Opera at the Movie Theater, ROCKY HORROR Live on Stage

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 26, 2012

The Sydney Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata came to me on Sunday afternoon. Sunday morning, I had gone to Madison Street United Methodist Church to hear Pastor Cliff Wright speak, in doing so fulfilling an obligation and keeping my word to my bespectacled and braced gentleman with the beautiful and gracious wife. I wasn’t disappointed with the service, the message, nor the messenger, and I took the spirit of it with me to the opera.

Sitting with a bucket of popcorn in my lap and a big gulp to my side, I felt as if the production was being given for my sole pleasure and amusement, sort of like Ludwig II watching a full production of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung. There I was, all by myself, watching scores of singers, dancers and supernumeraries jumping joyfully through opera hoops.

I’m certain more folks would attend if they only knew about it. To that end, let me give you a heads-up about the “Live from the Met” telecasts at The Great Escape Theater:

• Verdi’s Otello (tomorrow at 11:55am)
• Thomas Adès’s The Tempest (November 10)
• Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (December 1)
• Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (December 8)
• Verdi’s Aida (December 15)

Those should fill up your calendar with opera dates (alongside Roxy dates) through the holidays.

We have a great relationship with Edward’s Steakhouse for a dinner and theatre combo nearly every Saturday night. As a pre-Halloween treat, we have a double header of The Rocky Horror Show on Saturday, October 27, at 8pm and again at midnight. Of course, there’s the regular dinner and show option at 6pm, but after the 8pm performance and as a pre-midnight show offering, Edward’s will be serving up cocktails and appetizers for a special Roxy price.

And, of course, we have two Christmas specials. F&M Bank has proffered their Franklin Room on Wednesday and Thursday, December 12 and 13, at 5pm, for dinner above the Cumberland, carols and Santa, followed by a 7pm showing of A Christmas Carol at the Roxy. Catered by The Bound’ry, the evening’s menu features cajun-spiced turkey, pear and walnut salad, garlic whipped potatoes, seasonal vegetables, fresh-baked bread and chef’s choice dessert, while the children’s menu includes chicken tenders and mac & cheese. Tickets, which are $50 (adults) and $30 (ages 13 and under), are now available at the box office.

The Rocky Horror Show isn’t for everybody, but those who know what they are in for will not be disappointed. Frank N. Furter, played by Matt Varelia, is a caution and completely over-the-top in corset and heels, and so is Rocky, played by gold bikini-clad Matt Casey. It’s naughty fun, and for those who enjoyed Cabaret and had fun seeing our production of Chicago, this naughty musical comedy is right up your funny bone’s slightly naughty alley. The Rocky Horror Show continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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