“The Rocky Horror Show” time warps back to PM&L
NEWS-SUN STAFF REPORT October 5, 2011 5:02PM
Jim Behr (from left), Randi Beyer, Edward Lupella, Brandon Ghislain and Amy-Louise Seyller star in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at PM&L Theatre in Antioch.
Updated: December 5, 2011 1:17AM
ANTIOCH — Back by popular demand, Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” is PM&L Theatre’s bonus production in time for the Halloween season.
Performances are on Oct. 7, 8, 14 and 15, with two performances per night at 8 and 11 p.m. at the See the stage musical that spawned the cult-classic movie in the intimate, 163-seat theater at 877 N. Main St., home to the PM&L acting troupe for over 50 years.
Before the 1975 movie became a cult phenomenon, there was Richard O’Brien’s original 1973 musical, “The Rocky Horror Show”. While PM&L’s production of the show includes all the songs that the movie’s followers have come to love, like “Sweet Transvestite”, “Science Fiction Double-Feature” and of course, “The Time Warp”, fans of the film should be aware that the stage musical script contains differences from the movie script. The audience participation lines and props one might use with the movie sometimes do not apply. For example, no dinner scene and therefore no toast.
Directed by Donna Abear, the cast includes performers from both Wisconsin and Illinois. From southeastern Wisconsin: Brandon Ghislain (Frank), Edward Lupella (Brad), Amy-Louise Seyller (Magenta), Ken Scheske (Dr. Scott) and Cat Zimmerman and Rob Vaccarella (Phantoms).
From Lake County, Jim Behr (Riff Raff), Randi Beyer (Janet), Wes Jones (Rocky), Zack Simonini (Eddie), Philip Jaeger (Criminologist), Megan McGrath (Usherette) and Gary Luz, Jennifer Peterson, Emmy Yates and Kellie Smouse.
Alexa Hojnacki (Columbia) is from Cook County, and Christen-Dominguez Schacht (Phantom) hails from McHenry.
Audience members are encouraged to arrive dressed up as their favorite “Rocky Horror” characters and do the “Time Warp” with the cast. However, outside objects are not alloed into the theater in order to preserve safety and cleanliness.
Instead, “audience participation bags” can be purchased for $5 in the lobby prior to the show to enjoy the fun.
Tickets are $16; $13 for students and seniors. Due to the adult nature of this show, it is not recommended for children/teens under 16.
Purchase tickets in person at the box office or by phone at (847) 395-3055 on Mondays through Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. am till noon; or one and a half hours before the first evening show, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Visit pmltheatre.com for more details and to read the “Rocky Virgin Instruction Guide” for those of you who are experiencing the fun of this live show for the first time.