Telluride Theatre & The Palm: "Rocky Horror Picture Show," 10/25!

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” movie with LIVE theatrics by Telluride Theatre is a fundraiser for the company and for The Palm Theatre. The happening takes place Friday, October 25, starting at 9 p.m., at The Palm. Tickets are $20 now or $25 at the door for GA; $150 for a VIP tables that seats four with cocktail service, a bottle of bubbles, Rocky Horror goodie bags, and other surprises. Buy tickets here or call 970-369-5669. Cash bar with beer, wine, and other fun concoctions.

Scroll down to watch the trailer to the movie.

The book is ludicrous. A young couple stumbles into a castle inhabited by weirdos from the planet Transylvania including Dr. Frank N. Furter, a transvestite Frankenstein in rhinestone heels. The music of this sci-fi satire is unforgettable. Tunes such as “Time Warp,” “Dammit Janet,” “Toucha Toucha Touch Me,” “Over at Frankenstein’s Place,” “Sweet Transvestite” are addictive.

Beware – or be in tune.

Like many cult classics, “Rocky Horror Show” is clearly anything but mainstream. In fact, it is the mother of twisted invention, a sexual anthology set to song and dance, written for the stage by Jim Sharman. (The screenplay was written by Sharman and actor Richard O’Brien.)

The musical, which first opened on the London stage in 1973, was hailed by prominent British critics as the “The Best Musical of 1973.”

(No big surprise. Brits are notoriously kinky.)

However, when the movie was first released in September 1975, it tanked, despite a star-studded cast including Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Meatloaf, and many more. But one short year later, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” was playing to packed houses at midnight shows across the country and around the world. Audiences dressed up like the characters, acted out segments, yelled rude comments to the stage or screen, threw rice at the wedding, put newspapers over their heads against the rain.

For “Horror” virgins, The “Rocky Horror Show” moves through celluloid darkly. The movie is an homage to cheesy 1950s B-flicks. Think Ed Wood on a bad hair day. Now set it to music. “Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire.” (And hit the anatomical reference hard.)

This marvelous musical spoof urges you to “Give yourself over to absolute pleasure.”

And why not?….

“Rocky Horror” is a great warm up for Halloween. (Therefore, costumes are highly encouraged. And that’s traditional.).

Sooo… Several incarnations (and now 40+ years later), folks, many much older now, still tramp back into theaters, wearing rain gear and armed with stale pieces of toast and water pistols. Follow the crowd on Friday, October 25, when Telluride Theatre brings it all back, this time to the Palm Theatre for one memorable night only.

“It’s such a weird, wild movie,” said Sasha Sullivan, artist director, Telluride Theatre. “It celebrates diversity; it celebrates fun; and it celebrates freakiness. I love doing it in Telluride because it brings out the same things in our town.”

Sullivan continues, “We really want to create a big party. Get dressed, have some drinks, and be raucous. What’s better antidotes to the headlines than singing along, dancing in the aisles, and participating in this wild event?”

Remember, the audience is engaged for the entire show and encouraged to spray water, ring bells, put on party hats, snap rubber gloves, throw things playing cards, toilet paper and rice, and of course, dance. It is all part of the interactive nature of the shadow cast.

If you are an experienced Rocky viewer come prepared. 

That said, hot dogs, confetti, and jello are strictly prohibited.

(Yes, we are serious.)

To get in the mood for ludicrous and lewd, watch this trailer:

And if you are a Rocky Horror virgin:

If you haven’t seen a Rocky Horror Show before, you’re in for a unique treat. But just in case you’re a little nervous about your first time, here are a few things TRHPS’s Official Fan Site recommend you know before you go….

1. The only things you really need bring to the show are your sense of humor and some money for tickets. A group of friends is nice as the showings tend to be rowdy and rowdy is better with friends. (Don’t read too far into that.)

2. Props: Costumes always make the show better but wear whatever you’re comfortable in. Bring rice to throw for the wedding scene.

3. Whenever you hear the name “Brad Majors,” yell “ASSHOLE.”

4. Usually, theaters will have some sort of virgin ritual which almost always only includes 2 virgins. Since at any one time, an audience can consist of 25%-50% virgins, it is not likely that you will be chosen for this harmless ritual (well, usually harmless, it varies by theater!) But if you don’t want to be chosen, just point to your nearest neighbor. That usually takes care of it

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