/It’s just a jump to the left!

It’s just a jump to the left!

Raymond Robinson

Managing Editor

McMorran Theater gave in to absolute pleasure as Richard O’Brien’s “Rocky Horror Show” had audiences throwing rice and doing the “Time Warp” again.

If you have only seen “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with Tim Curry, you could get more than you bargained for. When you see “The Rocky Horror Show” live the joys of audience participation will chill you, thrill you and fulfill you.

The Rocky Horror cast doing the fan dance during their performance
The Rocky Horror cast doing the fan dance during their performance. Photo by Jenny Walker

The audience is encouraged to participate while they watch the action on stage. Audience participation includes throwing rice during the wedding of Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss, as well as using water pistols & newspapers as they are walk through the rain. For those who don’t know the props needed for the show, lists can be found online.

Other audience participation activities involve verbally tormenting various characters throughout the play this happens in ways such as calling Brad an “a**hole” and using colorful words to describe what they think of Janet.

The cast included the shows director Peter M. Howard as Dr. Frank-n-furter, a scientist and local WBTI disc jockey Sean Michaels who kept the stage show history alive by playing both the roles of Eddie and Dr. Scott.

Peter Howard as Dr. Frank-n-furter before dying on stage. Photo by Jenny Walker

With being a first timer or a “Rocky Virgin,” I wasn’t sure what I was in for. The movie and stage show are very similar with dialogue and dance numbers. However a difference that surprised me was when I saw “phantoms” floating through the theater during the show to engage the audience further. The phantoms serve as background singers as well as extra players.

It was when the Narrator, played by G.G. Royce, broke the fourth and jokingly called out one of the audience members for their comments that made the experience come together for me.

Getting the opportunity to be backstage and see the chaos of creation, ranging from make-up to costumes, gives the general audience member a newfound respect for the craft of theatre. Some make-up or costume jobs like Riff Raff, played to the hilt by Paul Zimmer, take mere minutes to get prepared and can be done by the actor, but others such as Dr. Frank takes nearly two hours and needs the help of production crew members to make their costume complete.

Bob Hope, 68, of Port Huron thought the show was “Really Good”.

After experiencing this science fiction double feature I look forward to doing the “Time Warp” again.