Cardinal Stage will present its 16th annual screening of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 10 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. People can buy tickets in advance on Cardinal’s website or by calling the box office from 12-5 p.m. on a weekday. Tickets can also be purchased at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater box office.
“If you're a fan of ‘Rocky Horror’ at all or if you've ever just been intrigued by the idea of ‘Rocky Horror,’ it is really an event like no other,” Cardinal Marketing Manager Cassie Hakken said. “It’s super fun, super interactive and full of folks that love Halloween and the campiness and excitement of it.”
This Halloween cult classic follows the recently engaged couple Brad and Janet after their car breaks down in front of the mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Through song and dance, they meet a variety of weird characters as Dr. Frank-N-Furter unveils “Rocky,” his new creation.
Audience participation is a big part of “Rocky Horror,” Hakken said. Prop bags with costume accessories and guides on how to participate in the show will be available for $5 in advance and in the lobby.
Before the screening, attendees can participate in a costume contest and a “devirgination ceremony” by local drag queen, host and producer Oriana Perón.
The “devirginization ceremony” is a “Rocky Horror” tradition, Hakken said. The host will invite anyone who hasn't seen a screening of “Rocky Horror” up on stage to participate in fun group activities. This year, Hakken said there will be more social distancing to keep everyone safe.
For the costume contest, Cardinal will invite anyone wearing a costume to participate. The audience will vote through cheers and there will be prizes for first place, runner up and best incorporation of a mask, Hakken said.
Proceeds from this event will support Cardinal Stage’s IU Credit Union Education Initiative. It is a program focused on encouraging a lifelong passion for the theater at all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds, Hakken said.
According to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater’s guidelines, attendees must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 48 hours. Masks are required once inside the theater.