Pantochino Productions of Milford stages “The Rocky Horror Show”


MILFORD – Close the hatches as Pantochino Productions of Milford launches “The Rocky Horror Show” as a Halloween that runs through Friday.

It is a dark and stormy night, a real storm and an unfortunate moment for a broken down car. Where’s AAA when you need it?

Brad (Jack Saleeby) and his beloved Janet (Elise Sullivan) are mere innocents when they stumble upon a mansion that evokes Halloween nightmares in its wildest and wickedest state. They naively knock on the unwelcoming door, simply looking for a phone for mechanical help.


Unfortunately for the hapless couple, the mansion is the home of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter, a bossy and flamboyant Jimmy Johansmeyer, mad scientist, and transvestite, not necessarily in that order of importance.

The quirky house is already occupied by a host of creative clients, which range from colorful servants Riff Raff (Justin Rugg) and her sister Magenta (Shelley Marsh Poggio), a pretty rainbow-haired flower, Columbia (Mary Mannix) ; a narrator who tries to make sense of what’s going on (Don Poggio), a doctor who has more questions than answers (Steve Autore), ghosts who assist the action (Sherri Alfonso, Maria Berta and Michael Cavone) and the latest creation of The Good Doctor, a muscular man named Rocky (Everton Ricketts).

It’s clearly too late for Brad and Janet to escape the madhouse, so just start praying for their survival. This cult favorite from 1975 is a musical packed with songs and dances, such as “The Time Warp”, “Over at the Frankenstein Place”, “I Can Make You a Man”, “Hot Patootie”, “Science Fiction” and “Superheroes.”

The audience frequently dresses in costumes and shouts dialogue with the performers. Credit for the play goes to Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien, with clever staging by Bert Bernardi and extraordinary costumes by Jimmy Johansmeyer.

For tickets ($ 30), go online at pantochino.com. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave.

Participants are requested to bring a card to show that they are fully immunized and a mask. No food is allowed and there is no intermission.

Don your black leather jackets and fishnet stockings and prepare for the unique form of hospitality that awaits when the asylum playmates invite you to party.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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