The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a cult classic musical and movie adaptation, tells the story of a young couple thrown into a world of transvestites, dancing and mad science. As an annual Halloween classic, the Associated Students Queer Resource Center will put on its own adaptation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Auditions for this year’s show will take place on Monday, Oct. 8, from 6 - 8 p.m. in Viking Union 464. The play will premiere on Saturday, Oct. 27th in Arntzen 100 at 9 p.m. and midnight.
QRC Coordinator Briana Fitzpatrick said that the auditions are open to everyone. Along with acting roles, background positions for the play such as projector and lighting operators will also be cast at the audition.
“It’s a lot less intensive if you are a background person just because you don’t have to go to every single rehearsal,” Fitzpatrick said. “You don’t need to have acting experience or singing experience or anything like that.”
Individuals wishing to try out for acting roles will be presented with a small amount of lines to recite as well as a short part of a song to sing. Fitzpatrick said that no prior memorization of lines or songs is necessary to audition. All participants in the audition will help decide the final cast with a vote.
“Be ready to go all out,” Fitzpatrick said. “Don’t be reserved. You want to be able to impress your cast members because you have to impress a large audience.”
Fitzpatrick said that The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an event where people can dress up, get crazy, and express themselves in ways that are sometimes not accepted by society. She also said that the movie and musical were one of the first of their kind to play around with gender roles and put a heavy emphasis on the transgender and queer communities.
“This movie caters to a lot of people in our community, which is why we continue to put on the event and because it’s super popular and draws such a diverse audience,” Fitzpatrick said. “It doesn’t only attract queer people, but kind of brings everybody together.”