Rocky Horror Show Live – Time Warp

I ran across this live video of the Time Warp from a 1997 production of The Rocky Horror Show. This was one of the most fun musical theater projects I ever worked on. I wouldn’t mind going on a tour with this show for a few years because the interaction with the audience is intoxicating.

Working on my own project I always go back and forth between “high art” and the just plain fun of a Rocky type experience. When it comes to art what’s more important – having fun or giving people a more thoughtful experience? I guess we need it all for a colorful life…

Rocky Horror Show Photos

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Photos from the Rocky Horror Show at the Lincoln Theater, Mount Vernon, WA. Presented by the Theater Arts Guild in October and November 2007. I was music director and keyboardist.

This was one of the funnest shows and best crews I ever worked with. And everyone in the cast knows it. Long Live the Lips!

Click photos for full size view

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Columbia

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Eddie

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Frank ‘n Furter

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Magenta and Riff Raff

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Narrator

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Produer Roger Ragusa ala Morocco Mole

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RHS Marquee outside the theater

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Lincoln Theater front

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RHS sets – setting up the balcony

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RHS set during construction

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RHS set front view during set-up

Lily St. Cyr

In the Rocky Horror Show musical during the “Floor Show” segment there’s a line Janet sings: “God Bless Lily St. Cyr”. I was curious what the reference was about, so here’s info about Lily St. Cyr. (In the show it is spelled Lily St. Cyre, other incorrect spellings include Lilly Saint Sear, Lilly Saint Cear and Lily St. Seer). Cyr is pronounced like “seer”.

Lili St. Cyr (June 3, 1917 or 1918 – January 29, 1999), was a prominent American burlesque stripper.

Birth name Willis Marie Van Schaack
Born June 3, 1917
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died January 29, 1999
Los Angeles, California
Spouse Ted Jordan

Early years

She was born as Willis Marie Van Schaack in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1917 or 1918. She had a sister, Rosemary Van Schaack Minsky. Her grandparents, the Klarquists, reared her and her two show business sisters, Dardy Orlando and Barbara Moffett.

Having taken ballet lessons throughout her youth, she began to dance professionally as a chorus line girl in Hollywood. Unlike other women who have stroke-of-luck stories about being plucked from the chorus line and selected for a feature role, St. Cyr had to beg her manager at the club to let her do a solo act. From her self-choreographed act she eventually landed a bit part at a club called the Music Box in San Francisco, with an act called the Duncan Sisters. It was here that she came to a revelation: A dancer’s salary was only a small fraction of what the featured star’s salary was. The difference? The featured star was nude.

From the 1940s and most of the 1950s, St. Cyr with Gypsy Rose Lee and Ann Corio were the recognized acts in striptease. St. Cyr’s stage name is a patronymic of the French aristocracy, which she first used when booked as a nude performer in Las Vegas. Though she is rather obscure today, her name popped up regularly in 1950s tabloids: stories of her many husbands, brawls over her, and her attempted suicides.

St. Cyr was married six times. Her best-known husbands were the musical-comedy actor Paul Valentine, restaurateur Armando Orsini, and actor Ted Jordan in 1955.

Career

St. Cyr’s professional career started as a chorus line dancer at the Florentine Gardens, in Hollywood. Over the ensuing years and in a variety of different venues, many of St. Cyr’s acts were memorable, with names like “The Wolf Woman”, “Afternoon of a Faun”, “The Ballet Dancer”, “In a Persian Harem”, “The Chinese Virgin”, However, Quebec’s Catholic clergy condemned her act, declaring that whenever she dances “the theater is made to stink with the foul odor of sexual frenzy.” The clergy’s outcry was echoed by the Public Morality Committee. St. Cyr was arrested and charged with behavior that was “immoral, obscene and indecent.” She was acquitted but the public authorities eventually closed down the Gayety Theatre where she performed. In the 1980s, St. Cyr wrote a French autobiography, “Ma Vie De Stripteaseuse.” In the book, she declared her appreciation for the Gayety Theatre and her love for the city of Montreal.

While performing at Ciro’s in Hollywood, (billed as the “Anatomic Bomb”), St. Cyr was taken to court by a customer who considered her act lewd and lascivious. In court, St. Cyr insisted to the jury that her act was refined and elegant. As St. Cyr pointed out, what she did was slip off her dress, try on a hat, slip off her brassiere (there was another underneath), slip into a negligee. Then, undressing discreetly behind her maid, she stepped into a bubble bath, splashed around, and emerged, more or less dressed. After her appearance as a witness, as a newspaper account of the time put it, “The defense rested, as did everyone else.” St. Cyr was acquitted.

While St. Cyr starred in several movies, an acting career never really materialized. In 1955, with the help of Howard Hughes, St. Cyr landed her first acting job in a major motion picture in the Son of Sinbad. The film, described by one critic as “a voyeur’s delight”, has St. Cyr as a principal member of a Baghdad harem populated with dozens of nubile starlets. The film was condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency. St. Cyr also had a role in the movie version of Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead in 1958. In this film, St. Cyr plays ‘Jersey Lili’, a stripper in a Honolulu night-club and girlfriend of a soldier who boasts to his pals that he has her picture painted inside his groundsheet. Regrettably, heavy edits of St. Cyr’s night-club routine by censors result in some choppy editing in an otherwise finely crafted film. But St. Cyr’s movie career was short lived, and typically she settled for playing a secondary role as a stripper, or playing herself. Her dancing is featured prominently in two Irving Klaw films, “Varietease” and “Teaserama.”

St. Cyr was also known for her pin-up photography, especially for photos taken by Bruno Bernard, known professionally as ‘Bernard of Hollywood’, a premier glamor photographer of Hollywood’s Golden Era. Bernard said that Cyr was his favorite model and referred to her as his muse.

Retirement

When St. Cyr retired from the stage she began a lingerie business in which she would retain an interest until her death. Similar to Frederick’s of Hollywood, the “Undie World of Lili St. Cyr” designs offered costuming for strippers, and excitement for ordinary women. Her catalogs featured photos or drawings of her modeling each article, lavishly detailed descriptions, and hand-selected fabrics. Her marketing for “Scanti-Panties” advertised them as “perfect for street wear, stage or photography.” St. Cyr spent her final years in obscurity and in seclusion, tending to her cats.

Death

She died in 1999 under her maiden name “Willis Marie VanSchaack” in Los Angeles.

Legacy

After St. Cyr’s death, with a renewed interest in burlesque, and especially in Bettie Page, legions of new fans began rediscovering some of the dancers in Irving Klaw’s photos and movies. During this time A&E devoted a special to burlesque in 2001 which included a piece on St. Cyr.

