Thursday, December 8, 2022

Doing the time warp: The Rocky Horror Show closes out Neptune Theatre’s season

The cult-classic musical plays Neptune's Fountain Hall in downtown Halifax through June 26.

It feels like a bit of a time warp for Neptune Theatre’s much-anticipated production of The Rocky Horror Show. Initially scheduled for the summer of 2020, the cult-classic musical finally makes its way to the Fountain Hall stage through June 26.

Rocky Horror, at its core, is about the freedom to allow ourselves, and others, to pursue happiness and connection, and we get to explore this all with a wink, some glitter, and a tongue planted firmly in cheek. – musical director Avery Jean Brennan

“After so many delays, and almost two years of uncertainty, I am delighted to have Rocky Horror happening at Neptune,” says artistic director Jeremy Webb in a media release. “This show is more than just a musical – it’s an experience. You can dress up and come for the party, I think that’s what we need right now.”

An homage and parody of classic science fiction and horror B movies, it is the story of wholesome sweethearts Brad and Janet, whose lives are changed forever when their car breaks down in front of the eerie mansion of the mad scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Made famous by the 1975 film adaptation starring Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf, Brad and Janet get more than help with their car as Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest Frankenstein-style creation.

Rocky Horror, at its core, is about the freedom to allow ourselves, and others, to pursue happiness and connection, and we get to explore this all with a wink, some glitter, and a tongue planted firmly in cheek,” says musical director Avery Jean Brennan. “I believe it’s the reminder we all need at this point in the pandemic to have a laugh, go out and party, but at the heart of it we need to hold each other through these hard times.”

Keeping with tradition, Neptune will offer a pair of midnight (May 27 & June 10) and one late-night (May 22) performance for fans looking for the full interactive dress-up experience. Check the Neptune website for the ground rules for those looking to interact with the show.

The Rocky Horror Show plays Neptune Theatre’s Fountain Hall from May 3 through June 26. Visit neptunetheatre.com for tickets and information.

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