This October, Constellation Stage and Screen invites guests to “shiver with antici...pation” at the 17th annual screenings of Rocky Horror Picture Show at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
The 1975 cult-classic film follows the innocent Brad and Janet, a straight-edged, newly engaged couple who find themselves stranded with a flat tire during a heavy storm. After winding up at the mansion of Dr. Frank N. Furter – an eccentric scientist – the couple encounters a house full of wild characters, indulgent songs and dances.
“This show has a long history of audience participation,” according to Constellation’s press release, “At screenings, audiences typically throw rice, ring bells, yell specific phrases, and generally cause mayhem in the theater.”
Constellation will offer audience members bags filled with props and instructions for participation for $5. Each bag includes a Newspaper, Party Hat, Playing Card, Toilet Paper, Rice, Squirt Gun, Noise Maker, Rubber Glove, Bells, Toast and an Audience Participation Guide.
Guests are invited to arrive early for a costume contest, hosted by Bloomington drag queen Oriana Perón. The pre-show celebrations will begin 30 minutes before each showing. Prizes provided by local businesses will be given to costume contest winners, and admission for the contest is $5. All proceeds will be donated to Constellation’s educational outreach programs, which make theater and film projects available to Bloomington youth.
Pre-show celebrations will also include a special “Devirginization” process. In Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings, “virgins” are any individuals who have never seen the film before with a live audience. The official Rocky Horror Picture Show Fan Website offers a “Virgin’s Guide” to participate in Rocky Horror screenings.
Tickets for the Buskirk-Chumley screenings are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets and details on the showing are available on Constellation’s website.