Reporting Natalie Nyhus
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — “Let’s do the time warp again!”
High heels, fishnets and … Don Shelby?
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic and, just in time for Halloween, the Twin Cities has its own version. “The Rocky Horror Show” opens at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis Friday evening.
Among the cast is former WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby, for whom this role may not be as outlandish as you’d like to think.
“People who have watched me over the years may not believe this, but I have dressed up like Dr. Frank,” he said. “I have marched into Halloween parties in fishnet stockings and high heels.”
Shelby joins the cast of Rocky Horror for its month-and-a-half run at the Lab Theater.
“I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey,” intones Shelby, as he narrates this quirky cult classic musical that tells the tale of a newlywed couple who end up stranded away from home.
It’s a 360 degree “in the round” experience for the audience.
“Part of the reason I’ve been a fan of the show is that it’s always been such an in your face show,” said Shelby.
Rocky Horror opens this weekend and hasn’t been reviewed yet, but the anchorman has high praise for his co-stars.
“We’ve been in rehearsals eight hours a day, six days a week for almost a month now, and we have 45 days of shows. I still can’t take my eyes of the show. It’s just amazing,” said Shelby. He added, motioning to his pumps, “Would you like me to walk just a little bit for you?”
Tickets run from $46 to $50.
We should note that the show is rated PG-13. They advise that it’s something your grandma may be offended by … unless you have a really cool grandma.