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Egyptian taps ‘Rocky Horror’ to usher in Halloween season

Naoma Gleason, backed by the oversized mug of Tim Curry's Dr. Frank-N.Furter, gives a solo performance during last year's screening. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)
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"Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab "Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a scientist (played by Tim Curry)

Amber Hansen, box office manager for the Egyptian Theatre, remembered the first time she saw Jim Sharman’s 1975 cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

"It was at the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City and I was really young and I took my mom," Hansen said during an interview with The Park Record. "It was a humiliating experience."

Hansen had never seen the film and didn’t know about the audience participation that has been a tradition at screenings since the mid-1970s.

"I just thought we were going to dress up and watch the movie and it turned out to be a rude awakening," Hansen said with a laugh. "They had the live cast and, you know, the film and skits are geared for adult audiences and it was very uncomfortable for me because I was with my mom."

The Egyptian Theatre will kick the Halloween season into gear when it screens the cult classic, "Rocky Horror Picture Show" this week. Screenings will be held Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.

"Emotion: Agitation or disturbance of mind; vehement or excited mental state "Criminologist, an expert (played by Charles Gray)

To spare many audience members the humiliation Hansen felt, the shenanigans during the screenings will be toned down a bit — just a bit, she promised.

"We do things a little differently than some theaters," Hansen explained "There are some places that actually have a live cast that perform in front of the screen along with the movie. We don’t do that, and we don’t make it really obscene, so if teenagers want to bring their parents, it will be less embarrassing to come to our show."

"Just a moment, Janet. We don’t want to interfere with their celebration "Brad Majors, a hero (played by Barry Bostwick)

That doesn’t mean the screenings at the Egyptian will be boring.

"We want people to get dressed up and get up and dance," Hansen said. "We want them to say all the lines and do the shouts."

The Egyptian Theatre staff also encourages viewers to bring props.

"We do allow toast, toilet paper, newspaper and cards and all of that stuff," Hansen said. "The only props we won’t allow are water guns, water balloons and rice.

Those things just make a mess and we don’t want to ruin the theater and the carpets and we have to protect our historic building."

If people don’t bring props, the staff will provide them.

"We don’t want anyone to get left out of the fun," Hansen said. "I think it’s a fun experience. It’s great to get up and dance to the ‘Time Warp’ and it’s a festive and hot Halloween tradition."

"You’ve arrived on a rather special night. It’s one of the master’s affairs "Riff Raff, a handyman (played by Richard O’Brien)

Last year, the Egyptian Theatre hosted its first-ever ‘Rocky Horror’ event and screening, according to theater manager Randy Barton.

"It’s the only time of the year where we, as the Egyptian Theatre, will offer film," Barton said. "The Sundance Film Festival moves in for two weeks in January to screen films, but this is the only film we show all year."

Still, the partnership with Sundance also helps facilitate the ‘Rocky Horror’ experience.

"We have been able to elevate our ability because we have been able to use the projection and video equipment not only in our live performances at the theatre, but also for this screening," Barton said. "In the past we’ve had small, cheap projectors and it wouldn’t have worked."

"It’s just a jump to the left and a step to the right "Criminologist and guests

Barton considers "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" a theatrical experience.

"We do this because it’s an event and not just a film," he said. "’The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ has a fanatical following and those people are willing to dress up in costume and perform themselves, so the event becomes a live performance within itself and the audience members become the performers.

"We do not see ourselves expanding in offering more film," Barton said. "We feel the Park City Film Series does an excellent job at that, and our mission is live performances."

"Hot patootie, bless my soul! I really love that rock ‘n’ roll!"Eddie, an ex-delivery boy (played by Meat Loaf)

Hansen’s favorite character is Columbia who is actually a groupie in love with Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

"I try to dress up as her the best I can, but she has a distinct costume," Hansen said. "I also love Meat Loaf. It’s not hard to love Meat Loaf."

In addition, Hansen’s favorite segment in the film is "The Time Warp." She and Jenn Silva, manager of the Egyptian Theatre’s images and video productions, liked getting up on stage to dance the scene with everyone.

"We also stand in front of the screen to make sure people don’t run into it," Hansen said. "We did this last year, and it worked out well and everyone had a good time."

"Oh, come on Brad, admit it, you liked it didn’t you?"Dr. Frank-N-Furter

Barton, who doesn’t have a favorite character, said he has fond memories of watching "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the now defunct Blue Mouse theater in the early 1980s in Salt Lake City.

"The theater was run by Art Proctor and I had an office in the building," Barton said. "I think the whole thing is such a perfect goofball spoof of not only film, but theater."

Barton is looking forward to bringing "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" back to Park City.

"It was one of the few events where we had to make a waiting list, because we sold out every show," Barton said.

Hansen is also happy the Egyptian will screen the film again.

"We’re lucky that we are the venue in Park City that does this," she said. "There are some people who may not attend our live theater performances, but will come to something like this. We would like to maybe make this a tradition."

The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., will kick off the Halloween season with screenings of the cult-classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show" from Thursday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $28 and are available by visiting http://www.parkcityshows.com.


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