Repo! The Genetic Opera Gets the Shadow Cast Treatment. - FRANK WOLF
On January 9th 2009 The Shadow Cast Midnight Cinema Performed Repo The Genetic Opera in Fort Lauderdale at Cinema Paradiso [503 SE 6th ST Fort Lauderdale Florida USA] becoming one of the 1st casts in the World to do so. The Midnight Cinema Cast is lead by Frank Wolf Connell and Morrighan White.
There are now at least 30 other shadow casts performing Repo with new shows popping up all over the US and around the world.
A Shadow Cast is a group of actors who re enact a film in costume. This is generally performed in front of the Film as it is being played. The tradition was taken from the Rocky Horror Picture Show where as part of the audience participation rituals fans recreated the costumes to wear to screenings on the weekends and at local showings of the movie. The fans have gone to great lengths to be as faithful to the designs as possible. The quality of these costumes range from the unrecognizable to faithfully screen accurate replicas.
Midnight Cinema performed the musical number Zydrate Anatomy in full costume for the first show on Jan 9th 2009. They then added scenes over the course of Repo! The Genetic Opera’s 35mm run at Cinema Paradiso. The Initial run was from Jan 9th to Jan 20th by the time we were done we had performed the majority of the show in full costume they also added to their cast. Since a two month hiatus due to the local Renaissance Fair, Midnight Cinema’s first fully blocked and costumed Show on March 20th 2009 sold out and it has continued to sell out almost every show since.
They started as a Rocky Horror Shadow Cast and have expanded to doing Repo! The Genetic Opera, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, Buffy The Vampire Slayer Once more with feeling and are in pre production for Sweeny Todd and Labyrinth. Midnight Cinema is based out of Cinema Paradiso in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The Next show is the big Halloween double Feature on Saturday October 31st Repo the Genetic Opera at 10pm Followed by The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Midnight.
Midnight Cinema is always open to people who wish to help by joining Cast, Crew, or by making Donations of any form, so please send us a message if you would like to be involved!