What Kind of a Place *is* this? – FAQs

Got a question for us? We may have already answered it! Before sending that email, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below.

GENERAL INFO

 

What IS this?
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American cult musical comedy horror film, based on the musical stage production, The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien. The movie is a satirical tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1930s through early 1970s. The film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre and Belasco Theatre productions.

 

Who is Completely Crazy?
We are the floorshow cast for the only weekly showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the greater Chicagoland area.

 

What is a “floorshow cast”?
A floorshow cast is where the movie playing on the screen is combined with live actors on the stage to create a unique interactive experience which encourages audience participation. This interaction usually comes in the form of shouting out funny comments in response to lines from the movie, as well as the use of certain props at key points during the film.

 

YOUR FIRST TIME

 

Is Rocky Horror right for me?
Going to Rocky Horror is an experience that everyone should have, at least one. Rocky Horror is a place to go where you’ll be accepted, whoever you are, and the movie can be a wonderful escape from reality for a few hours out of the week. If you’re the sort of person that can laugh at themselves, make fun of others, and generally have a good and sometimes offensive sense of humor, then you’ll fit right in.

It is also a safe environment – drugs, alcohol, nudity, and sex are not allowed at the show. However, during the evening there may be a burlesque style stripping from our Trixie, many people dancing around in their underwear and lingerie, and lots and lots of simulated sex, dildos, and sexual innuendo!

Note: This can be an offensive show. The movie is still rated “R”, even after all these years.

 

Is there an age limit? Can I bring my kids?
The movie may have been scandalous and controversial when it was first released in the 70’s, but it is pretty tame compared to today’s standards. However, it is still a rated “R” movie and you must be 17 or older to purchase tickets. The show itself and audience participation are filled with inappropriate jokes, sexual humor, and enough profanity to make a sailor blush. Keep in mind, we can’t control, nor do we try to censor, our audience. Children must be accompanied by an adult and we leave it up to you to decide what is appropriate for them.

 

Can I buy tickets in advance? Will the show sell out?
Advance tickets are (usually) available beginning on Tuesday of every week, at Hollywood Blvd’s Website. However, Hollywood’s Red Auditorium (where we perform) can hold over 200 people, and we do not regularly sell out except for on Halloween.

 

What time should I arrive at the theater to ensure seating?
For most shows, the lobby opens at 10:45pm for early arrivals.  You and your friends should arrive early, and grab a drink (or some food) from the wonderful staff.  The auditorium begins seating at 11:45pm, and the show starts promptly at midnight!  Make sure you’ve got your butt in the seat by then – you don’t want to miss even a moment!

 

Ok, I want to go! What do I bring?
Bring some money! The tickets themselves are $8.00.  Due to theater restrictions, we cannot allow outside props into the theater, but we do sell Survival Kits to insure that you still have the ability to throw toilet paper, toast, and more!   The kits sell for $3.00 each, or you can buy two (2) for $5.00!

 

What should I wear?
There is no dress code at our show, other than nudity is not allowed. Feel free to wear absolutely whatever you feel comfortable in – no costume is out of place at Rocky Horror. We encourage our audience to dress up for any and every show! We do have special nights where we do themed contests for audience costumes, but every show is a good time to dress up. Some people love to dress up as their favorite Rocky Horror character, and others will just put on whatever outrageous outfit they can put together. You can wear your normal clothes, a suit and tie, a Halloween costume, or a corset and underwear – it doesn’t matter whatever you choose, because you’ll still fit right in.

 

I heard you do weird things to new people?
Don’t be afraid – there’s a first time for everything! You’re considered a virgin if you’ve never seen a live performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a theater before. Watching it at home does not count! Just identify yourselves to a cast member before the show starts and we’ll be nice and gentle.

We always take a few moments during the pre-show to initiate all the virgins in the audience. Then we hand select a few virgins who aren’t afraid to play and have a great sense of humor. There are several different sacrifices and they change from week to week; however, we don’t do anything too intimidating or terrifying. We are VERY tame compared to other casts in the country. Having fun is always the most important aspect of the virgin initiation ceremony, so play along with us! If you are selected but you don’t want to participate, just let us know! There is no shame and we will never force anyone to do anything they don’t want to do.

 

I’m bringing a virgin friend/Birthday girl or boy, can you do something to them?
Sure! Make sure your friend has the “V” on their cheek and point them out to cast members during the virgin sacrifice. For the Birthday person, also make sure you talk to a cast member about having us sing the Rocky Horror Birthday song to your friend during the pre-show or dinner scene!

 

DURING THE SHOW

 

Do you have security?
Yes, the cast provides its own Security team to keep everyone safe during the show. All purses, bags, jackets, and pockets may be searched before entering the theatre. Please leave anything that you do not want found in your car.

 

Can I take pictures during the show?
Please feel free to! However, unless you are the cast’s photographer or have prior permission from the cast themselves, do not take pictures in the aisles or go up on stage during the pre-show or performances.

 

What shouldn’t I bring to the show?
There are a few items that we can’t allow into the theater due to various reasons. No open flames, alcohol, outside food or beverages, confetti, drugs, glitter, or water guns of any size. Security members and the theater staff reserves the right to confiscate items and may return them to you at the end of the show. Failure to follow the cast and theater’s rules will result in ejection from the show without a refund.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

How do I join the cast?
We perform The Rocky Horror Picture Show every Saturday because we love it. Have you decided that you love it, too? Would you like to join our cast?  We are always looking for new performers! We may also be looking to get more people to join our Security and Props/Lighting Crew.

Simply ask for a cast or crew application at the end of the show – It really is that easy!   We do ask that you’ve attended our show at least a few times before you join, but we’re always happy to grow our Rocky Horror Family!