By Jeppe Damberg,
December 12th, 2017
[aesop_content color=”#000000″ background=”#ffffff” component_width=”600px” columns=”1″ position=”none” imgrepeat=”no-repeat” disable_bgshading=”off” floaterposition=”left” floaterdirection=”up” revealfx=”off” overlay_revealfx=”off”]Last year’s musical, Lucky Stiff, made quite an impression on me. My previous school had no musicals and the level of acting and passion by students here simply baffled and surprised me. I therefore had high expectations when I sat myself down in the atrium this Tuesday for the first show of this year’s musical. To respect the work of the artists, I will refrain from commenting on the actual details of the show, but I will explain why I have much appreciation for this year’s musical.
On my seat, I found instructions and a glow stick. It was quite clear that this year’s musical would not accept a passive audience. This was perhaps to be expected with the choice of the Science Fiction, Double Feature, but as a European I was unfamiliar with the American cult show. It did make it all the more satisfactory when the curtains went up and a show of phenomenal acting and impressive singing was pulled off with remarkable confidence.
As the plot unfolded it became clear to me that this musical was no safe bet. Half-naked actors and erotic dances meant a risk for angering some parents, but gripped the attention of students from beginning till the very end. But the bareness should not have all the credit for an entertaining show. The comedic aspect essential to the Rocky Horror Show was delivered brilliantly by the top performances from all of the actors. I found myself laughing genuinely at the play and especially entertained when asked to dance with the actors. A day after the show the lines “It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right” still sound in my head.
I believe the Rocky Horror Show was a bold choice by the directors of the musical, but it was just all the more rewarding when the show was masterly executed by a brilliantly performing team. Today is the second day of the show, and I encourage the parts of our community who have yet to see the musical to do so tonight. You will not waste your time.
For more information about the musical see here.
Jeppe Damberg was a student at United World College Maastricht 2016-2018. He founded the Flying Dutchman in 2017.