Those who know me around campus are aware that I’m a blunt and honest person with a plethora of strong, and sometimes, unpopular opinions. So, I will stay true to my nature and be honest with you all but please, bear with me. I expected very little from this performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Through my experience as a student here at SUNY Dutchess so far, I’ve been entirely underwhelmed and disappointed to say the very least. From the low quality, overly expensive food to the lack of exciting events for us who are residents in Conklin Hall and all the many issues in between, I could honestly go on for hours about why I find this college to be a subpar college experience but for the sake of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the point is that I expected to be underwhelmed. Though much to my surprise and to my enjoyment even weeks after the show, my expectations were torn asunder. Let me tell you why.
Setting the tone for the absurdity of show, they began by having us endure the uncomfortably hilarious “Virgin Games.” Having the Virgins selected prior to the start of the show (anyone who was seeing the show for the first time would have a large V drawn on their face), the games started by having all cast members select two virgin members of the audience to participate in provocative games such as “Suck and Blow,” where players had to pass cards from one end of the row to the other by creating a suction with their lips to pass it from mouth to mouth. The last game was a bit simpler but could prove difficult for those who were not, well, experienced with this sort of thing. It was a test to see who could deep throat a banana. While some suffered through it, others succeeded with great ease. Hats off to the special men in their life. How fortunate for them.
The crude humor of the Virgin Games left everyone in high spirits and the Rocky Horror Picture Show began. Which brings into focus what I’m most excited to write about: the talented DCC cast. From the enticing performance of Trixie or “the lips” by Emily Scirbona in the show’s opening number “Science Fiction, Double Feature,” to Kathryn Krull’s marvelous portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the cast clearly brought their all as they didn’t just keep the attention of the entire room but kept the entire audience singing along to the songs and enthusiastically shouting profanities towards the stage. There was never a dull moment. Speaking of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, through all her facial expressions and how she interacted with the audience and the other cast members, Kathryn Krull’s portrayal of him was, in my opinion, the most believable out of them all. Her ability to play the character was spot on and was definitely a performance that left me satisfied and impressed. The supporting cast is worth a mention as well. Especially Natasha Gelman, the Head Tranny, who at various points during the show would shout from the audience hilarious commentary such as “Waiter, waiter there’s a fag in my soup!” and many others that had me hunched over, grabbing my side because I was laughing so hard. In fact, I was laughing at her humorous comments even weeks after the show. It was a delight.
I must thank Alexa Weinberg and Erin McGovern, President and VP of the Falcon Free Press respectively, for asking me to write this piece because what would’ve been a usual night of boredom and pure indifference morphed into a night full of excitement and delightfully absurd humor, all in the good company of the talented DCC students involved in the show who reminded me why I began studying here in the first place. Also, a big thanks to the Apoca-lips Cast for bringing the show to DCC and the Co-Directors, Amanda Renee Fuller and Michael Fellerman, for clearly doing such a great job. Thank you all for making my night as well as the night for everyone in the audience. You were all wonderful.