The Rocky Horror Picture Show is perhaps one of the most ridiculous movies ever made, and it is made even more ridiculous by its audience; yes, this is surprisingly possible. Whenever there is a large enough audience, in a large enough theater, the audience shouts at the screen well-known (and not so well-known) call lines. The movie becomes nothing but background noise as the audience fills in the lines with words and phrases that range from relatively innocent to completely offensive (though tilting more toward the latter side of the spectrum) while singing along with bizarre verses.
On Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was shown in Cole Cinema, at 7p.m. on both days. The Friday showing was a normal screening, with call sheets distributed so the audience could all yell together. However, the showing on Saturday night included a shadow cast. Members of the White Room put on costumes to match the actors’ costumes in the movie, and danced and lip synced along in front of the screen. Overall, the show was very entertaining. There were no call sheets, but enough people called back that it didn’t matter much, though some people definitely made up the lines they were shouting.
As someone who has never seen a screening of Rocky Horror done with a shadow cast, this was a completely different experience. I have seen Rocky Horror before. When I was a first-year, there were call lines, and even props, provided, and I have been to showings since then, but I have never seen live actors performing it as well. This performance, directed by first-year Carol Lowe, had actors running up and down the aisles, in and out of Cole Cinema’s doors, and even through the audience. There was audience interaction beyond call lines, including dancing in their seats, and interacting with the actors as they ran through.
The most exciting part of the show was having the actors in front of the screen. Seeing Dr. Frank-N-Furter on screen (played by Tim Curry) and off screen (played by sophomore Simone Levine) added a new element to the experience. Not only could the audience participate with the actors on the screen, but they could be part of the action, sitting where the live actors were moving around. None of the actors were shy about entering the audience (whether it was aisles or the seats) and making them feel as though they were part of what was going on. I have never seen a White Room performance before tonight, and I have no regrets. This show was fun, engaging, and, all-in-all, completely worth seeing.