Influences and cultural references

In 1989, one of St. Cyr’s husbands, Ted Jordan, wrote a biography of Marilyn Monroe entitled “Norma Jean: My Secret Life With Marilyn Monroe”, in which Jordan claims that St. Cyr and Monroe had a lesbian affair. The claim is widely disparaged by Monroe biographers. The publisher of Jordan’s book, Liza Dawson, editor for William Morrow and Company, makes a more credible claim in an interview with Newsday in 1989, stating that “Marilyn very much patterned herself on Lili St. Cyr – her way of dressing, of talking, her whole persona. Norma Jean was a mousy, brown-haired girl with a high squeaky voice, and it was from Lili St. Cyr that she learned how to become a sex goddess.” Lili St. Cyr is mentioned in the musical “The Rocky Horror Show”. The final line of the song “Don’t Dream It”, (sung by the character Janet Weiss, as played in the film version by Susan Sarandon) is “God bless Lili St. Cyr!”

Filmography

* Love Moods (1952)
* Bedroom Fantasy (1953)
* Striporama (1953)
* Varietease (1954)
* Teaserama (1955)
* Son of Sinbad (1955)
* Buxom Beautease (1956)
* The Naked and the Dead (1958)
* I, Mobster (1958)
* Runaway Girl (1962)

Roger Ragusa

Mount Vernon, WA – Our own (dare we admit it?) Roger Ragusa has made good on his promise and strolled the length of Downtown Mount Vernon in his costume to generate donations for the Theater Arts Guild. He was a good sport about it and did not try to weasel out of it in anyway. By doing so he has earned $500 for the TAG general fund.

Roger Ragusa – Modern day superhero and defender of good citizens against evil. Do not let outward appearances fool you. Mr. Ragusa is rumored to be a highly trained Navy Seal and international martial arts expert. Here we see him undercover on a secret mission. He blends in with his surroundings so as to not give away his identity.

Can you spot him in this photograph? Look carefully. I’ll give you a hint – he might be between the trees.

This is not just a picture of a street corner. Roger is also camouflaged in this picture. Hint – Look between the cars. If you don’t see him at first, try blurring your eyes a bit and look deep into the picture.

Two women walking a dog on a rainy day. Or is it? Yes folks, Roger is also in this picture. This time I give you no hints, you are on your own.

During our walk a local shop owner says hello. Or is it? Yes, tricked you again. That’s no shop owner, that’s Roger Ragusa. The “invisible man” and “man of a thousand faces”.

Another street shot. Roger might be in this photo and he might not be. I’ll let you decide…

Last stop at the Lincoln Theater with a lady working at the ticket booth – HEY WAIT! That’s no ticket lady, that’s Roger again? How does he do it? We do not know…

RHS PreShow Songs

Rocky Horror Show pre-show songs, intermission and warm up song list for band and cast.

Adam’s Family – Key Bb
Bb – Cm – F – Bb

Munster’s Theme – Key Am
Am – Dm – Am G – Am (2x)
G – C – D – D B E
Am – Dm – Am E Am

In The Hall of the Mountain King – Key Dm
Dm – E/Dm – Eb/Dm – Dm – F (2x)
A – Bb A – Bb A (2x)

Funky Town – Key C
C – – – – G – C
F7 – – – – C7 (#9)

Deliverance – Key C – Banjo and Samples

Haunted Mansion Theme – Key Am
Am – B – Am – Bb – Am – F7 – Am F7(#11) – Am – E – Am

Halloween Theme – Key Dm – Intro 5/4 time then 4/4 rock
Dm – C#m – Dm – C#m
Then Jam on Dm

I Will Survive – Key Am
Am – Dm7 – G – CMaj7 – FMaj7 – Dm7 – Esus – E
Break after sax solo

Viagra (Tomorrow) – Key F
F C/E Dm Gm Am Dm Gm C
F C/E Dm Gm Am Dm Gm C
Fm Fm/Eb Db Eb – Ab Ab/G – Csus – C
F F/Eb Bb/D Bbm Gm C F
F F/Eb Bb/D Bbm Gm – BIG END – Csus C F

Stand By Your Man – Key A
A – E – Bm – E – A
D – A – B – E
A – E – Bm – E – A
D – A – – E – A

CHORUS: A – C#7 – D C#m Bm – A – F# – B – E
A – C#7 – D C#m Bm – A – E – C#7 F#7
D – E – A

Hello My Darling – Key F
F – D – G – C7 – F Abdim Gm C
F – D – G – Gm – C – F

Lyrics and Chords – Stand By Your Man

Stand By Your Man
by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill

Verse 1
A                          E
Sometimes its hard to be a woman
Bm              E7               A
Giving all your love to just one man
D
You’ll have bad times
A
And he’ll have good times
B                                E
Doing things that you don’t understand

CHORUS
A             C#
Stand by your man
D                    C#m   Bm
Give him two arms to cling to
A             F#7
And something warm to come to
B               E7
When nights are cold and lonely
S             C#
Stand by your man
D                      C#m  Bm
And tell the world you love him
A           E7               C#7       F#
Keep giving all the love you can
D     E       A    D   A   E7
Stand by your man

Verse 2
A                             E
But if you love him you’ll forgive him
Bm               E7           A
Even though he’s hard to understand
D
And if you love him
A              D
Oh be proud of him
A           E7              A    D   A   E
Cause after all he’s just a man

CHORUS
A             C#
Stand by your man
D                      C#m  Bm
And show the world you love him
A           E            E7  C#7   F#
Keep giving all the love you can
D     E  A       D    A   E    A
Stand by your man

Lyrics – Funky Town

Gotta make a move to a
Town that’s right for me
Town to keep me movin’
Keep me groovin’ with some energy

Well, I talk about it
Talk about it
Talk about it
Talk about it
Talk about, Talk about
Talk about movin

Gotta move on
Gotta move on
Gotta move on

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown

Gotta make a move to a
Town that’s right for me
Town to keep me movin’
Keep me groovin’ with some energy

Well, I talk about it
Talk about it
Talk about it
Talk about it
Talk about, Talk about
Talk about movin

Gotta move on
Gotta move on
Gotta move on

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown

Original Key: C

Rocky Horror Show LIVE opens Oct 26 2007

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THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW IS COMING TO THE LINCOLN THEATRE
Mount Vernon, WA

“LIVE” BEGINNING OCT. 26-NOV 10 2007!!!!!

Oct. 26, 27, 31 and Nov.1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 8 pm with a Midnight Show on the 10th. All seats are $20. Tickets for both at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office 360-336-8955 or 877-754-6284 more info at www.theaterartsguild.org

Theater Arts Guild Presents Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” Live at the Lincoln Theatre

Directed by Jane Skinner, with Music Direction by Conrad Askland

In association with Skagit PFLAG, the Pride Foundation and SPAC

An zany erotic adult musical of which the film cult classic,” The Rocky Horror Picture Show” was based on, Brad and Janet are an innocent young couple stranded at the home of a mad scientist intent on building the perfect man. His castle is filled with bizarre characters who worship their leather & fishnet master, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, eventually forcing Brad & Janet to examine their own sexuality and hidden desires. Based on the original stage musical by Richard O’Brien this performance comes alive with unforgettable song-and-dance numbers that have come to represent the sexual liberation of the 1970s. So fish out your fishnets, and sharpen your stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life!

The Rocky Horror Show is not appropriate for all audiences; it contains mature themes, sexual situations, strong language, and some possible nudity. No age restriction but parental discretion is advised.

