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MTC stages immersive ‘Rocky Horror’ show

Millennial Theatre Company will stage “The Rocky Horror Show” for five performances at Youngstown’s B&O Station Banquet Hall.

The theater group is putting its own twist on the cult favorite about a clean-cut couple, Brad and Janet, who end up at a mysterious castle after their car breaks down during a rainstorm. There they find Dr. Frank N. Furter, his creepy butler, his latest creation, Rocky, and other exotic characters.

For this production, director and musical director Joe Asente is transforming the former train station into Dr. Frank N. Furter’s castle, and the audience members are guests at one of his lavish parties … until the arrival of Brad and Janet.

According to Asente, “Whenever I repeat a show, I want to be sure that I am only doing it if I can do something new and different that we did not attempt before. For this show, we are literally welcoming guests inside Dr. Frank N Furter’s castle, and the action of the show takes place all around you, rather than on a traditional stage. Combine this immersive aspect with the pre-established prop throwing and audience call-backs, it truly creates an unforgettable theatre experience.”

The cast includes Ty Hanes, Ben Doss, Lynn Ohle, Will DuPuis, Daniel Gordiejew, Rebecca Williams, Sarah Kinser, PK Lankford, Tyler Moliterno, Ryan Stewart, Mark Williams, Alana Carkido, Gina Marafiote, Lauren Engle, Kata Swansiger, Michelle Jalbert, Daniel Chiaberta, Natali Miler and Mia Gagliano. Emma James is the choreographer.

“The Rocky Horror Show” will be staged at 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. and midnight Friday and Saturday at B&O Station, 530 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $20, and are available in advance millennialtheatre.org.

Prop bags for audience members are available for purchase each evening for $10. No outside props will be permitted. Costumes are encouraged, and a costume contest with prizes will be held each night. Masks are required for this production. A cash bar is available before the show and at intermission.

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