About The Rocky Horror Show
About The Rocky Horror Show
"The Rocky Horror Show" premiered on stage at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in London, United Kingdom, on June 19, 1973. It was written by Richard O'Brien, who also played the character of Riff Raff in the original production. The show's initial run was met with mixed reviews but soon developed a cult following, leading to its eventual adaptation into the cult classic film, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," in 1975.
The story follows a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, stranded in a mysterious mansion after their car breaks down. The mansion is inhabited by an eccentric group of characters, including the sweet transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter, his loyal servants, and a host of other colorful individuals. The story combines elements of science fiction, horror, and campy humor.
The show features a catchy soundtrack filled with memorable songs, including "Time Warp," "Sweet Transvestite," and "Dammit Janet." Its themes of sexual liberation, self-acceptance, and embracing one's desires have resonated with audiences over the years.
What sets this unique show apart is its interactive and participatory nature. Audience members often dress up as characters, shout out lines, sing along, and engage in various rituals and traditions during screenings. This interactive experience has made the movie a beloved midnight show, with regular screenings accompanied by live performances, prop usage, and audience callbacks.
"The Rocky Horror Show" has become a cultural phenomenon and has remained popular for decades, inspiring a dedicated fan base. It continues to be screened regularly at theaters and has even spawned shadow cast performances where actors perform alongside the film, mimicking the actions and dialogue onscreen.
The show's influence can be seen in its impact on popular culture, with references and homages appearing in various films, TV shows, and music. It remains an iconic and unique piece of entertainment that has captivated audiences with its blend of camp, music, and interactive experience.
Spotlight Arts Collective
Established in 2017, Lincoln-Way Theatre Guild produced many successful productions and supported charitable causes throughout the community. Since 2020 under the the new name of SPOTLIGHT ARTS COLLECTIVE, our Governing Board is excited to produce diverse theatrical and musical productions. The vision of Spotlight includes a wide array of performing and fine arts events expanding past our theatrical roots. The creative endeavors of Spotlight will continue to raise money for charities, scholarships, and other philanthropic pursuits in the community.
Spotlight Arts Collective is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization #81-5459866