‘Rocky Horror’ being shown on screen, stage at Ohio TheatreWritten by Michael Miller | Editor in Chief Emeritus | email@example.com
It happens to newlywed couples all the time, right?
Their car breaks down after their wedding. Drenched after walking in a rainstorm, they find their way into a nearby castle to find a transvestite mad scientist soon to unveil his latest creation. And, of course, they meet his most recent creation (who is later frozen by the good doctor), along with a cast of, to say the least, interesting characters from the planet Transsexual.
Full of drama, suspense, sexual innuendoes and plenty of song and dance, it all ends with the death of the beloved transvestite and a happy-ever-after for the newlyweds.
Back in time for Halloween, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will make two appearances at the historic Ohio Theatre, 3114 Lagrange St.. Doors open at 11 p.m. on Oct. 31 and
Nov. 1, with the show starting
“It’s the only time of the year when we allow people to trash the theater,” said R. Michael Nelson, president of the historic Ohio Theatre. “Rice, squirt guns … you name it, it’ll be there.”
While the show will be on the big screen, the Bowling Green-based group Fuzzy Memories will be acting it out on stage. Most of the Fuzzy Memories cast of 30 have been performing the show regularly the past 12 years, according to general manager Crystal Wisner. Wisner has portrayed nearly every character, but primarily the role of Columbia.
Wisner’s aunt also portrayed Columbia as an actress, and, as Wisner became interested in performing in the live shows, he decided to “keep it in the family.”
Josh Shriver of Oregon, who grew up in West Virginia, first saw “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” when he was 16 or 17.
“Being a teen, it was one of the things a larger group of us had in common. It was like going to a football game. We hung out, sang, made jokes and had a great time,” Shriver said. He stopped counting at 38 the number of times he has seen the movie.
Shriver said the movie’s music is also a fond memory — and even made its way into other activities. In high school, Shriver was a member of Technology Student Association (TSA).
“My first year in the TSA and every year thereafter, it became a custom to do the Time Warp during the dance after the award ceremonies at competitions. Doing the Time Warp is still one of my happiest memories from childhood — working all year, competing and blowing off some steam with friends and fellow competitors while doing a funny yet silly little dance,” Shriver said.
Wisner said watching Rocky Horror is a form of escapism.
“You don’t have to be yourself when you see it,” she said. “You can dress up as one of the characters or wear any other costume. As adults, we do not get enough time to play and be kids. Watching Rocky Horror is a release to be a kid again.”
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance. For information, call the Ohio Theatre at (419) 241-6785.
Information about the show can also be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.