Expect a few surprises when “The Rocky Horror Show” returns to the stage at the Baton Rouge Theater on October 28th.
“We haven’t changed any of the ‘Rocky Horror’ lore, but we’ve added some things,” said director Colle King.
In the show, a campy musical celebrating Hollywood B-movie horror films, Brad, played by Noah Catalanotto, and Janet, played by Presleigh Stagg, get stuck in a raging storm outside a spooky castle.
Their lives are changed forever when they step through the front door into the world of Frank N Furter, a mad doctor in crossdressing.
Frank N Furter’s butler, Riff Raff, and his sister Magenta take care of the castle business.
For the first time, Riff Raff will be played by an actress, Sarah Hille.
“Growing up my dad was a huge ‘Rocky Horror’ fan and I watched it with him,” Hille said. “Riff Raff has always been my favorite character, and I always thought that if I had the chance to be on this show, I would play him.”
During her audition, Hille mimicked Riff Raff’s stooped gait but didn’t really expect to play the character.
“But then I got a call for the recalls, and they told me I had the part,” she said. “I could not believe it.”
Magenta is played by Nya Skipper, who has never watched “Rocky Horror” before auditioning.
“My friends convinced me to audition,” she said. “They said it would be a lot of fun. I didn’t know what to expect, but, oh my God, I wasn’t expecting it. It pushes me out of my comfort zone, and it’s a lot of fun. . “
The production, filled with bawdy humor, is known for its breathtaking number, “The Time Warp”, which audiences join.
There are also the Columbia tap dancing, performed by Sarah Short, and Rocky, performed by Brendon Landry, the “perfect” man created in a Frankenstein scene by Frank N Furter.
One of the show’s favorite traditions continues with audiences throwing specific items – a new one added this year – towards the stage at designated times. You can purchase the throws at the door of the Studio Theater Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd.
Theater Baton Rouge cautions that “The Rocky Horror Show” has an R rating.
Face masks are mandatory, as well as proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.
The show will run from October 28 to 31, starting at 8 p.m. There will also be shows at midnight on October 29 and 30.
For tickets – $ 35, $ 25 for students – call (225) 924-6496 or visit theatrebr.org.