October 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm (Jumbled Jabbering)
Corsets and fishnet stockings. Rice and confetti. Toasts. These were only some of the props from last night’s screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Though I had seen the movie before, I had never attended a screening with audience participation, hence being considered a virgin. Thank goodness I was spared from undergoing any kind of ritual for such matters as is the case at some screenings.
For all the other virgins out there, attending the show is more about participation than plot (if there is one). Even if you don’t know any of the lines, you soon learn some of the comebacks to yell at certain moments, and you can sit back and laugh at comments from “more experienced” addicts.
I came prepared with a bag of rice, some newspapers, and a deck of cards. Added to the table were a roll of toilet paper, confetti, noise-makers, and party hats. At specific moments during the show, audience members use the props that make for a huge mess to clean up afterwards. I’m glad people were discouraged from bringing anything wet (meatloaf and hotdogs), though one table did bring water-pistols, so the newspapers sure came in handy.
The event was a smashing success, and I can’t wait until next year’s screening for which I’ll be even better prepared.