Originally Published: November 19, 2016 6:17 a.m.
Our cup runneth over when it comes to live performances of the “Rocky Horror Show.” Just last month, Prescott Valley Performing Arts staged a version at the Elks Theatre.
Now, you can see another company perform it at the Ruth Street Theater.
“Rocky Horror” has been a cult (or fan) favorite for years in the form of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a 1975 film that adapted a 1973 musical.
If you’ve never actually seen the show or the film, it’s a hilarious sendup of science fiction, monster, and B-movie horror flicks.
The plot is simple: a young couple’s car breaks down on a stormy night near the castle/laboratory of Frank N. Furter, who masquerades as a mad scientist. He is actually an alien transvestite who is building a living man named Rocky in the lab.
Let’s face it: by now, the plot is less important than the music, bright costumes and audience participation.
The film initially bombed, but then theaters began showing it as a midnight movie, and encouraged goofy audience behavior, and it began to pick up steam. Patrons would throw various things at the screen at appropriate times (toast during a toast, and so on), respond out loud to movie lines, and dance the “Time Warp” in the aisles.
The latest incarnation plays one night, Nov. 19, at the Ruth Street Theater, and there are two shows, one at 7 p.m. and another at 9 p.m.
The company isn’t really formalized yet, Co-director Tamee Niekamp said, but the production is choreographed by her daughter, Lexe, who runs a dance studio.
“The show is pretty much like the film,” Niekamp said, so she expects to see audience members dress up for the occasion.
It includes a live band and a pre-show warm-up by Frankie’s Fishnets, a “shadow cast” for the play, from Phoenix.
Fans will be happy to know that there will be bags of approved goodies for interaction available to purchase right at the show; outside items (such as rice) will not be allowed in.
“It’s not really recommended for kids,” Niekamp said, suggesting that it’s for 8 and up, but if children come with their parents, that would be fine.
Ruth Street Theater is on the Prescott High School campus, 1050 Ruth St., and tickets are $12 – buy two, get a third free. Call 928-499-8664 for more information.