Guest Spotlight: The RKO Army

The RKO ArmyThe 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 have added other fan-favorite productions including REPO! The Genetic Opera, Serenity, Dr. Horribles' Sing-A-Long Blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Once More with Feeling," Firefly's "Out of Gas," and the Rocky Horror sequel 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, they threw the National Rocky Horror 38th Anniversary Convention in Providence. The event hailed by many in the national community as setting a new standard for such events.

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, Gay, Browncoat, Gothic, and Club communities.

No longer limited to just regular-run cinemas, the cast now has established itself as a highly functional 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! In addition to putting on scheduled performances, RKO's mission is to "seek out new life and civilizations" by hopefully adding to the social interaction offstage at all its events.

RKO Army's operational focus will always be awareness of its audience. While it will always be necessary to have fun performing, 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.

SHADOWCASTING DEFINED: 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.

See The RKO Army at:
Thursday 11:30PM-1:00AM in The Rotunda: Rocky Horror Picture Show – RKO Army Shadowcast
Sunday 4:30PM-5:15PM in The Rotunda: Firefly: Out of Gas - RKO Army Shadowcast
Sunday 5:15PM-6:00PM in The Rotunda: Firefly: Jaynestown - RKO Army Shadowcast