Since this is an audience participation show in a historic theater we ask that no outside props are brought in but a “Rocky” audience participation pack will be sold in the lobby for $5.00 prior to the show.

Lincoln Theater Remote Wurlitzer Organ

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If you look at this picture and just see a guy standing next to an organ – I must inform you it is MUCH more than that. I have exciting news for any fans of the Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA – fans of Wurlitzer organs and fans of the Rocky Horror Show.

What are are looking at on the left is one of the oldest original functioning Wurlitzer organs in the United States. It is the house organ of the Historic Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA. The organ to the right of that is a custom built remote control organ that can control the keys and stops of the main organ from up to 70 feet away. On the right is Fred Beeks, one of the men who custom built this new functional work of art.

With the sepia tones of the photograph and old world craftsmanship you might think this picture was taken in the 1920’s – but it was taken September 18, 2007.

Several months ago I went down to the Lincoln Theater to jam on the Wurlitzer a bit. I met Fred Beeks who gave me a tour of the backstage where all the Wurlitzer pipes, cables and bellows are housed. It was an amazing thing to witness. You just don’t see that kind of complex machinery for organs much any more. If a note goes out, Fred climbs up to the rafter and hand solders the connections back in place for the organ. It’s amazing.

When I was jamming on the organ I had mentioned to Fred how much fun it would be if I could play the Wurlitzer during our upcoming production of the Rocky Horror Show. One big problem – for stage shows at the Lincoln Theater companies usually utilize the extended thrust of the stage – which covers up the Wurlitzer organ. The organ becomes under the stage and cannot be played. For me that would be a done deal, can’t be done. But not for Fred.

Fred Beeks mentioned they could make a master control unit I could use onstage to control the Wurlitzer. At the time he said I would be limited to preset stops on the Wurlitzer – just one setting. So when I walked in to see the new controller I was naturally expecting a small keyboard, perhaps on aluminum legs. I was totally blown away by what I saw.

Gene Peden, longtime organist at the Lincoln Theater, custom built a cabinet for the new controller organ. Complete with rounded legs. See the picture below for a close-up. It’s absolutely beautiful.

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Then Fred Beeks did all the custom wiring into the cabinet that Gene Peden built. The master organ now controls most all of the stops on the Wurlitzer. Now I may have the fine details a little off, Gene and Fred worked together on the project as a whole.

Here’s what you may not know about the Wurlitzer organ at the Lincoln Theater – It’s not just an organ, it also controls all sorts of live special effects on the wings and throughout the auditorium. (Details on stops and fx listed further down on this post). There are chimes down each side of the auditorium, a player piano on the stage left wing, mallet instruments on the stage right wing (all three fully visible to the audience). In the top stage left box there are percussion fx with drums and cymbals. And now all of those can be controlled remotely with this new unit – and integrated into any live stage show at the Lincoln.

So I said to Fred, “Do you realize that most of the people attending our Rocky Horror Show have never even heard of a theater organ, don’t even know they exist?” – He smiled the smile of an all-knowing sage and said softly “We know. That’s why we did it.”

A big thank you to the Lincoln Theater for making this happen. Fred Beeks, Gene Peden and facilities manager Roger Gietzen – they just don’t make ’em like you guys any more. You are the best.

And I should tell you another thing about the Lincoln Theater. Before I moved to Mount Vernon, WA I was visiting my family here and we went to see a local stage production at the Lincoln. I walked into this place and thought to myself, “What kind of community has the commitment to keep a place like this going?” – It was a theater straight out of the 1920’s – beautifully preserved. I knew there must be some big hearts in Mount Vernon, WA and Skagit County. I was right.

It takes a VERY committed community to keep the Lincoln going, and it tells tons about the passion for the arts in Skagit County. It was one of the things that made me want to move here – I hope people in City Hall pay attention to that and keep it going.

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Visit the Lincoln Theater website at http://www.lincolntheatre.org

Lincoln Theater Volunteer Organists
Fred Beeks
Ruth Ann Burley
Glen Desjardins
Gene Peden

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About the Wurlitzer Organ at the Lincoln Theatre

Wurlitzer magic keeps tradition alive

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Of the 98 Wurlitzer organs remining in their original theaters in the U.S., the Lincoln Theatre’s Wurlitzer is one of only two 2-manual, 7-rank D-2 Full Unit Orchestra models. It has a full set of organ pipes, as well as a set of ‘toys,’ the mechanical sound effects for silent movies, as well as marimbas, drums, glockenspiel, xylophone, cathedral chimes, celeste, etc., and an original Wurlitzer piano.

The Lincoln Wulitzer features seven ranks of pipes, a remote piano, and a complete sound effect system for silent films, including beats, castanets, drums, cymbals, glockenspiels, and marimbas, as well as a set of silver chimes mounted on the auditorium’s painted columns.

The Lincoln’s Wurlitzer Organ

Much work has been done by our pool of volunteer organists and technicians to maintain and repair our musical treasure.

The console has been pulled, cleaned, and rewired; several ranks have been gone through, with new leathers and blocks installed; and the “toy box” for sound effects has been rearranged for easier access and repair. All the work has been done by dedicated volunteers, including Gene Peden, Bob Martin, and Keith Thompson.

The volunteer organists who perform before each film showing are Dusan Mrak, Jeff Fox, Gene Reden, Glen DesJardins, and Ken Fenske. Thanks to all of them for keeping the theater organ tradition alive at the Lincoln!

Bohemian Rhapsody – Lyrics

Lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Is this the real life-
Is this just fantasy-
Caught in a landslide-
No escape from reality-
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see-
Im just a poor boy,i need no sympathy-
Because Im easy come,easy go,
A little high,little low,
Anyway the wind blows,doesnt really matter to me,
To me

Mama,just killed a man,
Put a gun against his head,
Pulled my trigger,now hes dead,
Mama,life had just begun,
But now Ive gone and thrown it all away-
Mama ooo,
Didnt mean to make you cry-
If Im not back again this time tomorrow-
Carry on,carry on,as if nothing really matters-

Too late,my time has come,
Sends shivers down my spine-
Bodys aching all the time,
Goodbye everybody-Ive got to go-
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth-
Mama ooo- (any way the wind blows)
I dont want to die,
I sometimes wish Id never been born at all-

I see a little silhouetto of a man,
Scaramouche,scaramouche will you do the fandango-
Thunderbolt and lightning-very very frightening me-
Galileo,galileo,
Galileo galileo
Galileo figaro-magnifico-
But Im just a poor boy and nobody loves me-
Hes just a poor boy from a poor family-
Spare him his life from this monstrosity-
Easy come easy go-,will you let me go-
Bismillah! no-,we will not let you go-let him go-
Bismillah! we will not let you go-let him go
Bismillah! we will not let you go-let me go
Will not let you go-let me go
Will not let you go let me go
No,no,no,no,no,no,no-
Mama mia,mama mia,mama mia let me go-
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me,for me,for me-

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye-
So you think you can love me and leave me to die-
Oh baby-cant do this to me baby-
Just gotta get out-just gotta get right outta here-

Nothing really matters,
Anyone can see,
Nothing really matters-,nothing really matters to me,

Any way the wind blows….

