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Wofford student theatre group to premiere benefit show

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Pulp Theatre produces ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ to benefit Piedmont Care

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Pulp Theatre, Wofford College’s student theatre group, will be premiering its first-ever show with Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” on Jan. 23. Performances are scheduled for Jan. 23-26 at 8 p.m. as well as a special midnight showing Jan. 26 at 11:59 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Show is a rock and roll musical that premiered in London in 1973. It was later adapted into the hugely successful cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” starring Tim Curry.

Pulp Theatre decided to produce the show to expand the reach of Wofford’s theatre program. “`The Rocky Horror Show’ has a fan base of all ages and all walks of life that we hope will bring in more participation from the Upstate community,” says director Liz Hutchens.

Hutchens, a Wofford junior, is the co-founder of Pulp Theatre, along with junior Lane Eisenburg.  The goal behind the student-led organization is to create all-student theatrical productions.  In The Rocky Horror Show, the entire cast, crew, and production team is comprised of students. Students say they hope Pulp Theatre exists beyond the production of this first show, and continues to provide Wofford students and outlet for artistic expression.

Proceeds from the production will be donated to Piedmont Care Inc. Piedmont Care is a nonprofit organization serving individuals affected by HIV/AIDS and their families in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties; the staff of Piedmont Care also provides sexual health education to these communities.

“We felt that the values of Piedmont Care are consistent with the values of the show,” says producer Michael Vaughn. “Piedmont Care promotes inclusion, equality, and tolerance. So does this show.”

Admission is free to Wofford students. Other local college students can obtain discounted tickets at $5 with student ID. General admission is $10. For more ticket information, call 864-597-4080.

The production of The Rocky Horror Show is part of Wofford’s month long Interim program. For more information on Interim, visit www.wofford.edu/interim.