|Rush Benson as Rocky with the ensemble (photo by Dan Norman)|
|Celena Vera Morgan, Randy Schmeling,|
and Hope Nordquist (photo by Dan Norman)
Music director Andrew Fleser leads the five-piece onstage band, all dressed up and part of the show. They're on the top of the two-level set, with stairs to climb and poles to slide down. The set and costumes have all the trashy chic glitz of a B movie (set design by An-Lin Dauber, costume design by Rebecca Bernstein).
|Gracie Anderson as Frank-N-Furter with the ensemble|
(photo by Dan Norman)
If you're a fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and everything that goes along with it, you're sure to have great fun at this live production of the cult hit. If not, well, just note that this is different and weirder than most theater experiences. Which can be a good thing.
The Rocky Horror Show continues through November 2 at Park Square Theatre's main stage in downtown St. Paul (for something different, also check out the funny, moving, and very human play Aubergine playing in their downstairs theater).
*Sometimes audience participation goes to far, like when an audience member gets out of their seat, wanders the aisle, and harasses other audience members. Note to Park Square: please have trained ushers or other staff available to deal with such situations quickly and efficiently, as was not my experience on opening night.