ACT Conservatory presents ‘The Rocky Horror Show’

Eddie, played by Robert Stevenson of Quincy, plays the leg of Columbia, played by Maddy Wendell of Hingham, like a guitar during the singing of “Hot Patootie” during rehearsals for “The Rocky Horror Show” that will be put on by the Academy of Company Theatre on Thursday, July 12, and Friday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. [Wicked Local Staff Photo/Robin Chan]

ACT Conservatory presents

“The Rocky Horror Show”

at The Company Theatre

Thursday, July 12 and

Friday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Audiences will be able to do the time warp as The ACT Conservatory presents “The Rocky Horror Show” at The Company Theatre Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.

This is the actual play the 1975 film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is based on and is an all-teenage cast. The show won’t be as raunchy as it often is with an adult cast, but “Dammit, Janet” won’t be changed to “darn it,” just to get an idea what the show will be like.

The cast of “The Rocky Horror Show” surround Frank N. Furter, played by Zein Karam of Plymouth, at the end of the song, “Sweet Transvestite”, during rehearsals at The Company Theatre Thursday, July 5. [Wicked Local Staff Photo/Robin Chan]
The play is about self-discovery and sexual awakening and that can’t be ignored, according to director/choreographer Steve Shannon. What they were able to do, however, is tone down the skimpy costumes and not stage things in an overtly graphic fashion. The goal is to imply the discovery and “not beat the audience over the head” with it, Shannon said.

Columbia, played by Maddy Wendell of Hingham, leads a number while the cast dances around her during a rehearsal of “The Rocky Horror Show” at The Company Theatre on Thursday, July 5. [Wicked Local Staff Photo/Robin Chan]
“I believe this idea came from the teens and they like to do the edgy stuff,” said Shannon. “They did it about 15 years ago here at the theater and some of the considerations we have are budgets, costumes and sets. We were able to draw on costume and set pieces to make it financially feasible.”

With a cast of 24, more than 50 auditioned and many of those who didn’t make the show are participating at the summer camp offered through The Company Theatre.

Riff Raff, played by Janaysia Gethers of Weymouth, Magenta, played by Rose Riley of Weymouth, Janet, played by Alyssa May of Cohasset, Brad Majors, played by Jeff Sewell of Weymouth, Rocky, played by Shane Cunniff of Quincy, and Frank N. Furter, played by Zein Karam of Plymouth, listen from either side during a scene from Act 2 of “The Rocky Horror Show” during rehearsal at The Company Theatre on Thursday, July 5. [Wicked Local Staff Photo/Robin Chan]
While two of the three leads, Zein Karam (Dr. Frank N. Furter), of Plymouth, and Jeffrey Sewell (Brad Majors), of Weymouth, just graduated high school, Alyssa May McGhee (Janet Weiss) just finished her freshman year at Cohasset High School.

Of all the characters in the play, Brad and Janet give in to temptation the most and enter a world they never imagined themselves in. With McGhee at a much younger age than most of the cast, she thought long and hard how to approach the role.

Rocky, played by Shane Curnniff of Quincy, sings during rehearsal for “The Rocky Horror Show” at The Company Theatre on Thursday, July 5. [Wicked Local Staff Photo/Robin Chan]
“It really was a ‘get out of your head’ type of thing,” said McGhee. “This is a world I am entering into and I’m an actress, so I know I can do it. I’ve really had a lot of fun doing it. With actors comes a lot of maturity compared to other kids that we have gone to school with. Being the youngest has been a lot of fun and a learning experience.”

Tickets for the show are $18 for students and $20 for adults.

Magenta, played by Rose Riley of Weymouth, sings a number during rehearsal for “The Rocky Horror Show” at The Company Theatre on Thursday, July 5. [Wicked Local Staff Photo/Robin Chan]
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit companytheatre.com/a-c-t-teen-conservatory-presents-the-rocky-horror-show/.

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By Adam Silva