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URI Theater ends season with cult classic ‘The Rocky Horror Show’

KINGSTON, RI – April 14, 2022 – The University of Rhode Island Theater Department is “time warping” again, for “The Rocky Horror Show” by Dr. Returning to the frightening castle of Frank-N-Furter. Richard O’Brien’s gender-bending spoof of horror and science fiction B-movies opens up Thursday, April 21At the Robert E. Will Theatre.

Your 50. Closeth anniversary, “Rocky Horror” has reached cult classic status as both a play and a film, which explores themes of sexuality and self-exploration to a rock-n-roll beat. “The Rocky Horror Show” premiered on stage at the Royal Court Theater in London in 1973 and jumped into movie houses two years later with the release of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, in which Tim Curry played Frank-n-Furter, Starred as Susan Sarandon. as Janet Weiss, and Meatloaf as Eddie. Thanks to midnight screenings—where audience members, or “shadow casts,” would yell back at the screen or act out scenes—the film has become one of the highest-grossing musicals of all time.

URI Theater ends season with cult classic 'The Rocky Horror Show'
Brad and Janet, played by Aidan Costa and Olivia Humullock, look for a place to come from the rain.

Like any good horror spoof, the play opens on a dark and stormy night. Young innocents Brad Majors and Janet Weiss visit a former science tutor when their car finds a flat tire on a deserted road. Looking for help, they arrive at the palace of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who is hosting a party to unveil his evil Frankenstein-like creation.

Director Erin Haas, who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Directing from URI in 2021, said, “‘Rocky Horror’ is unique and special because of its openness.” Yourself doesn’t matter’ message. ‘Don’t Dream It, Be It’ is the main theme of the show.

“It’s always attracted people who might feel a little left out,” she said. “When the movie got midnight movie status, all those people who felt like they couldn’t get dressed in the middle of the day could go out in the middle of the night and no one would judge them. Look at the generations that keep finding music, and especially this generation that is so sweet and open about who they are. It speaks to them.”

The play is the first URI main musical since 1998 to be directed by none other than Professor Paula McGlasson, who has served as choreographer or director on every URI musical since joining URI in 1985. . He directed URI’s last production “Rocky Horror”. Many years ago.

“I had great memories directing ‘Rocky Horror’ in 2010 [recent Tony Award winner] Andrew Burnap in the lead role so I declined to direct it a second time,” McGlasson said. “‘Rocky’ is one of Erin’s favorite musicals, so she was an excellent choice for director this year.”

Haas has worked on several productions of the play, including performing in “Shadow Casts” at several screenings. He also suggested staging “Rocky Horror” to close the theater department’s season after the original choice, “The Wizard of Oz”.

Just a year away from URI as a student, Haas says his connections with the actors have helped with the production. “It definitely helps that I know a lot of them. In auditions, it was good to know their background because the actors saw some of their work in the classes,” she said. “Since I was an older student URI came in, I have a mom aesthetic with them. I am old enough to be his mother.”

“Erin is the best,” said Ben Pereira ’23, who worked with Haas last spring when he worked on URI’s production of “Miss Nelson Is Missing!” “I think that’s something that’s so important to the process, the director loves the show and it’s clear that Erin sees this as a dream project.”

Pereira, a theater and public relations chief Danbury, Connecticut, the face of “Rocky Horror”, is doing a great job playing the Frank-N-Furter. Starring in heels and a corset, Pereira is taking on the challenge of making Frank more of a “narcissistic, mad scientist.”

“Despite being this over-the-top character, he has so many genuine and human qualities and purpose,” he said. “I think that’s why so many people have attached themselves to Frank and this show.”

Olivia Humullock ’23, Ka Narragansett, wanted to be in “Rocky Horror” because she felt the role of Janet, who goes from a fearful young woman to embracing her power and sexuality, would push her out of her comfort zone and make her an actor. will help it to develop. Her love for music, especially Janet’s songs, such as “Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me,” was another reason.

“Plus, it’s ‘Rocky Horror,'” she said. “It’s an iconic, out-of-this-world show that’s hilarious and embraces who you are as a person. Despite its craziness, the messages are very important to me.”

Audience members can look forward to a set designed by Jake Richards-Hegnauer, which combines elements of the 2010 set that pays homage to an earlier production and has a similar homemade aesthetic to B-movie film legend Ed Wood. . The musical, which includes such classics as “Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite,” and “Demon It, Janet,” is directed by Emily Turtle ’19, and the choreography is by longtime URI up-and-coming artist Dante Cyra.

“Rocky Horror’ is a mix of so many musical genres, which is why the show is so appealing to such a wide variety of audiences,” said Turtle, who won the Best Music Direction award from Motif magazine for his work. Was. “Rocky Horror” at OUT LOUD Theater in 2019. “Rock-n-roll has traditional storytelling theater moments and ballads. Because it isn’t tied to one genre of music, it keeps audience members on their toes.”

“Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s as a kid, I was a fan of horror movies and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that ‘Rocky Horror’ wasn’t a horror movie. It was really cool, funny and funny. Fantastic film music,” Saira said. “Audiences can expect a great night of fun, frivolity, surprise and entertainment.”

While props will not be provided, audience members are encouraged to call back on stage during the show, Haas said. “Hopefully, we’ll have audience members who are in it. I’m sure we will. There’s a lot of them. This show brings people out of the woodwork.”

“The Rocky Horror Show” Runs April 21-23 and April 28-30 at 7:30 pm and April 24 and May 1 at 2 pm at the Will Theater at the Center for Fine Arts, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston Campus. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors and URI students, faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the URI Theater Box Office at the Fine Arts Center, or by calling (401) 874-5843. For more information on tickets and the university’s COVID-19 policy, visit the ticket website.

Cast of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’:

character, actor, hometown

Riff Raff, Carlei Boyle, Hillsdale, New Jersey

Rocky, Justin Noah, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Phantom, Daniel Coffey, Rockaway, New Jersey

Brad Majors, Aidan Costa, Middletown, Rhode Island

The Phantom, Courtney Cummings, Wilmington, Massachusetts

Magenta, Paige D’Orio, Haverhill, Massachusetts

Janet Weiss, Olivia Humullock, Narragansett, Rhode Island

The Phantom, Jenna Muldoon, Staten Island, New York

Trixie, Riley Neder, Attleboro, Massachusetts

The Phantom, Henry O’Brien, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Phantom, Christian Owen, Eastport, New York;

Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Ben Pereira, Danbury, Connecticut

Narrator, Justin Peters, West Orange, New Jersey

Phantom, Zoe Pepin, Maynard, Massachusetts

Eddie/Dr. Scott, Liam Roberts, Warwick, Rhode Island

Columbia, Courtney Satterly, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Phantom, Lauren Todd, Carver, Massachusetts

phantom, naomi tyler, warwick, rhode island

The Phantom, Jenna Wentworth, Tuxbury, Massachusetts

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