Rocky Horror shadow-cast says goodbye

Body Blow
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 2, 2012

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SHOCK TREATMENT With Harvard Square's longtime Rocky outpost closing, Full Body Cast will have
to find a new home to do the Time Warp again.

Harvard Square's alt-goth scene took a major hit last week when Ryan Noonan, a spokesman for the Harvard Square AMC theater, announced via an e-mail that the cinema would close its doors on July 8. The theater has hosted weekly Saturday-night screenings of Richard O'Brien and Jim Sharman's cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show for 28 years. Each showing is fronted by the Full Body Cast, a shadow-cast of live actors who mimic the on-screen antics of Dr. Frank N. Furter and the rest of the film's campy Transylvanians.

Alex Savitzky, director of the Full Body Cast, hopes to soon find a new home for what he calls his "second family."

"I joined the show back in 1994, met my wife there, and became director in 2000," says Savitzky. "I've met my best friends through this group, gotten almost every job I've ever had through contacts in the cast, and had a blast doing it."

Part of the Harvard AMC's charm was its small size and its single aisle, which allowed the actors to get up close and personal with the audience throughout the show. Those among us who grew up attending the Harvard AMC shadow-cast will miss the cozy feel that the venue provided, and more than that, the cast will miss the home they grew up in.

Denny Ahern, who's been the Full Body Cast's Riff Raff for just shy of 11 years, was shocked by the theater's closing. "I actually ended up taking the day off work because of it. One of the girls on the cast said this was the most heartbreaking thing she's experienced after the death of a loved one that she can think of, and I agree. . . . I think we all feel like Alex will find us a new home, and we will persevere, but until we know where we're going, we all feel a little lost."

When asked about the cast's future, Savitzky said he'd "rather not say which theaters we're looking at, but it's safe to assume all of the smaller independents as well as larger chains are on the table. We feel like we just walked into a showroom full of beautiful cars, and all we have to do is pick one. So that's the positive spin, I guess."

The Full Body Cast will give two performances on their final Saturday/Sunday overnight, at 9:30 pm and 12:30 am. Visit fullbodycast.org.

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