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‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Offers Spoof on Science Fiction and Horror Movies
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It’ll be a dark and stormy night when Brad, played by Kevin Wade, arrives at the home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
 

STORY BY KAREN BOSSICK

PHOTOS COURTESY THE SPOT

Fasten up your garter belt and come up to the lab to see what’s on the slab!

Could anything be more tantalizing?

 
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Brett Moellenberg plays Riff Raff.
 

Yup, The Spot is bringing back “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with live shadowcast Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24 through 26.

It’s your chance to don a costume and dance the time warp again.

In case, you haven’t taken part in the cult classic, you’ll find The Spot’s actors dressed as characters in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” speaking and singing in unison with Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf as the picture show version flickers on the screen.

But—wait—you the audience get to join in the fun, too. Just come in costume prepared to sing along; prop bags will be included with ticket purchase.

 
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“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” featuring Brett Moellenberg, Alec England and Yanna Lantz, is a musical horror comedy
 

“The audience and their callbacks are what really make the show. Sometimes even we can’t keep it together when someone is being hilarious,” said Director Yanna Lantz. “Rocky is one of the biggest cult classics ever—and for good reason. It’s a reminder to be yourself, not conform, dream big and don’t take yourself too seriously.”

David Janeski, who plays the rival scientist Dr. Everett V. Scott, is particularly partial to the suspense that incurs when a newly engaged couple named Janet and Brad arrive at the mansion of a mad transvestite scientist, not knowing what a strange world they’re about to enter.

There, Dr. Frank-N-Furter is about to unveil his new creation—a Frankenstein-style monster in the form of a physically perfect muscle man named Rocky Horror.

Peter Burke plays Dr. Frank N. Furter, a scientist and alien; Aly Wepplo, the heroine Janet Weiss; Kevin Wade, the hero Brad Majors; Brett Moellenberg, Riff Raff, a handyman; Yanna Lantz, a domestic named Magenta; Kayla Hanson, Columbia, a groupie; David Janeski, a rival scientist; Rachel Aanestad, Eddie, an ex-delivery boy, as well as Dr. Scott’s nephew and Betty, a Transylvanian; Kagen Albright, a Criminologist; Alec England, the creation Rocky Horror, and Samuel Mollner, lighting god.

 
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Alec England stars as a perfect specimen of a man.
 

 “Any time you’re allowed to break the fourth wall and interact with the audience directly is a lot of fun, and this show requires that throughout,” said Alec England. “Seeing the show puts you in a space where rigid societal norms are largely disregarded and replaced with fun, glamour and frivolity. Anyone who has been to a showing has some sort of story to tell, which is always accompanied with a smile. And, while you recognize the larger societal commentary throughout the story, it isn’t presented in a dismal way that would leave the audience feeling ashamed.”

“I think liberation is always going to be enticing,” said Peter Burke. “For how long now have we fought for freedom to be what and who and how we want to be. That’s what the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is all about.’

 

Yanna Lantz was 14 when she first saw “Rocky” in Harvard Square in Boston.

“It was like a ton of bricks hit me in the face. It was unlike anything I’d ever experienced before—everyone was so careful and willing to let their freak flag fly,” she said. “I knew I would return again and again and again and again.”

Part of the intrigue is wrapped up in nostalgia and the feelings of freedom and self-expression that society had mostly repressed when the musical by Richard O’Brien premiered in 1973, said Brett Moellenberg.  “For new audiences, it feels like ‘Rocky’ is a rite of passage—something to cross off the bucket list.”

IF YOU GO:

“ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW”

WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24; 7 AND 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25; 6:30 AND 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The 6:30 show on Saturday is recommended for ages 13 plus. Graphic sexual and violent content will be omitted at that particular performance. Candy and prop bags will be provided.

WHERE: The Spot, 220 Lewis St. No. 2 in Ketchum.

TICKETS: $35 for adults and $20 for those under 21, available at www.spotsunvalley.com.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO HAVE FUN: Wear a costume. BYOB with valid ID. Be ready to dance the time warp. Be ready for anything. Respect the actors and yourself.

 

 

 

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