“Do we have any Virgins here tonight?” The cast yelled.
“Yes!” yelled some brave members of the long line wrapped around the block outside the Oriental Theater Friday night. Members of the Sensual Daydreams cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show treated with and teased doppelganger Magentas, Frank N. Furters, and Rockys, outside before the midnight showing and play began.
Many are familiar with Rocky Horror’s particular brand of madness, but for “virgins” and onlookers, the motley group awaiting the show in torn fishnets and heels, sporting toilet paper and bags of toast, may have been mildly alarming even this near Halloween. I happened to be one of those “virgins.”
One Rocky and Magenta paid waited excitedly. Alec Muneiz’s golden Rocky shorts gleamed in the night lights cupping tightly to his butt and exposing some serious upper thigh. Mackenzie Declark’s magenta mane and impressive rendition landed her in the costume competition that night. Declark warned newbies of the night to come; pitying those without newspapers to cover their heads and would inevitably get wet via squirt gun. A mother daughter tradition, she and hers had been coming her for years, her mother being involved in the show in previous years.
Once seated, the costume contest waged well into the wee hours, the actual film not starting until nearly 1:30 a.m. In the end it came down to Jesus and the Three Fates from Hercules; Twerk champion Jesus ultimately taking the win. Several would grow tired and restless, never making it to the actual film, yet those who waited were rewarded with wild weirdness in spades.
“Brad” explained a few rules before the screening. “#2, there will be no sex in this theater, except masturbation in the bathroom. Please clean up after yourselves.” As well as absolutely no moshing during “The Time Warp.” Diehard fans knew every facetious in between line, and carried on with raucous, raunchy humor. Butts were spanked, crotches were groped, and toilet paper was thrown…”Great Scott!” In fact everything was thrown; the toast, playing cards, and bags of rice, to janitorial dismay. This was all standard Rocky Horror proceedings, yet that first rainfall of rice was truly startling.
Five year actress and two year director of the show there, Annaleigh Vytbeil posed for a few Frank N. Furter pictures in Furt’s classic black leather vest, jacket, and not much else.
A completely unique experience to accompany the classic, the show generally runs the second Saturday of every month. Brad and Janet taste the “forbidden fruit” at Frank’s mansion and leave naiveté and innocence behind with the tattered remains of their virtues. The film narrated the stage actors powerful “pelvic thrusts” through transsexual Transylvania’s misplaced creatures of the night.
They will warp their way again through a Halloween performance…with just a jump to the left, a step to the right. Put their hands on their hips, bring their knees up tight. With a pelvic thrust, that really drives you insane. They’ll do the “Time Warp” again.