By Carolyn Marnon – The Rocky Horror Preservation Society celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” the last weekend of September with a convention in New York City.
For 2 ½ years, the State Wayne has brought the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” to life on the big screen regularly. The 50th performance featuring the Michigan Rocky Horror Preservation Society was on Saturday, September 12. They presented their unique live “shadow-cast experience.” “’Rocky Horror’ and the enthusiastic shadow cast truly make this show the most unique, fun and memorable night you can spend at the movies,” said Cory Jacobson, owner of Phoenix Theaters and the State Wayne. “We had a crazy idea to try to capture this classic movie-going experience over two years ago. More than 7000 patrons have descended to Wayne for twice-monthly special showings from throughout Michigan and as far away as Chicago to relive a film from their youth or discover it for the very first time.”
The State Wayne will be celebrating “Rockytober” by presenting the show almost every Saturday in October: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and a special show on “Devil’s Night” October 30.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience is something we pride ourselves on offering to our audience,” said co-executive producer Faith Duede. “The movie is full of great songs and great dialogue, but to truly appreciate it, you really have to be a part of the entire experience. We are very fortunate to be able to provide that with a full shadow cast performing along with the movie, and the use of the props you all remember, like throwing toast, cards, toilet paper, and using squirt guns. We also have pre-film videos and a pre-show dance party. It’s an amazing atmosphere!”
What about Saturday, October 31st? On that evening, the MRHPS will be at Skateland West in Westland. They are teaming with Hush Haunted Attractions to present the live shadowcast experience beginning at midnight. Doors will open at 9:45pm and the pre-show fun will begin around 10:30pm. General admission tickets will be $10. For $30, you get the Ultimate Rocky Horror Experience with reserved front of house seating, an exclusive event t-shirt, the interactive prop bag and a pair of glow light-up glasses. Attendance is limited to adults. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic and is the longest continuously running film in cinematic history since first being released in the mid-1970s.