It's almost Halloween, and you know what that means: carved pumpkins, kooky costumes and…people in drag? It's true that “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is, for many people, as October as candy corn. For one night, Arntzen Hall will be filled with Western's most unconventional conventionalists.
ASP Films will be holding two showings of the movie at 7 and 9 p.m., Oct 30 in Arntzen 100. There was no way that ASP Films would pass up this Halloween classic.
“It's been a tradition, people have come to expect it every year,” Hannah Wilson, AS Productions Films Coordinator said. “It's one of our biggest events, and one of the most fun.”
“Rocky Horror” began as a musical in London in 1973. When Twentieth Century Fox released it as a film in 1975, it tanked.
“The public wasn't really ready for it,” Noah Janes, ASP Films Publicity Coordinator, said. “That's how most cult films get started. They flop and then get picked up.”
Rocky Horror found its following in 1976, when a showing of the movie at the Waverly Theater in New York had audience members yelling at the screen. It was then that the tradition of audience involvement was born. The extent of the participation evolved to include props (such as toast and squirt guns) and dancing the Time Warp. The film has reached the status of a cult classic and is shown across the country year-round, especially during the Halloween season.
Over the years, “Rocky Horror” has become more than camp comedy. Not only is it a chance to wear a wild costume and shout obscenities in a movie theater, it's also a great opportunity to hang out with friends and meet new people. Whether you decide to dress up in full costume or just bring a bag of rice, “Rocky Horror” promises to be a good time.
“There's no one set way to go about it. It's important to be creative and have fun,” Janes said. “It stretches people's boundaries. It's an excuse to dress in drag, if you are so inclined.”
“It's great for people who haven't done it before,” Wilson said.
“We want huge amounts of people. It needs to be big, so bring your friends.”
For “Rocky Horror” fans who won't settle for being another face in the red-lipped crowd, the LGBT Alliance will be holding auditions for live-action parts in the performances during the movie.
“There's been a long tradition since the ‘70s when Rocky Horror came out that people dress up as characters and perform in front of the screen,” Amber Aldrich, LGBTA Coordinator said.
Aldrich welcomes anyone who's interested in performing to audition. Participants aren't required to have had experience in a live show before, and they don't have to wear a costume to the audition. The auditions will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 20 in Viking Union 462A.
“We want people who love the movie, who have seen it, to come in with the top two characters they want to play and demonstrate that they've seen the movie,” Aldrich said. “We want people to know the Time Warp.”
If you've ever dreamed of singing “Dammit Janet” on stage (and not just in your living room), now is your chance. After all, the film does say, “don't dream it, be it.”
There's a place for everyone in “Rocky Horror.” You can be a performer on stage or dancing in the aisles with a big group of friends. Even people who have never seen “Rocky Horror” should check it out. The movie might seem a little weird at first, but it will be unforgettable.
“It's timelessly fun. It's synonymous with Halloween for me,” Aldrich said. “It's fun for the LGBTA because it's a fairly old movie that deals with gender issues in a fun, nonthreatening way.”
“The first time I saw the movie I was blown away,” Janes said. “The music is amazing.”
So start practicing the Time Warp. ‘Tis the season.