Thursday, December 2, 2021

Rocky Horror at the Strand

Mia Morgillo

It is officially spooky season, and the City of Plattsburgh is filled with festive activities for all to enjoy this Halloweekend. The cult classic “Rocky Horror” will be live Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 31 at midnight. Filled with boisterous energy, sexual innuendos and creatures of the night, the production is sure to be a night of laughs and thrills for any enthusiastic audience participant. 

Adirondack Regional Theatre will be directing and producing “Rocky Horror” at The Strand Center. The show includes local talent from community members, Plattsburgh alumni, and current students, with 2014 graduate Matthew Tetreault as the director. He describes the show as “needed, open and exciting,” and tells people to expect to see things they wouldn’t expect to see. 

While COVID-19 inhibited the production from recurring in 2020, the cast is thrilled to put on a show just as wild as the company’s first at the Strand in 2019. 

“The idea of Rocky Horror is for people to come out and have fun,” Producer Tom Lavin said. 

Lavin emphasized this is the live show of Rocky Horror and not the Rocky Horror Picture Show. He stressed to “bring the costume and leave the props at home,” as the Picture Show often involves throwing rice, toast and even hotdogs. 

“It is not just a musical, it is a cult classic,” Lavin said. 

Angel Martinez, a SUNY Plattsburgh senior theater major, is Dr. Frank N Furter in the show. When he heard that Rocky Horror was going to be produced at the Strand, he instantly thought “Frank N. Furter, but with a budget.” Martinez was one of many in the show who was in SUNY Plattsburgh’s production of “Rocky Horror” in 2016, growing from a phantom in the cast to the star of the show. 

Sarah Cohen, a music and vocal performance graduate from SUNY Plattsburgh, was in the 2016 SUNY production, the 2019 Adirondack Regional Theatre production and is back again as Columbia this year. Cohen carries the same electric energy as the rest of the cast, and advised audience members to “expect to have the best time.” 

“This is definitely not a G-rated show at all. It is a risqué night out,” Cohen said. Eager for the performance, Cohen believes “it is all about dressing up, having fun and being hot.”

Adirondack Regional Theatre is an acting company which performs out of many different theaters in the area. They will return this December to put on “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Strand Center for another round of theatrical holiday enjoyment. 

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