Saturday June 2, Long Island's Unconventional Conventionalists returned to the Cinema Arts Centre. The talented acting troupe performed their very popular shadowcast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show to a full crowd of eager fans full of witty call backs and welcomed props to throw. For those "Rocky virgins," (someone who has not been to a theater screening of the RHPS) a shadowcast is when the original film is shown while actors simultaneously perform the scenes in front of the audience. The cult classic film has been shown in this fashion for decades, with audience participation being a staple in it's practice.
Saturday's performance was nothing short of thrilling. The crowd was full of fun, screen shouting fans, and on stage, a very talented group of thespians garbed in fishnets and corsets. Among the many talented performers, a definitely stand out was Janet, played by Mel J. Sage. Post show standing ovation, it was announced that this was to be her final role with the group, as she was going into Rocky-retirement. Sage was part of the group's very beginning, and her talents both on and off stage were acknowledged.
The cast was not the only ones in character, many patrons donned the attire of their RHPS favorites, including a very convincing Columbia and Eddie duo. Few made it through the door without cast members shower them in beads, noisemakers, bubbles and other fun props to encourage participation and guarantee good times.
If you did happen to miss this, you have another opportunity to see it (though it should be mentioned that no two shadowcasts are alike) the Unconventional Conventionalists return to the Cinema Arts Centre July 7th and August 11th. That means you have time to collect props, learn some Rocky lingo, and perhaps muster up the courage to dress up like your favorite character.
*The show contains strong language and sexual references. Not for the kiddies!!!*
For more information on the Cinema Arts Centre visit their website.
For more information on the Unconventional Conventionalists, shadowcast practices and more visit their website.