RKO Army Shadowcast Performances

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Shock Treatment

 (94 minutes) Following on from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", this musical spinoff is set several years later in Brad and Janet Majors' hometown - which has become a giant TV station and residents are either participants or viewers. They are married now, but their romance has fallen on the rocks. Ostensibly to fix their marriage, Brad is imprisoned on the program "Dentonvale" (the local mental hospital) while Janet is conscripted to become a new star. As Janet is entranced by the high life, she forgets Brad. Who is trying to woo her away?

The Room

(99 minutes) Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily his townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. Either you you want to be Johnny or you want to be with Johnny. All is well and the future is bright. One day, inexplicably, Lisa gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again. How could this ever come to be? How could any woman not be happy with a future with Johnny? How could those who love ever want to ruin should a good man? Come see the movie production that has so many coming back over and over.

The Devil's Carnival

(56 min) - Three individuals, John, Ms. Merrywood, and Tamara find themselves lost in hell. Though the manner of their passing gives brief insight to their transgressions, it isn't until they reach The Devil's Carnival in Hell, run by Lucifer himself, where they are forced to relive the sins of their past once more, are their histories truly revealed. John is an obsessive father who seemingly lost his son, and continues to search for him in Satan's macabre, maze-like funland. Ms. Merrywood's sin is greed; her life and death were both spent attempting to acquire as many fine and expensive things as she could. Tamara, possibly the most piteous of the three, seems only to have being too gullible on her list of wrongdoings. Once they breach the Carnival gates, Lucifer and his hellish, but colorful band of Carnies put on an unforgettable show for all three damned souls.

Firefly: Out of Gas

(44 min) - When Serenity's life support system fails, Mal orders the crew off the ship - but he stays behind. This is the episode that lays the groundwork for how the crew came to be. The story is told in multiple time frames shifting from Mal's time alone on the ship to the events prior to the crew's departure. Flashbacks to Mal's initial meetings with many of his crew members, including why the old Firefly-class ship was chosen, Zoe and Wash's first meeting, how Inara charmed her way into letting Mal rent out one of the Serenity's shuttles for herself, how Mal met the mechanic/engineer Kaylee, and how Jayne came to join the crew.

REPO! The Genetic Opera

(98 min) - In 2056, an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants. Miss your payments, however, and you will be visited by a Repo Man. GeneCo is run by Rotti Largo, a tortured man facing impending doom fighting to save his legacy while receiving no help from his 3 offspring Luigi, Pavi, and Amber. He turns to Shilo, a sheltered young girl dependent on drugs to stay alive and daughter of his arch rival in previous love, Nathan. Nathan is an equally tortured soul with a duel identity, doting father and murderous Repo Man. All will be settled at the opera!

Firefly: Jaynestown

(44 min) - Returning to a moon where he ran into some serious trouble years ago, Jayne discovers that he's become the local folk legend of a colony of mudders, the "Hero of Canton", with his own statue Meanwhile, Mal decides to use this distraction to try to complete a smuggling job, the local magistrate tries to gain revenge on Jayne, Kaylee and Simon get drunk together, River rewrites Book's bible, and Inara beds the magistrate's virgin son. Sing along to the hit song "The Man They Call Jayne"!

Buffy: Once More With Feeling

(50 min) - A mysterious force causes everyone in town to burst into full musical numbers, but it also forces them to reveal their innermost secrets. This is the famous musical episode in season 6 where everything changed Buffy finds herself with no feeling, just going thru the motions. Giles must come to grips with his role in Buffy's life. Tara discovers something unpleasant in her relationship with Willow. Xander and Anya must face up to their differences. Spike struggles to cover up his inner feelings for Buffy. Dawn is in trouble. It must be Tuesday.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog

(43 min)- Dr. Horrible, an aspiring supervillain with his own video blog, must balance his career and his pursuit of a beautiful do-gooder. He is attempting to join the prestigious Evil League of Evil, but his plans are usually foiled by the egotistical superhero Captain Hammer. Horrible's life is complicated when he falls in love with Penny, an advocate for the homeless. The situation becomes even more challenging when Penny begins dating the boorish, oafish Hammer. Faced with the task of impressing the League, can Horrible overcome his own incompetence to ruin the day, kill the hero, and still get the girl?

Rocky Horror Picture Show

(100 min) - Experience the greatest cult movie of all time. Brad & Janet, a newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite, and meet challenges they are unprepared for. They, and you the audience, meet a large group of Transylvanians dance to the 'Time Warp'. Dr. Frank-N-Furter builds his own man. Eddie comes out of deep freeze. A rival scientist comes to the castle. And a floor show is held, in the middle of the night! 


Shadow casting is the simultaneous physical imitation by one or more people (the cast) to the audio and/or video of a pre-existing production. To enhance the performance, the cast may wear costumes that resemble or help give an interpretation of a character from the production. 

Audience Participation ("AP") in the context of attending entertainment events is the interaction between the audience and the production, including the audio visual content and the performing cast itself.



The RKO Army is the shadowcast performing in the Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut, and southern Massachusetts area since 1981. Known primarily for their legendary performances of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, they also perform other fan-favorite productions including REPO! The Genetic Opera, Dr. Horribles' Sing-A-Long Blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Once More with Feeling", Serenity, Firefly's "Out of Gas" and "Jaynestown", The Devil's Carnival, The Room, and the Rocky Horror spinoff Shock Treatment. They have had on-going runs at two dozen cinemas over the decades, and they have also performed as guests at a long list of of theaters, conventions, universities, clubs, and parades. In 2013 and 2016, they threw the National Rocky Horror Anniversary Conventions in Providence. They will again in 2019. Thru hard work and service, the RKO Army have elevated themselves to national status in the shadow-cast community.

RKO Army is all about having fun, but they are very serious about that fun. The cast's chief mission has also been their biggest reason for growth - Reaching out to people who feel the same. This has been accomplished thru three primary avenues - Contact, Venues, and Awareness.

The common theme within the Rocky Horror community emanating from the movie is "Don't Dream It, Be it". RKO Army has put that theme into practice by enriching themselves thru association with similar communities who also do the same, most notably in the Cosplay, Steampunk, Gaming, Rave, LGBT, Browncoat, Gothic, and Club communities.

While still performing at regular-run cinemas in the traditional method, the cast now has established itself as a highly effective road cast in multiple types of venues in Southern New England. They have become major parts of conventions and parades, and sometimes are called in as entertainment for local business organizations, causes, or even weddings!

RKO Army's operational focus will always be awareness of its audience. They love performing, but what will always supersede that is the relevancy of the entertainment to the audience. The RKO perspective is to never lose sight of the view from the seats you the audience are sitting in.