Rocky Horror Show 2007

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Theater Arts Guild presents the ageless cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show, live on stage! Brad (Matt Riggins) & Janet (Karen Pollack) take a wrong turn and arrive at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (James Padilla). Uh-oh, here come Riff-Raff (Nathan McCartney), his sister Magenta (Joey Van Pelt), groupie Columbia (Martha McDade) and Frank’s delicious creation, ‘Rocky’ (Morgan Witt). Brad & Janet, dazed in sexual confusion, are saved by Dr. Scott (Randy Pratt). Did I mention Eddie (Joe Johnson) gets euthanized?

Costuming is welcome- grab your fishnets & stilettos. RHS contains mature themes, sexual situations, and strong language! Parental discretion is advised.

Rocky Horror Show
Lincoln Theater
712 S. 1st St. – Mount Vernon, WA 98273
http://www.lincolntheatre.org
Oct 26, 27, 31
Nov 1,2,3,8,9,10
8:00 pm
$20 All Seats; All Shows
$1 Preservation Fee
Reserved Seating

SYNOPSIS:

On the way to visit an old college professor, the two clean cut kids, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss run into trouble and look for help at a light down the road. The light is coming from the old Frankenstein place, where Dr. Frank N Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments…Follow Brad and Janet on a trip they (and you) will never forget! Get ready for some fun, frolic, and frivolity. Rocky Horror is an ageless classic bursting at the seams with such memorable melodies as Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet, and, of course, the pelvic thrusting Time Warp. The Rocky Horror Show can’t stop partying! This is the boldest bash of them all, so fish out your fishnets, and sharpen your stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life!

Rocky Horror Pre Show Ideas

The ultimate guide to Rocky Horror pre-show ideas for super duper director Jane Skinner.

The purpose of the RHS pre-show, in O’Brien’s own words: “There was a pre-show party used by the cast to break down any distance between performer and spectator.

The ideas

1. Toss your Cookies!
2. Regular Regulars …
3. Spin the Tranny!
4. Copulators!
5. One liners (develop away!)
6. “The Olympic Toothbrush Competition”
7. “The Brownie Devirginization”
8. Rocky Pledges
9. Bump’N’Grind
10. The Great Virgin Licking Race
11. Pollywaffle Panache
12. The Whole Theater Sacrifice
13. Trixie!
14. Fluffy Bunny Feet
15. Crotch Racing
16. Ride the Hershey Highway
17. Bobbing For My Wiener
18. Suck and Blow
19. Chain Gang
20. Rocky Wrap Race
21. Sexual Limbo
22. Bust & Bulge
23. Suck Me Dry
24. Chair Fucking
25. Eat Me Out
26. It’s Just a Pelvic Thrust
27. Describe Your Favorite Sexual Position
28. French Twissler
29. Bra-B-Gone
30. Rocky Sex-Ed
31. Sex Toys
32. Beat the Cheat

About this List

This list was originally developed by the Fun in the Dark cast of Syndey, Australia. Stickyman (formally of The Denton Affair) found it while I was in the process of developing a pre-show idea list to add to the Denton Affair site. Later he was voted out of the cast and he asked me to take it over.
Now the list is maintained by myself (Cosmo) and Matthew Hall of Sydney.

Feel free to use any of these in your shows, all we ask is that you share with us any routines that are not already listed here to make this resource more useful to Rocky fans everywhere.

You will notice there is a wide range of preparation needed for these. A ratings system is provided so you can easily see which ones need preparation and which could be done at a moment’s notice.
# bullet One Star : Ready for instant use, just add a show!

# bullet bullet Two Stars : Needs some preparation, typically a couple of simple props.

# bullet bullet bullet Three Stars : Requires much preparation, not for the faint-hearted, batteries not included etc….

If you read this and have another idea you would like to share, just email Matthew the idea you have and we’ll include it here.

Pre-Show Structure

Here’s the basic format that’s used in Sydney. It is flexible, so when something goes better than expected or wrong they are always happy to change. It may be of some use to you too:

* Welcome to Rocky

* Rules of the theater

* Virgin selection

* Virgin Sacrifice (go crazy!)

* Pledge(s)

* Rocky Callbacks

* on with the show…

In Cincinnati things are similar, but a little different.

* Welcome to Rocky

* Teach a few callbacks

* Get everyone out into the aisles, teach them the Timewarp

* Have all virgins move to the front of the theater

* Sacrifice.

* Announce next show dates

* Start the show

Your best research will be to see as many other pre-shows as possible… just remember to **HAVE FUN**!

Good luck!
Toss your Cookies!

bullet bullet Some Preparation.

By Matthew Hall
Virgins are competing to throw 10 cookies (possibly wrapped in condoms to save on mess) into a bucket across the stage.
Their score is checked against a scoreboard with the scores listed from 10 at the top to zero at the base. An arrow is moved up this board one step for each cookie that the virgin gets in the bucket.
The numbers are assigned a range of activities from 10 – ‘Let them free’ down to zero – something really bad (depending on how outrageous your cast can be). Possible activities are : perform an orgasm as the audience’s animal of choice, get handcuffed to another virgin for the show and so on.
If appropriate you may award prizes, certificates or both to the virgins involved. Or perhaps only to the winners if you can handle that many virgins tossing their cookies in front of you 🙂
Regular Regulars …

bullet bullet bullet Much Preparation.

By Matthew Hall
This one is to help you build up and or get to know your groupies and regulars.
The groupies and regulars may (ask for | donate for | whatever) a frequent watcher card (like Popcorn Palace do) that has 10/15/20… spaces on it and possibly also a time limit (valid for 3/4/6 months – make sure there are enough shows though!). You’ll need a reasonably unique stamp (or get one made up at a local stamp shop) and have your Trixie (Usherette) stamp the cards at the beginning of the show.
Once a card is full the holder is eligible for special treatment. This will vary fairly widely from cast to cast, but possible ideas are : they’re treated like they’re a virgin again, get to play a role that night, get attached to a character as a helper (and given a set of things to do (on paper?) – help with props, be a prop, help with costuming, learn show specific stuff like screen gags or callbacks, help out backstage, get a free ticket to the theatre …)
Spin the Tranny!

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By Matthew Hall
and chris@ivanova.punk.net (Christopher J. Ambler)

From Chris:
A”Wheel of Doom” for the virgins. Essentially like a wheel-of-fortune, but with embarrasing acts written upon it. Virgins spin the wheel and perform the act, and then win a prize.

The easy ones are obvious – fake an orgasm, etc…

How about some suggestions for others?

From Matthew:
This one requires a little construction first, but can make your preshow like a gameshow (you’ll need to find your own Vanna White though 🙂

This is a chocolate wheel type machine made from whatever your props people can come up with 🙂 We use a cardboard wheel with velcro backing to stick on the carpetted wall under our screen. The center piece is a picture of a Tranny in a pose from The Time Warp with their hand pointing up (which is the pointer to show what has been selected by the wheel.) The results can be numbers or characters from the movie which themselves refer to an envelope (“The envelope please!”) which contains the actual result. This way you get to have a set of prizes, another set of punishments and whatever else.

