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Millbrook’s ‘Rocky Horror’ online tonight

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MILL HALL — One of Millbrook’s most popular “summer stock in the fall” spooky shows returns once more — although in a completely different format.

As a pre-Halloween treat, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has a 7 p.m. virtual “reunion” tonight.

It was just a year ago that the wild, colorful characters, based upon the 1976 musical horror comedy, again played to large, appreciative (and sometimes rowdy) audiences at Mill Hall’s old barn theatre over a late October weekend.

But since the COVID 19 virus has shut down Central Pennsylvania’s professional summer theatre, Producing Artistic Director David Leidholdt has turned to a virtual format.

“There’s still loads of fun, frolics and frivolity,” said Leidholdt.

Millbrook lost its entire 2020 summer lineup due to the pandemic, and since the hilarious cult classic can’t be staged in-person, Leidhold’s virtual presentation is one way to keep Millbrook Playhouse still foremost in many theatregoers’ eyes.

In the rip-roaring musical, a squeaky clean couple seeks refuge in a creepy castle after their car breaks down, only to meet the mad, charismatic Dr. Frank N. Furter.” But Leidholdt says “the show is far funnier than it is scary.”

“We would like to take you on a strange (virtual) journey with the 2019 cast .. for a virtual reunion fundraiser,” Leidholdt adds. “This will ‘thrill, chill and fulfill all your Rocky Horror fantasies.’ “

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not, however, Millbrook’s first venture into virtual viewing since the pandemic struck.

One of the most popular farces, Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” returned as virtual fundraiser for three performances in June, 2020.

So although this virtual reunion of the 2010 cast of “Rocky Horror” is not a totally unique staging, Millbrook’s board of directors and artistic director hope that the Central Pennsylvania audiences will check out this pre-Halloween entertainment.

Hoping to add to the appeal, Millbrook will give prizes for winners of a Rocky Horror trivia. And for the very creative participants, there will also be Dr. Frank N. Furtner impersonations.

Although this virtual reunion is not meant to be a major fundraiser, Leidholdt emphasizes that all donations will help cover the licensing rights and “support Millbrook during these challenging times.”

Leidholdt encourages everyone to “follow the light to Millbrook’s Facebook page on Oct. 29, starting at 7 p.m. to ‘spill the tea’ with the cast, win prizes, sing-along with the company and play rocky-themed trivia and drinking games.”

Millbrook Playhouse can be contacted at 570-748-8083 or info@millbrookplayhouse.org.

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