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The Rocky Horror Picture Show comes back to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater



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Tim Curry stars in the 1975 cult classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show." Cardinal Stage Company will present its 12th screening of the film on Oct. 27 and 28 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.  Movie Stills Database Buy Photos

Do the time warp and shiver with anticipation. The annual showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is coming back to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.  

The Cardinal Stage Company is having its annual screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." There will be two screenings both at midnight Oct. 27 and 28 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

 Tickets will be sold at the Cardinal Stage Company office or at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Mary Latham, Cardinal Spirit marketing assistant, said they will sell out. 

The money from these two screenings will go toward helping students have the opportunity  to connect with the arts. 

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a major fundraiser for the Cardinal Stage Company. The money will go toward its IU Credit Union Education Initiative, which supports programs like the community ticket initiative that gives free tickets to students and families with financial need, Lathem said. 

As some people may know, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a film that lets people participate with the movie. 

It's a special kind of viewing experience where the audience is no longer a passive viewer. The audience is participating with everything that's happening on the screen,  Oriana Peron, drag performer at the Backdoor and hostess of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" screenings said.

“So it's not just you and two or three friends watching," Peron said. "It's you and 600 people around you having the same experience, and you're throwing popcorn, and you're throwing toilet paper, and you're screaming at Janet. It's a real bonding experience.” 

 Tickets will be sold at the Cardinal Stage Company office or at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Mary Latham, Cardinal Spirit marketing assistant, said they will sell out. Because this a participatory screening, attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. 

“It costs $20 per ticket if you're not wearing a costume and $15 if you are," Latham said. "So you get $5 off automatically if come in your Halloween costume, and they also have $5 prop bags at the door."

These prop bags will have items like rice for attendees to use at certain points during the movie. 

“For instance there is a wedding scene where you would throw rice, so the prop bag will have little baggies of rice that you can throw into the theater.” 

To some people, the draw to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is the music that simply has the feeling of Halloween. 

“Well, Rocky Horror is awesome because it is campy, fun, original and inclusive, but I think the ultimate draw is the music," Bloomington resident Ashley Nicole said.  "The soundtrack defines Halloween, and you can’t help but dance as soon as the music starts.” 

For some people "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" isn’t just a film. It makes them feel accepted, Peron said. 

“It's a cult film that touches on so many aspects in life that aren't normally portrayed in film and TV," Peron said. "It's one of those films that make all the freaks feel comfortable and at home and welcomed and appreciated."

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