The Tranny wheel is spun around by the choice virgin of the night, regular regular (see above) or other (as you like it). If a virgin has spun the wheel you will most likely have their result be one of the favourite virgin rites of your cast. On the other hand if it was a regular, you may have some rewards in mind.
Copulators!

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By Jessica (of Friday Insanity)
“You’ve heard of the TV show Gladiators, tell us what you think of it?”
I don’t know what your audiences are like, but here in Sydney we got a great response to this question ;^)
“So, we’ve decided to do our own show here at Rocky, it’s called ‘Copulators!'” This should get the audience at least a little lively, so now proceed with the show.
So far Jessica has used events like these, usually three is enough for a race :

* Break out from being wrapped heavily in toilet paper

* Burst as many ballons as possible

* Eat a cream pie hands tied behind back

One liners

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These have been gleaned from USENET, they may need some developing but all have great potential! I have attributed credit where possible, but I may be wrong, just email me if you know different, huh?

* A pair of virgins “eating a Twizzler as erotically…as possible” just the one Twizzler, of course! Unknown

* Suck the creamy filling out of a twinkie. Unknown

* Compelling a mixed virgin couple to open a condom wrapper…. with their teeth. From The Houston cast

* Duct-tape a particularly rambunctious fellow to the floor for the duration of the show. Much tape. From Indecent Exposure

* Make a human maze…blindfold the virgin…then the human maze goes and sits down while the virgin flails aimlessly…big laffs… From the Houston cast

* Take very sexy female virgin [hard to find!] who pulls her dress down and then up to have joy jelly licked off of her stomach by another virgin. From the Houston cast

* For reluctant virgins [and brave casts!] – I usually put a leash around one of ’em and use them as a universal prop all night as Riff – eg:cranks, levers, buttons, ladders, mike stands, chairs, Rocky’s horse, the table… Unknown

* “Demonstrate your favorite sexual position”…It worked rather interestingly seeing one timid male have two females on him at once. We did require a bit of coaching since at first one of the girls was humping his leg (?). stickyman@cosmosfactory.org (Stickyman)

* Use your imagination! Just remember to do it safe & use a groundsheet if appropriate!

“The Olympic Toothbrush Competition”

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Here’s a much fuller description (and older!) from Trog, who says he’s seen this one performed at the Nuart!

From: Trog.Martian@f856.n102.z1.fidonet.org (Trog Martian)
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 1993 13:26:18 -0800

After the person MC’ing the preshow hypes up the crowd, introducing the nth occurrance of the rare and celebrated Olympic Toothbrushing event, once again back to beat the previous time and set a new world record…

Six of us come bounding down the aisle and onto the stage, al la boxers into the ring. As the MC continues a patter and we continue bounding/limbering/warming up, a toothbrush and plastic cup of water is presented to the first of the six people in line on stage.

With an application of toothpaste and a 3-count from the MC, the first person dips the toothbrush into the water and QUICKLY begins brushing their teeth. The rest of the cast and regulars enthusiastically chant and rally-on the contestants and are quickly joined by the rest of the audience.

The first person now takes a mouthful of water from the cup, swishes, gargles, spits it all back into the cup and passes both toothbrush and cup on to the next team member in line. Who, amid cheers and cries of disgust, repeats the process.

This continues on until the still relatively full cup and toothbrush are passed to the last person in line, the venerable ‘Anchor’. The crowd is wild as the clock continues to count. The tension is high. Can the previous record be broken? The Anchor grabs the toothbrush and feverishly brushes their teeth, gargles, spits back into the cup and as the crowd explodes, DRINKS THE ENTIRE CONTENTS OF THE CUP!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Needless to say, the audience loses it at that point. And I’m pretty sure a few have even lost their lunches.

First given to me by : keightp@aol.com (Kate); “A Jump to the Left”; Tucson, AZ
Kate:”I saw it and was duly impressed by it at the 16th in Las Vegas.”
Shawn McHorse tells us that this is an old summer camp ritual!
“The Brownie Devirginization”

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From: zenin@best.com (Zenin) Date: 28 Jun 1995 04:19:48 GMT
Ingredients

* 2 Female virgins

* 2 Male virgins

* 2 Brownies

* 1 MC (can add more to liking)

* 1 audence (use the largest you can find)

* 1 stage

Procedure

Take the virgins and separate them into to groups of one male and one female. Next lay the females head to head across the front of the stage. Lay one Brownie on the croch of each female virgin. Position the male virgins on their knees(sp), one between each female and have them hold their hands behind their back.
Explain that this is a contest and the the first one to finish their brownie wins. They are not alowed to use their hands and will be disqualified if the brownie falls off.
Enjoy! 🙂
Rocky Pledges

bullet Instant Use.

From: RHPS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
General Audience Pledge:

I, State Your Name,
Pledge allegiance to the lips
Of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
And to the decadance for which it stands,
One movie, under Richard O’Brien,
With Sensuous Daydreams, Erotic Nightmares, and Sins of the Flesh for All!
And I promise to be creative and not repeat anything anyone else says.
(this makes a bit more sense for Rocky fans in the US)
Richard O’Brien’s Transylvanian Pledge:

We swear, often and loudly,
to strike a blow for glamour and frivolty,
for rock-n-roll, for six-inch heels,
for interplanetary intercourse, and for the Transylvanian Way.
Virgin Pledge from Toronto, Canada

From: gentile@passport.ca
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 96 22:18 EST
I am in the “Hey that’s not my finger!” RHPS cast in Toronto, Canada.
Here is our virgin pledge…

I virgin scum,
do here-by admit,
infront of all these people (wave),
that I am a Rocky Horror Virgin.
I wish to lose all my morals
and accept decadence into my heart.
In the name of the Frankie,
and the Rocky,
and the (swivel your hips!) hooooly Riff Raff!
(pelvic thrust)–>FUCK YOU! (audience)
Bump’N’Grind

bullet Instant Use.

From: Shawn McHorse – smchorse@ringer.cs.utsa.edu
Line up all the virgins paired off, guy with guy and girl with girl. One virgin in back the other in front. The virgin in front bends over and grabs their ankles. The virgin in back grabs their hips. They then do a bump and grind routine while the audience and cast sings the Oscar Meyer weiner song.
The Great Virgin Licking Race

bullet Instant Use.

By Matthew Hall
You will need:
A number of virgins (more than 5!), an equal number of Transylvanians/Cast, brief your cast before the show! [important]

Having selected the virgins, lead them through the Virgin Pledge [optional] and then line them up across stage, shoulder to shoulder. Also line up your Transylvanians/Cast in another similar line. The arrangement of the lines will depend on your available space, it is preferable to have both lines in full view of the audience.

