Rocky Horror lives up to its hype
By Lillie Ly - Staff Reporter
For years I have never watched the cult-classic that is The Rocky Horror Show.
Auburn Community Players presented the show this month and I got a chance to go see what the hype was all about.
Rocky Horror Show has been running for a long time in both Broadway and community theaters.
First debuting in late winter of 1973, Rocky Horror had a successful nine-month run, winning the Evening Standard Theatre Award the same year. In 1975 the musical was adapted into the well-loved film that in turn started a cult following for the story and songs.
Rocky Horror Show and Rocky Horror Picture Show have small differences between them but they are subtle enough to warrant a distinction between the two.
The Rocky Horror show has mature content, it is recommended for ages 17 and older, similar to an R rating.
Rocky Horror Show is a dark humor cabaret musical about sexual identity and becoming more than just your dreams.
Its wacky, with shock humor and gore but it talks about challenging self-identification and society's status quo.
Jim Kleinbeck is the managing director at Auburn Ave Theater. "It's a great show to put on." said Kleinbeck. "One thing we run into is that people come in expecting the movie."
The theater even requests that attendees refrain from bringing outside props such as rice and toast, the familiar props movie watchers usually bring to the cinema showings.
Unlike most plays where the audience sits and watches, Rocky Horror Show is interactive. The theater sells participation bags filled with the props needed for taking part in the stage production.
Rocky Horror Picture Show has this as well, but the musical props are different than ones used for those watching the movie.
When the opening bars of the overture began and fabulously clad Usherette strutted out and welcomed the room to the 'late night, double feature picture show", the whole play shifts from third person narratives of an old man to bombastic rock show numbers consisting of dancers with flavorful attire.
A part of the show's mysticism does come from the large participation aspect. For those who are coming in with no knowledge of this, the experience could be made to seem like it's a two-hour long inside joke. But there are plenty of Rocky Horror Virgin guides and instructions at the theatre for newcomers.
There is one final performance of Rocky Horror Show at Auburn Ave Theater on Halloween. It starts at 7 p.m. The theater's address is 10 Auburn Ave, Auburn. Tickets cost $17 for pre-sale tickets and $22 at the door. For more information and tickets visit: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?-show=104832