Telluride Theatre/Palm Arts Presents: “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Shadowcast with live theatrics!

Telluride Theatre/Palm Arts Presents: “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Shadowcast with live theatrics!

Telluride Theatre presents “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Shadowcast with live theatrics, a Telluride Theatre and Palm Arts fun(d)raiser which takes place Friday, October 28, 2022. Show is 9 p.m.; Doors at 8:30 p.m. GA seating: $20 in advance; $25 day of show. VIP Tables are $200 for four guests. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at or by calling 970-369-5669.

Go here for more on past productions of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

After a three year hiatus, Telluride Theatre is doing the time warp again with its favorite fall tradition: a live shadowcast of the science-fiction cult classic film “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The happening takes place Friday, October 28, 2022 at 9 p.m. at the Michael D. Palm Theatre.

“We are so excited to bring Rocky Horror back LIVE, to celebrate our community’s freakiness, individuality and fun,” said Telluride Theatre’s Artistic Director Sasha Cucciniello. “We have collaborated with the Michael D. Palm Theatre each year to bring this weird, wild event to our off-season.”

The evening will feature a screening of the movie itself with live theatrics performed by 20 locals. The cast features several familiar faces to the Telluride Theatre stage, as well as new faces taking the stage locally for the first time!

The film was originally released in 1975 as a parody tribute to science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s-1960s. It quickly became a cult classic. “Rocky Horror” stars such iconic performers as Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf.

“Rocky Horror Picture Show” tells the tale of Brad and Janet who are stuck in a storm with a flat tire and discover an eerie mansion belonging to the transvestite scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter.

Dr. Frank N. Furter and his minions of kinky Translyvanians overtake Brad and Janet who then lose their innocence as they’re introduced to Frank’s eccentric world of sexual innuendos, fish nets, dark humor and deviant characters, including a creepy butler and an incestuous maid.

With elaborate choreography and iconic rock songs, Dr. Frank N. Furter unveils his latest Frankenstein-esque creation: a chiseled, testosterone-fueled hunk named Rocky.

More than 47 years since the film was released, “Rocky Horror” has a large international cult following. Live shadowcasts have become a fan favorite.

This year Cucciniello is passing the director baton to Cat Lee Covert, who has performed and choreographed in previous years:

“I am so happy to have someone so capable and passionate about Rocky and to have fresh ideas with a whole new cast,” Cucchiniello said.

“Nine years after our first Rocky, and three years after our last, we are back,” Said Cat Lee Covert who has both choreographed and performed in past Rocky shadowcasts, and is now directing this year’s show. “I am very excited to add directing to the list. It’s been an interesting and fun challenge to re-envision the show while keeping with the established structure that has made Rocky Horror a funky and weird Telluride staple. We have a solid cast of returning performers, as well as some enthusiastic new local talent. While town is slowing down, we can’t wait to bring the Late Night Double Feature Picture Show to our local community.”

Audiences don’t just watch a Rocky Horror shadowcast; they experience it. Audience members are encouraged to dress in costumes, bring their own props, yell out their favorite lines and do the Timewarp, again dancing to the movie’s iconic songs.

The audience is engaged for the entire show as they are 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. Hot dogs, confetti and jello are prohibited.

Yes, we are serious.

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