Losing your ‘Rocky Horror’ virginity

Keala Rusher, Staff Reporter

Nothing will leave you shivering with antici … pation quite like losing your “Rocky Horror Show” virginity.

At 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 30, Tulane students and faculty have the opportunity to experience the incredible freak show that is “Rocky Horror” in Dixon Hall. This live production by students is a perfect opportunity for “virgins,” those who have never seen the show, to experience the musical created from the book by Richard O’Brien firsthand.

The original science-fiction horror movie crossover introduced the idea of a “participation movie,” where the audience repeats lines back during long pauses. In addition to vocal participation, audience members are often encouraged to dress up as suggestively as possible (with the exception of nudity), as well as to bring props.

There are a wide variety of props that one can bring to a showing of “Rocky Horror,” including rice for the wedding of Ralph Hapschatt and Betty Munroe at the beginning of the film, newspapers for when Brad and Janet are caught in a storm and Janet covers her head with one, and a bell to ring or keys to shake during the song “Planet Schmanet Janet.” There are many more props the audience can participate with, though the ones that are allowed often vary from theater to theater. At Tulane’s two productions, costumes are welcome and participation kits will be available for purchase the night of the show.

Tulane students will be putting a special twist on an already twisted show by performing a live show, rather than the shadow cast that typically accompanies the film.

“The tradition is that they have shadow casting, which is the movie behind the actors, but this isn’t the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ it’s ‘the Rocky Horror Live Show’ which is the actual musical, so it’s all live actors and live band,” freshman Lane Klossner, playa a Transylvanian, said. “For people who are true Rocky fans, it’s definitely different than the shadow cast, but it’s going to be really fun because it’s going to be live and it’s Halloween-time,” Klossner said.

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While the first showings of the movie in the late 1970s were somewhat unsuccessful, “Rocky Horror” has developed into a cult phenomenon, and Halloween is the ideal time to see the production, as it is appropriately the (un)holy day of “Rocky Horror.”

General admission for the show is $15, or $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at http://tulane.edu/liberal-arts/music/departmental-events.cfm. Alternatively, for an authentic shadow-cast experience, the Prytania Theatre will host “Rocky Horror” presented by the Well Hung Speakers, who will be the shadow cast for the film. The show starts at 12:15 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.