This October, the cult-favorite The Rocky Horror Show comes to the Forestburgh Playhouse on Friday and Saturday nights from October 11th to the 26th. The shows start at 8 p.m. with dinner service from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each night. Whether you’ve seen the movie version titled The Rocky Horror Picture Show or have experienced the stage version already, here are some things about the upcoming production of The Rocky Horror Show worth knowing.
Come Dressed as Your Favorite Character
For this production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Forestburgh Playhouse, you are encouraged to dress up as your favorite characters. Some favorites include versions of Magenta, Janet, Riff Raff, Columbia, and Dr. Frank N. Furter. You should feel free to sing along with your character as they perform live on stage.
Buy a Rocky Bag
If this is your first experience with Rocky Horror, don’t be alarmed when other people in the audience throw rice into the air or yell things at the actors. This is an interactive show and this is part of the fun. The Forestburgh Playhouse will sell Rocky Bags at the performances with all of the props you need to participate in the fun. Here are just some of the things you can expect:
Throwing rice at the wedding of Ralph Hapschatt and Betty Munroe
Covering your head with a newspaper to get out of the rain with Brad and Janet
Using a flashlight or your phone during appropriate times during the song “Over at the Frankenstein Place”
Throwing pieces of toast at dinner when Frank proposes a toast
The Stage Show and Movie are Different
If you’ve only seen the movie, it is worth noting that there are many differences between the stage version and the film adaptation. Aside from differences caused by the limitations of the stage (how would a giant pair of lips sing the opening song on stage?), there are other changes. First, the Transylvanians that sing and dance in the movie don’t exist. Second, the order of the songs is different. Some other changes include:
Rocky speaks in the stage show but doesn’t speak in the movie.
Songs have more or less verses.
How Rocky is created.
Eddie’s body isn’t eaten at dinner in the stage show.
Some songs are omitted. The song “Once in a While” is only in the stage show.
Eddie doesn’t enter the laboratory by riding a motorcycle.
Magenta isn’t a maid in the stage show.
Rocky Horror is Worth Seeing Again
The Rocky Horror Show isn’t a play that you can see once and you’re done. It’s a fun experience no matter how many times you see it. As you become more comfortable with the props and the interactive experience, you’ll be able to participate with it more.
If you plan to go to one of the performances of The Rocky Horror Show this season, please plan to reserve your tickets early. This show is particularly popular and maintains a cult following. For more information about upcoming performances or on how to buy tickets for The Rocky Horror Show, check out www.fbplayhouse.org.