Explain the rules :

* The leftmost person is the ‘starter’

* The ‘starter’ licks the face of the person to their right

* Once your face is licked, you lick the face on your right

* All licks are to be as sensual as possible

* The audience may give encouragement via a slow clap 🙂

* The first team to lick to the end of the line is the winning team

The race begins, Virgins Vs. Transylvanians/Cast. Optional embellishments are placing someone/thing in between the teams and have them lick towards the center.
Pollywaffle Panache

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By Jessica (of Friday Insanity)
You’ll need:
2 Virgins [1 male & 1 female], 2 cast, 2 pollywaffles (can you see where this is going?)

This is a battle of the sexes – who can suck the best?
Select your virgins and gain some team spirit by asking first the males, then the females in the audience to give a cheer “Suck suck suck!” for their ‘champion’ [heh heh].

Now choose one team to go first. The cast member now holds an unwrapped Pollywaffle [or other tube-shaped chocolate bar!] level with their groin and sticking out 😉 With the virgin’s team cheering them on, they are asked to suck [“Biting is Not Good”] the chocolate away.

You can decide the victor based on style, speed, audience approval etc…
The Whole Theater Sacrifice

bullet Instant Use.

From: keightp@aol.com (Kate)
“A Jump to the Left”; Loft Cinema; Tucson, Arizona
To sacrifice a whole theatre full of virgins (wow…it’s mind boggling…), simply have the group make that stick-your-finger-in-your-mouth-and-pull-it-out, champagne-cork-popping noise. It’s a marvelous simulation of all their tender little cherries popping…and truly a great effect if you can get them to all do it at the same time.
Trixie!

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From: laramary@eden.rutgers.edu (The Sub-genius)
and holly.wisniewski@the-boss.com (Holly Wisniewski)

From The Sub-Genius:
“Trixie” is from the play. She sings “SciFi Double Feature” and the reprise. She is costumed as a cigarette girl, and has a cigarette tray.

A lot of RHPS theatres have a “Trixie” that does “Scifi” before the show.
Stripping is fine. Handing out condoms is fine. There is no set rule on what should be done. There are no correct lines, and there is no one way of doing things.

From Holly:
In my theatre (Cinema 35, Paramus, of course!) we have 2 girls “do lips” during Sci Fi/Dbl Ftr. They basically do a different strip-tease every weekend, and on special occasions, our Columbia does a Trixie bit. She throws candy and condoms, she doesen’t strip; she walks around singing and seducing people in the audience.
Fluffy Bunny Feet

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From: Simon@athome.ftech.co.uk at Date: Wed, 07 Jun 95 12:48:39 PST

(We’ve made some changes here in Sydney, but the core of it is Simon’s)

1. Get the virgin to say “Fluffy Bunny Feet”.

2. Insert Marshmallow into their mouth (they’re not allowed to chew or swallow )

3. Repeat above procedure until they either:

1. Spray marshmallow everywhere

2. Can’t say “Fluffy Bunny Feet” any more

3. You run out of marshmallows

This is a fun game to play anytime!
Crotch Racing

Instant Use

From: Stickyman (stickyman@cosmosfactory.org)

A great way to get rid of a large number of virgins in a short period of time. Split your virgins up into two groups. I try to make sure that there’s a mix of males and females in the groups, but that’s not neccesary. Now have the groups move to two different areas of the theather (The aisles work well) standing in a straigt line facing forward. The virgins must now spread their legs and the virgin in the front of the line get’s on their back. When the race starts, the virgins on their back scuttles under all the other virgins until they get to the end of the line, they stand up forming the new end and the person in front drops down and scuttles under. Repeat until everyone’s gone under once!
Ride the Hersey Highway

Some Preperation

From: Stickyman (stickyman@cosmosfactory.org)

Virgins all lay on their stomachs in a row with their faces hovering over the ass of the virgin in front of them (Front most virgin either has a regular in front of them or get’s sacrificed again). Place a peice of chocolate, fudge, or other soft brown edible on each person’s ass. Virgins must eat the food off the other virgin without using their (or anyone elses) hands. Deal out new sacrifices or some other punishment for anyone who knocks the food off onto the floor.
Bobbing for my Weiner

Some Preperation

From: Stickyman (stickyman@cosmosfactory.org)

You’ll need a hotdog, a large tray, and lots of whipped cream for this one. A sheet of plastic will help if you don’t want the whipped cream on your floor and a towel or two is nice for the virgins to clean up with.

Put the hotdog somewhere on the tray and then cover the entire tray with a good deal of whipped cream. Virgins must now try to find the hotdog with their mouth.
Suck and Blow

Instant Use

From: cptfubar@whoever.com
Variations from: stickyman@cosmosfactory.org

Find something small and flat (ie. Playing card, small piece of paper, etc.). Have all your vigins line up facing the audience. Have the virgins pass the object from person to person using just their mouth. An interesting variation that requires more setup is getting a vibrator or other similar object to be passed. Overall, this is a great way to sacrifice a good number of people quickly.
Chain Gang

Instant Use

From: Stickyman (stickyman@cosmosfactory.org)

Line up all your vigins in a row, facing the person in front of them’s back. Now have everyone grab the hips of the person in front of them. Take one virgin and place them at the front of the line on their knees, holding the waist of the person in front of them, who in turn places their hands on this person’s head. Now the virgins must thrust towards one another to the beat of a song. Here in Cincinnati it’s typically the song “Chain Gang” (Note: I havne’t a clue if the cast made this up or not, it’s been around longer than I’ve been a cast member).

Rocky Wrap Race

Instant Use

From: Stickyman (stickyman@cosmosfactory.org)

You’ll need two virgins for this one, plus your Rocky’s wrap. Give each virgin an end of the wrap and when “GO” is yelled have them spin in towards each other, wrapping themselves up as they go. As soon as they hit have them spin back out. Works best if you have an extra wrap and two more virgins so you can have a clear winner to give something to (if only a nice cheer from the audience).

Sexual Limbo

From: cptfubar@whoever.com

Little twist to your Fav position game: Sexual Limbo!!!!! Get couples, mixed or same sex, to do the limbo while in a sexual position. Best one I’ve seen was a 69 position when the guy was actually able to limbo while carrying his partner. Quite a trip!

Bust & Bulge

From: cptfubar@whoever.com

Another good one (works best on college crowds) is “Bust Or Bulge” Only use this one if the crowd is in a good mood. Virgins “flash” their undergarments at the crowd, and voting takes place as to what female has the best “Bust” and what guy has the best “Bulge”

Note: We’ve found that this one actually got our crowd in a better mood in Cincinnati!

Suck Me Dry

Some preperation

From: alt.cult-movies.rocky-horror

Get a regular for each virgin. Now give each regular a twinkie which they hold in a strategic position on their body (ie. Crotch). The virgins must now suck the cream filling out.

Chair Fucking

Some Preperation

From: brap@brokenhalo.com

Chair fucks: you get a person and sit them down. then you get a person from the cast to hump them. depending on the person getting humped, you can have physical contact, or not. most of the time we don’t actually touch them, except for their shoulders. we usually perfer male on male or female on female. and depending on the responce of the person getting humped, several members from the cast will take turns on the person. When we start the chair fucking, we make a “Uh uh” sound untill we reach a mock orgasm, then take it from there…

Eat me Out

Some Preperation

From: alt.cult-movies.rocky-horror

Lot’s of casts seem to use this or a variation of it. Have a virgin set something on their lap, such as a brownie, cherry pie, hot dog, etc. and have another virgin eat it away using just their mouth.

