Sophia Kilburg, Tyler Henning, Doug Kutzli, Kelsi Ford, Micah Bernas, Taylor Lynn, Adam Cerny, Bradley Heinrichs, and Abigail Graham in "The Rocky Horror Show" at the Circa '21 Speakeasy -- October 20 through 29

Friday, October 20, through Sunday, October 29

Circa '21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Avenue, Rock Island IL

If Halloween is approaching, it must be time for that annual theatrical command: “Let's do the 'Time Warp' again!” Consequently, the Circa '21 Speakeasy will stage its eighth-annual presentation of the cult-musical smash The Rocky Horror Show from October 20 through 29, treating audiences to live performances of classic songs in this nutty, interactive experience that has been delighting show regulars and virgins alike for more than half a century.

A sardonic tribute to “B”-grade sci-fi and horror films, composer Richard O'Brien's musical finds the newly engaged Brad and Janet arriving at the home of Dr. Frank N. Furter, a sweet transvestite who's ready to unveil his new creation: an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect muscle man who comes complete “with blond hair and a tan.” The original London production of The Rocky Horror Show, which opened in 1973, ran for 2,960 performances and won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical. But the material wasn't nearly as big a hit in the United States until 1975's film version The Rocky Horror Picture Show became a genuine cult phenomenon, with the stage musical subsequently enjoying national and internationally touring productions all over the world. When Rocky Horror last appeared on Broadway in 2000, its cast included Tony nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega and Raúl Esparza, Tony winners Alice Ripley and Jarrod Emick, rock legend Joan Jett, and TV icon Dick Cavett.

Kelsi Ford, Taylor Lynn, Sophia Kilburg, Tyler Henning, and Micah Bernas in "The Rocky Horror Show"

Directing this year's Rocky Horror Show is Circa '21 favorite Tristan Tapscott, whose experiences with the material are voluminous: In addition to also helming the 2021 and 2022 Rocky Horrors, he has previously played roles including Riff Raff and Dr. Frank N. Furter in area presentations, and served as producer/performer for numerous iterations of the musical when it began its annual Quad Cities engagements at the Harrison Hilltop and District Theatres. Tyler Henning and Taylor Lynn portray the gullible young Brad and Janet, with Micah Bernas taking on the iconic role of Frank N. Furter.

Kelsi Ford in "The Rocky Horror Show"

Adam Cerny, for the second year in a row, portrays Rocky while Sophia Kilburg enacts Columbia, and completing the cast are Abigail Graham as Riff Raff; Bradley Heinrichs as Eddie and Dr. Scott; Kelsi Ford as Magenta; and the Speakeasy's annual Rocky Horror Narrator Doug Kutzli. Bobby Becher serves as the show's music director, with Ashley Mills Becher as choreographer, Bradley Robert Jensen as costume designer, Cameron Strandin as lighting designer, and Jeremy Littlejohn as stage manager, Ben Takitch as sound designer and engineer, and Brett Hitchcock as producer.

The Rocky Horror Show will be performed October 20 through 29, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 (ages 18+) and 11 p.m. (ages 21+), and Sundays at 6 p.m. (ages 18+). Admission is $25-30, props bags will be available for sale at the door, and no outside props are allowed. For more information and tickets, call (309)786-7733 extension 2 and visit

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