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Pineapple-Shaped Lamps camp it up with 'Rocky'

October 23, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 23--The Pineapple-Shaped Lamps troupe take their "Rocky Horror" shadow cast to TheatreNOW for a two-night run of midnight shows Oct. 25 and 26.

"A shadow cast is when you perform a movie in front of a movie," said Wesley Brown, PSL's artistic director, co-founder and a performer in the troupe. "You are reacting to every scene, every line, every movement and every detail. If you mess up, you have to keep going because the movie doesn't stop and the movie doesn't mess up."

The troupe is no stranger to the legendary film. PSL formed as a "Rocky Horror" shadow cast group in 2010 and went on to start a weekly sketch comedy show and stage other musicals. Since then, they have taken the shadow cast show on tour to places like Fayetteville and the Florida SuperCon convention in Miami this summer. They've also staged shadow cast performances to such movies as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers."

The troupe's name was even selected from a callback yelled by an audience member during a scene in which some pineapple-shaped lamps are visible. "Callbacks," when audience members yell out clever quips mocking the film, are a trademark activity at screenings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

It's been almost a year since PSL last performed what was a monthly shadow show at the Browncoat Pub and Theatre in downtown Wilmington, having been sidelined in December by a change in the availability of the film rights.

For their comeback performances at TheatreNOW, Brown said PSL will deliver a show that, like most "Rocky Horror" events, "is never the same twice." Troupe members will play different roles each night, and PSL encourages audience members to contribute with their own callbacks. Prop bags containing items for mimicking on the on-stage action can be purchased for $3, or audience members can bring their own. (The troupe asks that food items and water guns be left at home.)

For Brown, "It is the audience's reaction to things that really makes the show," he said. "There is nothing like walking in and hearing everyone screaming 'Rocky' at the top of the show. It's a huge adrenaline rush that comes even before you press play on the movie."

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