Rocky Horror Show returns

Based on the 1975 British film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rocky Horror is a spoof on the 1950’s sci-fi horror films. The story is narrated by a criminologist (Mario Barboza) who, reading from a leather bound report titled, “The Denton Affair”, tells the tale of newly engaged couple, Brad Majors (played by Dan Porri) and Janet Weiss (Julie Hart), who find themselves lost and with a flat tire on a rainy, late November evening. Seeking a phone with which to call for help, the two knock on the door of a nearby castle and are swept into the bizarre world of Dr. Frank N Furter (Brian D. Fortin).

Rocky Horror is famous for its interactive elements and audience participation. With this in mind, the Warner Theatre Stage Company will have audience participation bags available for purchase before the show that will include: water guns, vinyl gloves, newspapers, finger flashlight, confetti and playing cards. Patrons will not be allowed to bring their own props into the performance.

Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as “Connecticut’s Most Beautiful Theatre.” Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat studio theatre, 200 seat restaurant and micro-brewery and expansive school for the arts, was completed.


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