By Steve D. Stones
Until you have seen and experienced The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the big screen with a live audience, you really haven’t seen the film at all. I’ve seen Rocky Horror a billion times on my small 24 inch TV, and I really felt I was seeing it for the first time at The Peery’s Egyptian Theatre in Ogden on Saturday October 30th, 2010.
I was totally amazed at how intense and devoted the fans sitting in the audience were to the film. Participants get up and dance to “Let’s Do The Time Warp Again,” and throw rolls of toilet paper and dried rice in the air during various scenes. Some participants even shout lines at actors on the screen and dress up in costumes similar to the characters in the film.
Before the film began, a man dressed as the Meatloaf character of Eddie came out on stage on a motorcycle to crack a few jokes about local culture and politics. He presided over a costume contest where audience members dressed like characters in the film come up on stage and are judged by the screams of sitting audience members.
The Egyptian Theatre also passed out a Rocky Horror Picture Show prop bag equipped with a derby party hat, a squirt gun, dried rice, a deck of cards, a toasted piece of bread, a bell and a roll of toilet paper, among other items. An instruction flier was inserted in the bag to clue audience members when they were to use each item during the film. I suspect most participants did not need to refer to the flier because of their devotion to the film.
A special thanks goes out to the Peery’s Egyptian Theatre committee in Ogden for bringing The Rocky Horror Picture Show to the big screen. This was the most fun I have ever had going to the movies!
For further information on The Rocky Horror Picture Show, refer to the book – Rocky Horror: From Concept To Cult by Scott Michaels and David Evans.
“Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!”