‘Rocky Horror’ time warps Saenger
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 23:10
“Are you a virgin?”
It is a possibility that someone dressed in fishnets will ask this question at Friday evening’s screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Saenger Theater downtown, as anyone who has yet to attend a screening of the film in a theater is considered a “virgin” in the world of Rocky Horror. Attending this interactive show can be intimidating for a newbie, but attending near Halloween each year has become a holiday tradition.
The crazy costumes are a signature characteristic of this event. Those who want to ease into the costume experience can dress up as Janet in an orange sheet worn like a towel or in a white lab coat. Similarly, Brad wears a lab coat with Janet. For those who are a little more daring, there are a wide variety of costumes that involve gold underwear like Rocky’s, lingerie, stockings, lots of makeup, platform heels and crazy hair to pull off Frank’s signature look. However, there are some outfits to steer clear of, such as suits, sandals and sweatshirts with stripes. Whatever the costume, the point is to have a great time.
Audience participation happens throughout this movie. Don’t be afraid to stand up and dance with everyone else during “Time Warp.” Don’t worry, because the instructions for the dance are in the lyrics. Many fans will shout lines at the screen, but this is done in compliment with the movie and not as a distraction. There are tons of these “talk-back” lines, so make sure to pay attention for the showing the next year.
Props are also provided for the show with the purchase of a ticket. Take advantage of them. Newspapers are to be held over the head during the rain scene, and water pistols will simulate the storm itself. Toast should be thrown during the dinner scene. Make sure to be respectful of the theater and those around you when using the props. Just pay attention to the veterans around you for the appropriate times to use them.
Grab some friends, put together some costumes, and have a great time. It is necessary to experience the silliness and fun of a live showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Tickets for the show are $10 at the theater box office and $12 at hattiesburgsaenger.com. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the screening will start at 8 p.m. For more information, contact the Saenger Theater at 601-584-4888.