It’s Just a Pelvic Thrust

Instant Use

From: Stickyman (stickyman@cosmosfactory.org)

Get a regular for each virgin. Now, have the virgins bend over and grab their ankles while each regular gives them 10 (or whatever number you like) thrusts. We often have the virgins switch with the regulars after they’ve been taught what to do, although sometimes we let the virgins go first so we can teach them what they should have done.

Describe Your Favorite Sexual Position

Instant Use

From: Stickyman (stickyman@cosmosfactory.org)

Have a couple virgins show us their favorite sexual position via the use of other virgins, cast, regulars, blowup doll, etc.

French Twissler (“Makes Mouths Happy!”)

Some Preparation

From: alt.cult-movies.rocky-horror

Get two virgins and a Twissler, make them eat it in the most sensual manner possible.

Bra-B-Gone

Instant Use

From: alt.cult-movies.rocky-horror

The cast at Mundelion had a good one for the women. Get two or more women and have a contest to see who can take off their bra faster without removing any clothes. Then make them chase someone to get them back! It was funny.

Rocky Sex Ed

Some Preperation

From: The Columbus, Ohio Cast

All you need for this one is a condom, some phalic item, and two virigins. Give one virgin the phalic object (Eds. note: Hot Metts work great) and the other the condom. The virgin must properly apply the condom to the phalic object. Of course we all know the proper way to do so is using just your mouth.

Sex Toys

Lots of Preperation

From: The Columbus, Ohio Cast

Bring along a big box of sex toys. Randomly pull one out of the box and give it to a virgin (or virgins depending on the sex toy) and have them show the audience how one would use it.

Beat the Cheat

Some Preperation

From: Stickyman (stickyman@cosmosfactory.org)

Ever have one of those people who loves being sacrificed so much that they show up every show during every sacrifice? Ever get a virgin who found some way of cheating to make the sacrifice easier on themselves? I’ve found a solution. All you need are a couple Fun Noodles (Pool Toy, 5 and a half feet of foam fun). I prefer having two, one for me and one for the largest most indimidating person I can find in the audience that I know. Simply bend said cheater over and beat away. Fun Noodles don’t hurt at all and they make a nice loud smack noise. Audience loves it and no one gets hurt (Well, physically at least).

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RHS Pre-Show Song Ideas

  • YMCA
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • It’s Raining Men

Prior to the start of the show, the cast interacts with the audience in pre-show banter. Members of the audience who have not attended a show before are recognized and made to feel welcome. There may be a skit performed on the stage, and the rules of the show are presented.

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Live productions can really vary….usually, the shout-outs are not as audience-driven as at the movie, and the audience interaction is more controlled. Any good production will prep the audience somehow beforehand…a printed list of what to yell, or a pre-show warm-up where they give you instructions. Sometimes extra cast act as audience members and do pre-planned shout-outs that the audience can catch on to and join in with as they are repeated. Many of the movie ones are prop-driven (the rice, for example) and won’t work in the live theatre. I googled and couldn’t find a list, but there should be something out there. And suddenly this old brain couldn’t remember any. I’ll sleep on it….

Funniest one I ever heard, at a live production in northern Virginia:

Frank ‘n’ Furter: Come on Brad! There’s no law against giving yourself over to absolute pleasure!
Audience member: There is in Virginia!!

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Ultimate Virgin Sacrifice

The ultimate virgin
sacrifice: two rows of virgins, guys in one aisle and girls in the
other, with their legs spread while a selected guy and girl virgin had
to crawl on their backs all the way up the aisle and then come back to
the front of the theatre on their stomachs, between the legs of the
other virgins (opposite sexes, of course 🙂

RHS – Vocal Parts and Orchestration Tips

For RHS music directors, vocal coaches, conductors and band leaders.

First off, let’s be politically correct: The movie is the Rocky Horror Picture Show – the stage version is simply called the “Rocky Horror Show”, or RHS.

So you’ve heard the rumor that the Rocky Horror Show scores from Samuel French do not include the original orchestrations from the movie (Rocky Horror Picture Show) and do not contain the choir background vocal parts.

Yes, this is mostly true. But before you freak out like I did – let me fill you in on how to navigate around this. It’s not that big of a deal as was presented to me. I had been told what a major orchestration job it was going to be. It’s not bad.

ROCKY HORROR SHOW MUSIC ORCHESTRATION

The scores are written by hand but very legible. They are basically chord charts with basic bass lines and chord patterns written out – with the vocal lines above the piano part. It’s about what you would expect from a jazz lead sheet. If you’ve played in cover bands and are even a little bit seasoned – you’ll be able to fill in the parts easy with a couple (or one) listens through the CD. There is nothing musically in the show that I wouldn’t have played during a typical gig at a country bar, if that helps you out a bit.

Don’t know how to play old skool rock ‘n roll piano? If you are comfortable playing “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll” then you’re fine.

If you want to really get into it, I suggest getting these three recordings for different approaches and flavors to the songs:

  1. Original Motion Picture Sounddtrack (Tim Curry)
  2. Original London Soundtrack
  3. 2000 Broadway Revival (CD cover FF has shock white hair)

I also suggest getting the RHS Audience Participation CD – It’s a two CD set that has all the audience lines. Great practice for the cast, and for directors to make sure no audience lines are being missed. All CD’s are available on Amazon.com at the time of this posting.

There are elements I like from all three versions. From the Rocky Broadway Revival you will pick up a little more zing in the instrumental parts, grooves and tempos. The characters in the remake are a little more tongue ‘n cheek – for character development I personally prefer the original motion picture soundtrack for most characters (Dr. Scott is pretty cool on the remake).

STRING PARTS: The movie has string parts. I prefer to just cover them by ear on a synth. If you add real string players you’ll need a section and your budget just went way up. If you were to chart out Violin parts I would estimate for the whole show it might take 4-5 hours (that’s including 2 hours for whining and saying “Why do I have to do this?”).

TRANSPOSITION: Because of the lead sheet format of the scores, it’s VERY easy to transpose songs. Rocky is the tough one – his part goes up to a high A. The score key for Rocky’s song “Sword of Damocles” is D – one of my recordings has lowered to the key of B. That’s a good key for most Rocky’s.

ROCKY HORROR SHOW VOCAL PARTS

It’s true, very few of the chorus parts are written in the score. BUT, the good news is because the score is basically in lead sheet style, there’s plenty of room to write in the vocal parts. It was not that much work. It took me less than three hours to score all the vocal parts for the entire show. Vocal parts are 2 and 3 part harmonies. The background vocal parts are not difficult and borderline obvious. I’m pretty fast with a pencil but c’mon, it’s not that much work.

