Don’t Miss USC Upstate Faculty, Alums, Students Performing in “The Rocky Horror Show”

July 30, 2015 at 10:05 am

There’s a few more opportunities for you to see USC Upstate faculty, students and alumni as they perform Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” at the Chapman Cultural Center.

When clean-cut Brad and naïve Janet get stranded on the side of the road and seek help from the Frankenstein place, they never imagine that they’re about to have the strangest, most unforgettable night of their lives. By the time this schlock horror, rock musical masterpiece is over, everyone will be begging to do the Time Warp again!

USC Upstate graduate Ryan Barry is a phantom in the show. Barry received his bachelor’s degree in theatre and was involved in more than 20 productions with the USC Upstate Shoestring Players.

Rising senior Garrett Gibson plays Rocky. Gibson is maj0ring in theatre at USC Upstate and was part of the troupe that performed the show “Memigery” in London’s Rose Theatre and at the American College Theatre Festival. The show recently received a commendation from The Kennedy Center.

Brandon Gaunt, who appeared recently in USC Upstate’s VELCRO production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” will perform the role of Brad Major.s

The show is directed by USC Upstate German instructor Jay Kauffman with musical direction under Reed Allison, who works in the Office of Financial Aid. Upstate alumnus Will Luther has worked as a costume designer and production manager of the show. Luther received his bachelor’s degree in communication studies with an emphasis in theatre.


Diehard Rocky Horror fans are encouraged to dress up for the midnight show on July 31, where the lucky winners of a pre-show costume contest will win walk-on roles in the show.  Prop bags, which are a part of the Rocky Horror tradition, will be sold for $5 at the door (with instructions for use!).  For those familiar with the show, callbacks are encouraged – and for newcomers, we’ll be going over the basics in our pre-show.

Tickets for Rocky Horror can be purchased through the Ticket Office at the Chapman Cultural Center, by calling 585-2787 or visiting Please be advised that The Rocky Horror Show is only for audiences 17 and over, as it contains adult themes, language and well, pretty much a little bit of everything else.