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Georgia mayor bans Rocky Horror Picture Show stage production

By Kim I. Hartman     Sep 21, 2011 in Entertainment
Carrollton - A Georgia mayor has banned a local stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show after viewing a videotape of a rehearsal that he found unsuitable for the Carroll County Community Theatre.
Mayor Wayne Garner made the decision to shut down the British horror comedy musical after viewing the video, which was brought to his attention by the city manager when it was posted online on a cast member's Facebook page.
Director Michelle Rougier, told 11Alive, "It was too risque for them, but it's 'The Rocky Horror Show,' what was the city expecting. You would imagine they knew, since they were the ones who signed all the contracts and got everything together and did all the advertising, that they knew what Rocky Horror was all about. [The play] is a farce. It's making fun of all of the 1950s science fiction shows. It should not be taken seriously."
The adult-oriented performance, scheduled to premiere Oct. 27, and funded by taxpayer's dollars, was listed as cancelled on the city's Cultural Arts Events web-page today.
Mayor Garner told 11Alive "that he was not expecting an R-rated show on a city-owned stage. I found [the video he saw of the rehearsal] very offensive and not in keeping with the community of Carrollton, if you will. I know this community well. If that play was allowed to proceed... we'd be run out of town."
Rougier told the Times-Georgian, "the show would go on," with or without the City of Carrollton's support. It will just be at a different venue, on a different date. The production company is raising donations online that will be matched by a producer, to stage the notoriously naughty musical at another venue. A new facility has not yet been secured by the organizers.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie poster.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie poster.
20th Century Fox
An 'I Support The Rocky Horror Picture Show' Facebook community was created last week, and currently has over 3000 supporters who have 'liked' the page. Events promoted on the site's wall include a demonstration scheduled for Wednesday at the Carrollton City Hall to show their support for the stage production.
Supporters of the Rocky Horror Show have expressed their displeasure with Garner for cancelling the show. Hundreds have stated Mayor Garner's censorship of the Arts went too far, a few have suggested Garner needed to loosen up, and maybe even learn the 'TimeWarp'.
Garner has brought Carrollton in line with countries such as Singapore and South Africa, where The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been banned. The musical opened in London in 1973 at the Theatre Upstairs. It was released as a movie in 1975, gaining a cult following that continues today.
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