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Don’t Dream It, Be It

by Timothy Burkhardt, staff writer

Warren Wilson will be hosting a screening of the cult sensation Rocky Horror Picture Show Oct. 18, at 9 p.m. in Bryson Gym. The movie will be accompanied by a “shadowcast.” According to Taylor Pfaff, a major contributor to this year’s production, a shadowcast is a troupe of our own Wilson students who will be acting out the scenes in the movie as they occur. Pfaff explained that there would be “actors acting out the movie in front of the screen, and doing callbacks—lines over the movie.”

Participating in the production are: Pfaff, Shaina Castonguey, Kenda Zappasodi, Emily Liles, Kelsey Lootens, Shannon McLaughlin, Hannah Kilpatrick, Samrawit Sisay, Kaitlyn Curtis, Ashlyn Neas, Nicole Testa, Patrick Bell, Charity Barber, Grace Hatton, Aaron Smith, Matteo Bessone, Isabel Harger, and Kat Andberg.

Audience participation is a massive part of the Rocky Horror experience. For 30 years audiences have attended theatres in costumes, either as characters or in their own fabulous getups. Audiences have also developed a dialogue with the film, calling out responses to lines and bringing props to use during specific scenes.

“We will be providing some prop bags, and everyone is encouraged to dress up,” Pfaff said. “Virgins beware,” she warns.

Virgins (people who have never been to a live screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show) will be in for a night of surprises during their first time at the late-night picture show, but they can bone up on the campy particulars of this unusual experience and not seem completely clueless when the moment arrives.

Some important tips for virgins:

  • You may end up with a “V” drawn on your forehead. Be ye not ashamed; everyone is a virgin at one point or another.
  • Dress as a character, dress in drag, dress as yourself, whatever makes you comfortable, but woe betide the individual who comes in a suit, sandals, or striped sweaters. Also, don’t wear anything you don’t want to get wet, or covered in rice.
  • Bring some or all of the following: rice, playing cards, a flashlight, a squirt gun, party hats, a newspaper, and toast. When the moment arrives, you will know what to do.
  • There are many moments when the audience calls out to the screen. While most of these are numerous and particular to specific scenes, there are two universals:
    1. Brad Majors is an asshole, and should be addressed as such whenever the narrator speaks his name.
    2. Janet is a slut, and it is perfectly acceptable to refer to her in this context.

This is not to say that every time Brad or Janet is on screen the audience should be shouting profanities, only when the narrator is speaking.


One Response to “Don’t Dream It, Be It”

  1. You left out one thing to take to a RHPS screening – an umbrella! I went to the original showing – we were ready for the ‘rain’.

    Posted by Nancy Hofmann | October 10, 2012, 4:45 pm

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