Kirsten O'Brien/The AS Review
Pull on your fishnets, dust off your highest pair of heels and lace up your corset, because “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is once again returning to Western for a night of absolute pleasure.
The 1975 cult classic is shown every year, drawing crowds of scantily clad audience members who use props to mimic scenes from the film. Onstage, live performers act out scenes and dance along to the film’s musical numbers while it plays in the background. Auditions to be part of the cast will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, in VU 462 A.
Josh Foley, coordinator of the AS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Alliance, said the whole idea of the event is to have fun. No previous acting experience is required, and anyone who is passionate about the movie is welcome to try out.
“Mostly, we just want to see people getting out of their comfort zone,” Foley said. “We want to see people have fun with it.”
Even if there are no cast member roles available, Foley said students can help by promoting the event or leading audience participation during the film.
The LGBTA and ASP Films will host the event on Oct. 30 in Arntzen 100. In the past, the event has been so popular that the traditional midnight showing has sold out, so this year a second showing at 9 p.m. has been added.
Foley said students should attend both show times if they want to guarantee themselves a spot.
“It’s an experience like no other on campus all year,” said Foley. “You’ll definitely be hearing about it if you don’t go.”
The film itself follows a newly married couple, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss. In stereotypical horror movie fashion, they find themselves stranded after their car breaks down on a lonely country road. Of course, the only available refuge is a dark, looming castle with some very interesting inhabitants. They meet the castle’s eccentric owner, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who is part mad scientist, part drag queen. From there, the audience, along with Brad and Janet, are thrown into Frank-N-Furter’s world of blurred gender lines, messy love triangles and outrageous fun.
Foley said that although the film is meant to entertain, it also has an important message about gender roles and identity.
“The movie doesn’t take identity so seriously,” he said. “It plays with gender roles and has fun with them. A movie like this is just so different in that way.”
One of the best parts of the movie for many Rocky Horror enthusiasts is the opportunity to dress up and leave inhibitions behind, Foley said. People are allowed to dress in whatever way they want, and Foley encourages people to incorporate that same mindset into their everyday lives.
“You can dress however you want at Rocky Horror, so why can’t you dress how you want all the time?” Foley asked.
“These are little things people can take away from the film to help build a more aware community on campus.”
He said those who attend in costume will get $2 tickets, while those who don’t will pay $3.
Students are also encouraged to bring props, which include rice, toast, water guns and newspapers. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is meant to be fun for anyone who attends, not just those who act out characters onstage.
“We understand there will be a total mess afterwards, but we want people to bring props,” Foley said. “We love audience participation.”
So whether you’re a “virgin” attending the show for the first time, or a die-hard fan with a knack for walking in 4-inch heels, Foley said students should be prepared to be surprised.
“Always be ready for anything when walking through those doors,” he said.
The following tips were compiled from "The Official Rocky Horror Picture Show" fan website:
Rules for Rocky Horror virgins:
1) The throwing of rice, toilet paper, water, etc. is part of the fun. It is not meant to harm people, ruin someone’s make-up or costume, or cause damage to the theater.
2) Never make fun of someone for “dressing up,” especially if their costume or make-up is not exact. The point is that their heart is in it and this might discourage them or others from ever returning in costume and that’s what this event’s all about, isn’t it?
3) If you portray a certain character, don’t get angry or jealous if someone else comes dressed as that character.
4) Respect the wishes of the theater and its management. Vandalism and the breaking of rules might not only lead to your ejection, but to the closing of the film. This would spoil it for everyone.