Jeremy Hutton

FEATURING

Chris Tsujiuchi Chris Tsujiuchi as Frank 'N' Furter
Chris makes his debut performance on our stage, but is far from new to stages around the city. A well-known figure in msuical theatre circles, Chris is a graduate of Sheridan College's Musical Theatre - Performance program. He has worked as a music director, accompanist and teacher at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy and George Brown College. Chris has toured extensively with Sharron Matthews, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and can be seen performing in Asian Riffing Trio (aka ART) as well as his 'Chris-terical' series of self-produced cabarets.

Katie Miller Katie Miller as Janet Weiss
We are so pleased to have Katie return to our stage after her memorable performance as Jeanie in last season's production of Hair. Originally from Calgary, AB, she has a BFA in Musical theatre from Webster Conservatory, class of 2016. Katie has performed inn musicals and cabarets around North America. 

William Mackenzie William Mackenzie as Brad
Another alum from Hair joins the cast! Born and raised in Toronto, William grew up on the ice as a competitive goalie. William attended the University of Guelph, completing his B.A. in Theatre Studies. William has since moved into the mediums of film and television, but his first love will always be musical theatre.

Ian Backstrom Ian Backstrom as Riff Raff
We are pleased to introduce Ian Backstrom to our stage. Ian is a singer/actor originally from the west coast, now living in Toronto.  As a classically trained singer, Ian has worked in a variety of live performances from operas to oratorios to musical theatre. Ian has spent much of his time enhancing his musicianship by singing with the fully professional St. James Cathedral Choir, and acting/singing in a variety of other choirs, operas, and operettas. This production will mark Ian's happy return to the musical theatre stage after over two years.

Rachel Hart Rachel Hart as Magenta and Usherette
We are so pleased to have U of T alumna Rachel Hart join us on our stage in a season show. As a student, Rachel appeared on  in student productions and other stages around the city. Rachel is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts, and of The University of Toronto, where she completed a degree in Renaissance Studies, Italian and English.

For full cast biographies, click  here . For more information on the professional production team, visit  here .  

On Stage Sept. 27-Oct. 12, 2019

Week 1: Fri. & Sat., 8 pm
Week 2: Wed. to Sat., 8 pm
Week 3: Wed. to Sat., 8 pm and Sat., 2 pm

Postshow Talkbacks: Sat., Sept. 28 and Thurs., Oct. 3
Preshow Artist Chat: Sat., Oct. 12 at 1 pm

Warning: The show contains mature content, sexual scenes, partial nudity and some violent content
Tickets
Single Ticket Prices
Adults: $28
Seniors: $20
Students: $15
$12 Student tickets every Wednesday night

Contact
416.978.2452
Hart House Main Information Desk
About Hart House Theatre

Established in 1919, Hart House Theatre is the University of Toronto's Performing Arts Leader. Since its inception, the theatre's unique mix of young professionals, alumni and students has garnered the theatre a reputation as a cultural destination for not only the community of U of T, but also the city of Toronto.

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