Are you a virgin? A Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) virgin, that is.
If you answered yes, don’t panic. This Friday and Saturday, Illinois State University’s Theater of Ted will present “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the Capen Auditorium.
RHPS is a 1975 comedy horror film that incorporates elaborate costumes, make-up and props.
For the 9th year in a row, Theater of Ted’s production will unite the classic motion picture with a live performance in front of the screen, giving the audience the best of both worlds.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the production begins at 8 p.m. However, RHPS virgins are encouraged to attend the Virgin Ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
According to Dominique Jackson, director of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” RHPS virgins are welcomed onstage to learn a little bit more about the production.
“Most newcomers appreciate the experience. We teach them some audience participation and play some fun, raunchy games featuring some of the cast,” Jackson said.
The audience involvement doesn’t end there. RHPS encourages the crowd to participate throughout the entire performance, including yelling things at the actors, throwing props and dancing in the aisles.
“RHPS is an R-rated movie so things will get a little spicy. Rocky is an experience form which people walk away feeling sexier, more confident and exhausted from the party they’ve just attended,” Jackson said.
Audience members are also encouraged to dress as characters from the movie. Choose your costume wisely, as there will be a costume contest with an opportunity to win prizes.
“The actors may be on stage, but the real stars of this show are sitting in the audience,” Jackson said.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a perfect way to celebrate the Halloween weekend.
According to Jess Henry, the show’s choreographer, RHPS is a performance you will not want to miss.
“Being able to dress up and act crazy and feel sexy is a wonderfully liberating experience, and Rocky gives everyone the perfect opportunity to do so,” Henry said.