The Clinton Street Cabaret’s performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest running shadow cast in the Pacific NW, is a wild ride. It’s a night full of debauchery, screaming, laughter, and an excessive use of language.
Since it debuted in 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has gathered an extensive cult following, allowing people to be themselves, and learn who they truly are.
While the movie itself was a box office flop,the community that sprung up around its midnight showings has done wonders for the LGBT community. It has encouraged people of all genders, and sexualities to come out of their shells and into their individuality.
So, if you would like to learn more about what ACTUALLY happens at a Rocky Horror showing, keep reading.
You’re in for a crazy adventure.
To start things off, let us explain to you what exactly a “Virgin” is. A Virgin is someone who has never seen a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast at the Clinton Street Theater, or live theater production. While they may have watched the movie in the confines of their bedroom, or even with a large group, munching on popcorn, they have never experienced the thrill of seeing it live.
The Clinton Street Cabaret has a tradition of auctioning off members of the audience. You bid on your friends and family, so that we can bring them up on stage and have them participate in our Virgin Games, along with the rest of the Virgins. After all of the games have been played, Super Virgin is asked to participate in one of the opening scenes of the movie.
The Virgin Games happen before the movie has even started. We ask all Virgins to come up on stage to participate in a few games. These are the games that the Super Virgin is asked to play all of. The games tend to be amusing, risque, and more than a little embarrassing; that’s why you have to be 18+ in order to play them.
Prop bags are sold by our Trixie, to audience members both while they are waiting in line for tickets, and while they are sitting down inside listening to the rules. Basic prop bags consist of a few, easy to gather items.
Rice: To throw during the wedding scene.
Glowsticks: To wave during “There’s a Light”.
Noise Makers: To use along with the Transylvanians during Lab Scene.
Toast: To throw during Dinner Scene when Frank calls for a toast.
Party Hat: To wear when singing Happy Birthday to Rocky
Toilet Paper: To throw when Brad yells “Great Scott!”.
Cards: To toss when Frank sings “Cards for Sorrows” during “I’m Going Home.”
A very large part of going to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show is knowing what to yell, and when. There are a few standard callbacks, such as yelling “SLUT!” whenever you see Janet, “ASSHOLE!” whenever you see Brad, and with the Criminologist? Well, you just SCREAM.
One of the most important aspects of Rocky Horror, is being able to be yourself. Not being afraid to come as you are, and knowing that you will never be judged.
I hope this helps you on your journey through Rocky Horror. As you can probably tell, it isn’t your average show. However, you will have an experience that you won’t forget for the rest of your life. So we hope to see you one day soon, and don’t forget; Don’t Dream It, Be It.