On October 25, 2014 Illinois State University’s Theatre of Ted performed and showed the Rocky Horror Picture Show in the Brown Ballroom. For those of you who may not know the story, let me fill you in:
The musical horror comedy film presents the newly-engaged couple Janet and Brad car breaks down, forcing them to look for a phone so that they may call for help. Unfortunately the only phone nearby is in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite who is holding an annual convention to debut his recent work. Frank-N-Furter reveals a creation, a young man named Rocky Horror, who fears the doctor and rejects his sexual advances. When Frank-N-Furter announces that he is returning to the galaxy of Transylvania, Riff Raff the butler and Magenta the maid, declare that they have plans of their own.
This is a very interactive production and requires lots of audience participation. Students from the Theatre of Ted encourage the audience to wear fun and kinky costumes in the “Spirit of Rocky Horror”. The students actually perform the movie as it is playing on a screen behind them. “It takes a lot of practice and hard work, we have to make sure that the actors on the stage are on queue with the ones on the screen,” says Jess Henry, (Rocky Horror). “When I first auditioned for the show I was a little apprehensive, since the show is a bit risqué. The Rocky Horror Picture Show gives the audience as well as the actors a chance to just put yourself out there and step out of your comfort zone,” says Jess Henry, (Rocky Horror).
The show is not appropriate for children or people who are easily offended.
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