Egyptian Theatre invites everyone to ‘Come up to the lab’
In 1975, director Jim Sharman released "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," a film based on a musical that paid tribute to B-movies and glam rock.
It flopped, despite a cast that included renowned British actor Charles Grey and upcoming artists Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry, future Grammy Award-winner Meat Loaf and future Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon.
However, thanks to the midnight movie movement, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," featuring lyrics by Richard O’Brien, garnered the "cult-classic" moniker and has entertained sold-out audiences for the past 25 years all over the world. The Library of Congress even selected it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, calling it "the quintessential midnight movie."
For the past three years, the Egyptian Theatre has presented ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in all its campy gory glory. This year’s screenings will be held Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., said Jenn Silva, manager of the theatre’s video images.
"It’s always nice to keep the ‘Rocky Horror’ tradition going," Silva said during an interview with The Park Record. "We think this year will be bigger than last year, because we’re screening on Halloween weekend. I’m hoping people won’t be afraid to dress up."
Silva likes seeing the different versions of mad scientist Frank-n-Furter.
"It’s always great to have him in the audience," she said. "One year, we had one who was happy to be there, but had never seen the film before and that was very cool.
"I hope to see more costumes this year," Silva said. " I want to see people out of their comfort zones and into costumes."
Of course, the big thing is audience participation, according to Silva.
"We do allow people to get on the stage to do the Time Warp and other scenes, but we have to make sure they don’t touch the screen," she said. "It’s always nice to have people who know what to expect at a ‘Rocky Horror’ show, because it’s great to see and experience that audience participation."
That includes, but is not limited to, shouting riffs, getting up on stage to act out or dance out some of the scenes and throwing items like toast around the theatre.
"We will be handing out prop bags for the participating," Silva said. "We give out the basics, noisemakers, party hats, newspapers and toilet paper.
"People can bring in their own props as well, but we ask that people not bring water guns, rice or confetti," she said. "We don’t supply the toast, so people can bring their own toast if they want."
Even if someone hasn’t been to a ‘Rocky Horror’ screening before, they can come in quite prepared, she said.
"I noticed last year there were a lot of new people who had never done ‘Rocky Horror’ before come and it’s always nice to have new people, as well," Silva said. "There are certain thing the audience calls out during the film and people can find those cues online or they can come to both nights and get a feel of it the first night and participate more on the second night. For example, anytime the screen mentions Janet, the audience yells, ‘Slut’ and things like that."
Silva said she loves the creativity and freedom of the film.
"It was the filmmakers’ first film and it is so unique, and to think that it has lasted so long is incredible, especially when it wasn’t a big hit when it first came out."
She believes the mainstream film goers weren’t ready for something as imaginative as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" back in the mid-1970s.
"It’s pretty out there and it gets crazy as it goes along to the point of introducing aliens," she said with a laugh. "I think it shocked people at first, but somehow the midnight movie thing got a hold of it and people started to take notice. That’s why you have to love these types of cult-classics and underground films."
Silva’s favorite song in the film is "Hot Patootie" by Meat Loaf.
"I just love when he comes out to sing that," she said. "It’s such a great moment."
The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., will present screenings of the cult classic, "Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. Props will be handed out, but audiences can bring their own bags of tricks. Rice, confetti and water guns will not be allowed. Tickets range from $15 to $25 and are available by visiting http://www.parkcityshows.com .
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