BY BTL STAFF
The Detroit Actors Theatre Company will present three free showings of the cult classic
“Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The DATC is proud to partner with Friends of the Alger for this project. The movie will be shown on Oct. 27-28, and Oct. 30 on Detroit’s east side 1021 Manistique Street (formerly the St. Columbia church building). The DATC will be keeping with their annual tradition and present their famous shadow cast alongside the movie. A shadow cast mimics the actions of the actors on screen and encourages audience participation, bringing a new dimension to the experience. In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker, a sexy house maid, her show stopping friend, a creepy butler, and a slew of dancing. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” This is the DATC’s fourth year presenting “Rocky Horror Picture Show” in this fashion. Past performances have been seen in Ferndale at the Social Hall Theatre, Detroit’s Campus Martius Park, and Olympus Theatre. Returning cast members include Michael Johns (Frank-N-Furter), Michael Cadotte (Criminologist), Jonathan Fitzgerald (Brad), Deanna Wesley (Janet) Kaitlin Fazio (Columbia), and new comers Shanon Grant (Magenta), and Mike Suchyta (Rocky). Friends of the Alger Theater (the Friends) are a volunteer driven, non-profit community-based organization comprised of neighborhood residents and businesses founded in 1983. The organization was formed to address the decay and deterioration encroaching the neighborhood and to respond to the historic significance of the Alger Theater located at 16451 E. Warren Avenue on Detroit’s far east side. The DATC and Friends of the Alger are partnering to bring awareness and eventual live programming to Detroit’s famed Alger Theatre. “Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be presented with its theatrical shadow cast on Oct. 27-28 and Oct. 30. All showings, which vary, are free and open to the public. Participation bags are available for $5. Seating is limited. Audience members are encouraged to line up one hour prior to show to secure entry into the show. Doors will open 30 minutes before each showing.