Actor to show some skin in ‘Horror Show’ part
By the third song of “The Rocky Horror Show” in its Oct. 19-28 staging at Purple Box Theater in Friendswood, actor Alec White will be flaunting his leaner physique in just boxers and a bow tie.
“We get pretty skimpy,” said the 2016 graduate of Deer Park High School, who lost 30 pounds to get in shape this past year “by working out five days a week and running three miles, two or three days a week.”
As a result, his 6-foot frame now carries about 230 pounds compared to his prior weight of almost 260.
“At the end of the show, I’m wearing a corset, women’s underwear, fishnet stockings and heels,” said White, 21.
White plays Brad, a clean-cut, wholesome guy, whose car has a flat tire in a rainstorm, forcing him to refuge in the mansion of a mad scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
“Brad is the ‘straight man’ for the comedy; so the audience responds the way he reacts to the absurdities around him,” said White, who is a junior in media production at the University of Houston.
“He’s a nice guy. He’s like the dad in a 1950s sitcom, who says, ‘Honey, I’m home!’ Then he sits down, eats a frozen TV dinner and goes back to work the next day at 8 a.m.”
The mad scientist in the show, played by Chase Harris, has become a cultural icon thanks to midnight screenings of the play’s 1975 movie version, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
White had never seen the film until he was cast in the play at Purple Box.
“Now that I’ve read the script and seen the movie, I definitely understand the fascination with it and why it’s been so popular,” he said..
The parody of science-fiction and B horror movies invites audiences to dress as their favorite characters, dance “The Time Warp” and shout “Hot Patootie!” during the show.
“It was really progressive for the ’70s, but it doesn’t seem like such an absurd concept today,” said White. “The songs are very catchy.”
Cathy Holbrook, the founding artistic director and owner of Purple Box, said, “Everyone always asks us to do” the show.
Also in the cast are: Teddy Waddell, Elle Anders, Victoria Reyes, Brandee Sibley, Matthew Hailey and Matt Rosenthal.
Additional cast members are: Daniel Partida, T’Mar Bunch, Mikayla Lovejoy, Rebeccah Bauerlein, Sydney Moore, Adriana Rodriquez, Lily Newsom, Mylana Valdina, Allessandro Baldan and Cassie Seba.
At Deer Park High White starred opposite his friend, Eli Martinez, in scenes from Tom Stoppard’s absurdist tragicomedy “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” advancing to the 2016 University Interscholastic League state 6A one-act play championship in Austin.
At every level of competition leading to the state finals, judges honored White with best actor or all-star cast; at state, White was named to the honorable mention all-star cast.
White also served as co-captain of an improvisational comedy team he co-founded his senior year at Deer Park.
He and longtime friends Andrew Green, Luke Holt, Marc Moland and Lucio Vasquez of Deer Park also formed “a little production company,” Sad Tree Films, which has posted short videos on YouTube.
White works as a production manager for Walker Cable Productions in The Woodlands.
The actor’s sister, Hailey White, is following in her brother’s theatrical footsteps at Deer Park High, where she is a 15-year-old junior. She plays a student at Rydell High School in the school’s production of the musical “Grease” at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 6, and 3 p.m. Oct. 7.
She will also participate in the theater department’s 1950s-themed party for children and adults from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 6.
Don Maines is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org