By Alison Milton/The AS Review
You’re onstage wearing a skirt and three-inch high heels while being yelled at by people in the audience as they watch and laugh at your every move. No, this is not a nightmare. This is “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
For years, Western has upheld the tradition that has students rummaging through their cluttered closets to find their short skirts, dark red lipstick and their other miscellaneous drag items. For one night on Oct 30, Arntzen Hall will be packed with students eager to laugh and throw things at the stage as they watch the cult classic.
The AS Resource and Outreach Programs Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Alliance (LGBTA) and ASP Films will host the show at midnight on Oct 30. The tradition is to have people act out the scenes and musical numbers onstage while the film is being played in the background. Auditions are being held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 in Communications Facility 224 to fulfill the roles for the film.
“It’s not like going to the theater and watching a movie,” said AS LGBTA Coordinator Elle Peters. “It’s an interactive experience.”
The musical, which first appeared in 1973, is about a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, who take refuge in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter for the night after their car breaks down during a thunderstorm. This film has musical numbers, including “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Whatever Happened to Saturday Night?”
“We’re looking for people who know the movie pretty well,” said LGBTA Assistant Coordinator Josh Foley. “We want people who are comfortable being weird and scantily clad. They [also] need to be comfortable being yelled at.
“It sounds scary, but it’s fun,” he said.
Don’t worry, this is no Broadway audition. If you know the film, don’t mind being embarrassed in front of people, are fine with dressing in scandalous clothing and can quote some lines, the part is yours, Foley said.
There are no costumes needed at the audition and everyone is welcome to try out. Even if you don’t know the movie too well, Foley encouraged students to come to the audition if you want to participate in the show or behind the scenes. If there are no roles for you, then you can still help out and be involved.
For the majority of the people present at the show in drag, having a role in the performance isn’t necessary to be involved and interact “Rocky Horror Picture Show” style. Audience members, especially those who are familiar with the show, bring props to follow along with scenes from the movie. Whether they play with squirt guns for the rain scene or throw toast when they raise their glasses for one in the film, being in the audience can be just as interactive as being onstage.
Foley’s advice for preparing for the show: “Get out your highest heels.”