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The Ultimate Midnight Movie: Rocky Horror at the Wood Theater this Saturday Night!

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It’s Time for Rocky Horror, ya Hot Patootie!

The Beloved Camp Classic Comes to the Wood Theater for Halloween

Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975)You loved it last year…so, you want some more? Yer damn right you do! Break out your garter belts! Halloween just isn’t the same without The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

One of the most beloved cult films of all time…which is still being shown in theaters thirty-nine years after its initial release, will be coming to the Wood Theater in Glens Falls, courtesy of Art in the Public Eye (APE), for two special screenings on Saturday, October 25th.

According to the show’s Project Manager, PJ Duell (who’s also doing the incredibly creeeeepy make up), expectations are high for a full house this year at the Wood. So, get off your ass and go! It’s a fun, goofy show…you get to wear costumes, throw things at the screen and let all your inhibitions fly out the window. And toast is involved…

Also new this year is the addition of a special opening act, adding an equally creepy dimension. Amelia Wargo will portray The Hallowqueen in a musical/comedy performance entitled: The Curse of BLOODY MARY. Wargo will take on the persona of a character similar to Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, who will try to bring the folk legend Bloody Mary “through the mirror into our world”. (According to legend, Bloody Mary is usually a ghost or spirit that is summoned to disclose the future, often appearing in a mirror when her name is repeated three times.)

A Little Background (if you already know the story, cool…but if you’re one of the uninitiated, well, keep reading!”):

Amelia Wargo as The Hallowqueen. Photo Courtesy of Amelia WargoThe Rocky Horror Show originated in London in 1973 as an underground musical that celebrated kitschy sci-fi and horror films of the 1930s and 1940s. While the original theatrical production eventually developed a following, it was the 1975 film version (with ‘picture’ in the title to differentiate the two), that became a worldwide phenomenon and helped launch the careers of Susan SarandonBarry Bostwick, Meatloaf and Tim Curry. The film has become the ultimate ‘midnight movie’ as it has been shown at numerous theaters in the wee hours of the morning to sell out crowds, making it one of the most profitable films of all time.

As for the plot? Are you taking notes? Tim Curry stars as the lingerie wearing as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from Transsexual, Transylvania, who has created a buff, mute blonde named Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood). Newlyweds Brad and Dammit Janet (Bostwick and Sarandon) find themselves lost during a torrential downpour and enter Frank-N-Furter’s castle to ride out the storm, where hedonistic musical mayhem takes center stage. Got it?

Now, here’s where it gets weird!

For many die-hard fans, a screening of Rocky Horror is a hardcore religious experience, where audience interaction is encouraged. Die-hard fans know every word of the screenplay and the lyrics to all of the songs while dressing up in crazy costumes.

Did I mention that actors portray the on-screen actions in front of the screen, adding a dimension to the whole experience? That’s right! In practically every theatre where Rocky Horror is screened, many fans have actually formed a traveling cast of sorts, acting out the entirety of the film in unison with the movie. There is painstaking attention paid to detail, including costumes, props and especially the synchronicity of the actors.

Kayla Toney, Chris Tripp and Jessica Camp in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Photo Courtesy of PJ Duell.In fact, the whole Rocky Horror experience is downright wacky, as the audience is usually given props, such as rolls of toilet paper, hot dogs and pieces of toast, to throw at the screen at the precise moment. I did mention toast, didn’t I? Yes, toast is usually thrown at the screen when the line “A Toast!” is said. Other instances involve rice being thrown during the wedding sequence and rolls of Scott toilet paper being tossed when the line “Great Scott!” is uttered. When the character of Janet says, “Oh Brad, isn’t it wonderful?” the audience responds with a resounding “No!” Another comeback is when the ex-delivery boy Eddie says, “Master, Master, we have a visitor!” The audience quickly responds with “Bator” at the end of his first two words.

Other items such as party hats, noisemakers, candles, squirt guns, bells, rubber gloves, and confetti also make guest appearances during the show, which you’ll probably be covered with, once the film is over.

Brought to you by our friends at Art in the Pubic Eye (APE), this year’s show is directed by Kayla Toney, and the star studded cast will feature Chris Tripp as Frank-N-Furter, Lauren Cognato as Janet, Dan Donahue as Brad, Bradley Lee as Riff Raff, Kayla Toney as Magenta, Jessica Camp as Columbia, Morgan Huntington in a dual role as Dr. Everett V. Scott and Eddie. As for who plays Rocky Horror…well, that’s a surprise (word in the steno pool is that it’s Jonathan Destefano…but you didn’t hear that from us!)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be screened twice on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8pm and 11:45pm. The Wood Theater is located at 207 Glen Street in Glens Falls. Tickets are $20, which will, of course, include Prop Bags…you’ve been warned!

You can purchase tickets online, at Samantha’s Cafe and Catering (11 Broad Street in Glens Falls), or on APE’s Facebook page.

Dave Bower is Co-Publisher of The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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