/Erogenous, Electric, and Erotic: A phantasmagoria of fish nets

Erogenous, Electric, and Erotic: A phantasmagoria of fish nets

Photo credit: David P. Kalaf
Photo credit: David P. Kalaf

Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Energetic, electric, and erogenous. The Rocky Horror Show takes over the McMorran Place again, with fishnets and corsets.
The midnight performance became a night to remember with new cast members held their own on stage even as the audience continued yelling.
Not only did the cast entertain, but once again, a crowd of fantastically dressed in Halloween costumes, character costumes and a little lingerie flooded the auditorium enthusiastically.
This is the fourth year I’ve experienced Rocky Horror and I am blown away by the cast and crew for putting on such a fun show.

Angie Stoecklin

The famous audience participation wonder of a profanity-encouraging show returned to McMorran for the sixth year in a row. And I must say it was an absolute joy.
I attended the first Rocky Horror Live show at McMorran in 2009. At the time I knew almost everyone in the play and I also knew that they had extensive theatre backgrounds. Because I did not know what the actors’ talent looked like this year, I was a little skeptical at first about spending $20 on a ticket with my standards set so high. But I must say that I was not disappointed.
The actor’s held their own, even when the audience got exceptionally loud and extra vocal. Yes I know, that’s the point of Rocky, but in comparison to the other year I attended, it seemed like the audience was a bit too comfortable with yelling things. Every second of the show.
I will say that it seemed like the actors were more focused on not breaking character than they were on their singing. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the singing was awful, I just felt that there should have been a bit more time spent on the musical numbers and their perfection. It is a musical after all.
Overall, this year’s Rocky Horror show was well acted, fully embraced by the audience both with outfits and participation, and full of laughter, curse words, and corsets.
Just how Rocky should be.

Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

Long legs, fish nets, and lingerie playfully scampered about the inside of McMorran as I walked in to find my seat. Dressed head to toe in hippie garb made me stick out like a sore thumb, but as a Rocky Horror “virgin,” I didn’t really know how I was supposed to look.
Everything seemed pretty off-the-wall, but my fellow Erie Square Gazette crewmen reminded me that Rocky Horror wasn’t made for the faint of heart.
The first thing they did before the show started was call all the “virgins” up to the stage. I was nervous at first, thinking I would be one of maybe a dozen on stage. Surprise came to me when almost the whole stage was filled with “virgins.” That made me feel better about this being my first show.
I learned how to yell “slut” and “asshole” at Brad and Janet. I tossed insults at the actors, and told the narrator to shut his hole.
When “Time Warp” started playing, I grew nervous at the thought of getting up and dancing at a show I knew nothing about. Then I remembered that everyone is in stockings and has makeup on, so I pulled my knees in tight, and became insane off the pelvic thrust.
Once you stop caring that anyone is watching, it makes the show that much more enjoyable. And while I didn’t understand the entire story due to hecklers, I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Rocky Horror is an over-the-top play that works with the dirty mind of every adult, and gives you plenty of chances to have fun no matter what your preference is. I paid $20 for a seat, and I would have no problem buying up the $30 front row seats in the future.