Celebrate 40 years of Rocky Horror with Lonesome Valley

Don't just quiver with antici (SAY IT!) pation, but do the "Time Warp" all the way down to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., as Lonesome Valley Playhouse puts on the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Friday, Oct. 9. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $25 for opera box seats and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the box office one hour before the performance.

A director for 10 years, this is the first time that Tamee Kneecamp has put on "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." A lot of adults asked, Kneecamp said, noting that she was up to the challenge.

Unlike many other performances of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," this one isn't shadowcast, where actors mimic the actions of the characters during the film, Kneecamp said. Rather, actors have rehearsed to put on a live performance with a live band to add extra pizzazz, she said.

"There's no movie behind it," Kneecamp said. "We're what you get. You're watching people that have been practicing for a month and a half."

The biggest challenge in rehearsing for a live performance was getting everyone together at the same time, Kneecamp said. A large number of people came to her requesting to play a certain character, she said.

The actor who plays Frank N. Furter has also never been on stage before, Kneecamp said, but she added he's practically this day and age's Tim Curry.

"I feel like I went to Hollywood to find him," she said.

While screenings and performances of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" are known for fan interaction, including throwing rice, toast, toilet paper and other props, the throwing of items will not be allowed at the Elks Theatre. This is because of the historical remodel, Kneecamp said. However, in addition to the showing at the Elks, Lonesome Valley Playhouse is also performing additional showings on an outside stage at the Prescott Valley Entertainment District on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29-31, and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7. Attendees to the Elks show will get half off admission, Kneecamp said. Admission to the outside showings is $15 and $3 prop bags will be sold.

Despite the ban on throwing items, there will still be a costume contest and a virgin initiation, Kneecamp said. Those who have never seen Rocky Horror Picture Show, otherwise known as virgins, will be given a "V" on their forehead in lipstick and about 10 minutes before the show, a few virgin audience members will be given "challenges."

It's also the 40th anniversary of the original release, which was coincidental, but still a bonus, Kneecamp said, adding that it's "something people are going to remember forever."

By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.