Horror Show. The play is a sinfully warped salute to sci-fi, gothic, gender-bending and glam rock, all rolled into one.
The Rocky Horror Show will be performed in J Studio of the Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston campus. It will run Dec. 2 and 9, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Dec. 5 and 12 at 3 p.m. Admission is $18 for general admission, $14 for seniors, URI faculty/staff, and $12 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 401.874.5843 beginning Nov. 15 or online at www.uri.edu/theatre. This production contains mature themes and content.
The Rocky Horror Show was first created by writer/actor Richard O’Brien as a stage musical in 1973. The movie version, starring Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss, opened two years later and went on to become one of the most celebrated cult films of all time.
The strange journey of this stage show-turned-cult-classic introduces two wholesome kids, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who run into car trouble and go in search of help down the road. Little do they know this pursuit brings them to where Dr. Frank-N-Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments. The play is a rock musical, a spoof of science fiction movies and seduction with timeless classics including Sweet Transvestite, Damn It, Janet and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp.
No matter the opinion, what the show has always managed to create is a vehicle for self-exploration and acceptance. Leave your critical faculties at the door, come in costumes, bring your props and surrender to the foolish fun of a late-night, double-feature picture show. Fasten your garter belts, come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab!
The show will be directed by Paula McGlasson, chair and associate professor of theatre whose recent directorial credits include 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Beauty and the Beast, and the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Musical direction is by Lila Kane, costumes by Marilyn Salvatore, assistant costume designers URI seniors Joelle Braun and Katie Hand.
Theater sets by URI ’04 Alumnus, Patrick Lynch, lighting design by Christian Wittwer, associate theatre professor, and sound design by Mike Hyde.
Actor, Character, Hometown
Julia Bailey, Phantom, Plaistow, N.H.
Julia Bartoletti, Phantom, Worcester, Mass.
Erick Betancourt, Eddie, Johnston
Andrew Burnap, Dr. Frank-n-Furter, S. Kingstown
Joshua Christensen, Phantom,Warwick
Chelsea Cook, Phantom, Narragansett
Cory Crew, Rocky, Putnam Valley, N.Y.
Jesse Dufault, Brad Majors, Narragansett
Travis Greene, Phantom, North Kingstown
Shannon Hartman, Magenta/Usherette, Coventry
Stephanie Morgan, Janet Weiss, Westfield, Mass.
Vince Petronio, Dr. Scott, Providence
Betsy Rinaldi, Columbia, Coventry
Mia D. Rocchio, Phantom,White River Jct., Vt.
Johnny Sederquist, Riff-Raff/A Handyman, Middleboro, Mass.
Aaron Weininger, Phantom, Middletown
Birk Wozniak, Phantom, North Kingstown
Alan Hawkridge, Narrator, Pawtucket
Dante Sciarra, Narrator, Johnston
Michael Wilkinson, Narrator, Charlestown
URI students (back row from left) Johnny Sederquist of Middleboro, Mass., Stephanie Morgan of Westfield, Mass., and Andrew Burnap of South Kingstown, (front row from left) Betsey Rinaldi and Shannon Hartman both of Coventry, and Jesse Dufault of Narragansett, and star in URI Theatre’s production of The Rocky Horror Show. URI Theatre photo by Randy Osga.