My approach is to take all three renditions and use my favorite interpretation from each CD recording. For myself, I do not add parts that are not part of authorized productions out of respect for the writers. It’s not my job to re-write things, I’m just the MD (musical director). I learned that from conducting – don’t rewrite the scores.

Less Is More – Chart out your two and three part vocal arrangements but give individual ensemble vocalists the flexibility to choose the harmonies they want. This worked well for our ensemble. If people are in the RHS cast, they are probably very creative people. Let them use that in their part singing as well. If you need to hear a certain harmony more, ask someone to jump over. It’s a much more fun and effective approach for this show.

(For our production I would not give ensemble music, had them learn it by ear. It works well for this style of music and keeps individual voices free with the music. Highly recommended approach for this particular musical.)

TOTAL PROJECT TIME:
Writing Choir Parts – 3 hours
Chorus Learning All Parts – 3 hours.

RHS Musician Page

This is the official page for musicians in TAG’s production of Rocky Horror Show at the Lincoln Theater, Mount Vernon, WA in 2007. All info will be updated for musicians on this page.

PHOTO SHOOT
Thursday Sept. 20 – 8pm – Mark Cook Photographics

INSTRUMENTATION

Piano/Conductor – Closed
Synthesizer – Closed
Bb Tenor Saxophone – Closed
Guitar – Closed
Bass Guitar – Closed
Drums – Closed

SCORES

08/30/07 – Scores are in. Pickup at MVPres starting Tuesday 9/4/07.

SHOWS
(All shows 8pm – call time 6:30pm ready to go. Opening night call time is 5pm).

Fri Oct 26
Sat Oct 27

Wed Oct 31 – Halloween
Thurs Nov 1
Fri Nov 2
Sat Nov 3

Thurs Nov 8
Fri Nov 9
Sat Nov 10 – Closing night *MIDNIGHT SHOW ADDED!*

REHEARSALS

Thurs Sept 20 – 9-11pm – TAG Rehearsal Space
Thurs Sept 27 – 9-11pm – TAG Rehearsal Space
Saturday Sept 29 – 10am-3pm – TAG
Saturday Oct 6 – 10am-3pm – TAG
*CHANGED* Tues Oct 9 – 6-10pm – Music w/cast – TAG
Thurs Oct 18 – 6-10pm – Run through w/cast – TAG

Wed Oct 24 – 5-11pm – Load in and tech – Lincoln Theater
Thurs Oct 25 – 5-11pm – Dress rehearsal – Lincoln Theater

Lincoln Theater Location
712 South First St. – Mount Vernon, WA.

SCORE EDITS
Sword of Damocles – Key transposed from D down to B

PRE SHOW ACT I

  1. Spooky Organ
  2. Adam’s Family Theme
  3. Munsters Theme
  4. In the Hall of the Mountain King
  5. Funky Town
  6. Deliverance – Short
  7. Haunted Mansion Theme
  8. Halloween Theme Grunge
  9. Haunted Mansion Samples til ready for PreShow
  10. BEGIN PRE SHOW – I WILL SURVIVE
  11. Viagra song (Betty) One time through only
  12. Welcome
  13. Explanation and Calling Up of Virgins
  14. Virgin Pledge – All Virgins in audience also stand up
  15. Virgin Sacrifice – Onstage virgins and audience virgins standing up
  16. Orgasm Contest
  17. Rocky Pledge of Allegiance
  18. Explanation of ROCKY Protocol, cellphones off, etc
  19. “ARE YOU READY FOR ROCKY”
  20. BAND BEGINS OVERTURE
  21. R-O-C-K-Y (In overture when solo kick drum starts)
  22. Show Begins

– http://themeparks.about.com/cs/disneyparks/a/hmsong.htm

BETTY DESIRE PRESHOW

Have someone walking through audience selling condoms, like a vintage 1920’s cabaret cigar girl.

PRE SHOW ACT II

  1. Toccatta and Fugue in D minor – organ solo
  2. Stand By Your Man – band w/Peter
  3. Hello My Darling
  4. Rainbow Connection – no band
  5. Rocky Act II Overture

VIRGIN PLEDGE:
I virgin scum,
do hereby admit,
infront of all these people (wave),
that I am a Rocky Horror Virgin.
I wish to lose all my morals
and accept decadence into my heart.

VIRGIN SACRIFICE – To sacrifice a whole theatre full of virgins. Simply have the group stand and make that stick-your-finger-in-your-mouth-and-pull-it-out, champagne-cork-popping noise. It’s a marvelous simulation of all their tender cherries popping, and truly a great effect if you can get them to all do it at the same time.

ROCKY PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
I, State Your Name,
Pledge allegiance to the lips
Of the Rocky Horror Show
And to the decadence for which it stands,
One movie, under Richard O’Brien,
With Sensuous Daydreams, Erotic Nightmares, and Sins of the Flesh for All!
And I promise to be creative and not repeat anything anyone else says.

R-O-C-K-Y – (To audience) “Give me an R!” Spell Rocky. Then show begins.

CUT ******************************

TWINKIE CONTEST – Have several virgins compete to see who can suck the filling out of a twinkie the fastest. Band play “I Dream of Jeannie” theme in background.

WHEEL OF DOOM – For the virgins and regulars. A wheel of fortune, but with embarrassing acts written upon it. Virgins spin the wheel and perform the act, and then win a prize. Wheel can have numbers or pictures of characters that correspond to envelopes which contain acts. You can have one set of easy acts for virgins – and another set of more outlandish acts for regulars. Host draq queen becomes Vanna White and band plays Wheel of Fortune theme song.

FLUFFY BUNNY FEET – For onstage virgins. Get three virgins to say “Fluffy Bunny Feet”. Insert marshmallows into their mouth (they’re not allowed to chew or swallow). Repeat above procedure until they either spray marshmallows everywhere, can’t say “Fluffy Bunny Feet any more, or you run out of all your marshmallows.

Rocky Horror Show Auditions – Aug. 8-9 2007

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Mount Vernon, WA – Theater Arts Guild will hold auditions August 8 & 9, 6-9 pm at the Lincoln Theatre for “THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW”. The show will be performed Oct. 26 – Nov.11, 2007 at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, WA.

Jane Skinner will be directing and Conrad Askland will be music director and running the band. We’ve all been waiting FOREVER to do this show – it should be the party of the century. This will be one of Conrad’s last local shows before he leaves to go on tour again.

MUSIC PORTION
Conrad would like to hear one minute of a ballad and one minute of an upbeat rock song in your highest key ala “Johnny B. Goode”. If you are going for a particular role, it’s ok to sing a song from the show that your role would sing.

SCHEDULE YOUR AUDITION

AUDITION APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE BY E-MAILING Jane AT SKI@FIDALGO.NET
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT theaterartsguild.org

Rocky Horror Show Etiquette

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“Rocky Horror” Etiquette
The difference between a true RHPS fan and someone just out for a rowdy time can be seen in their manners and etiquette. Here are some guidelines that should be deemed necessary by anyone looking to perpetuate our experiences of absolute pleasure.

* Please note, this is an “interactive” show – the audience will throw “props” (see below for full description) in the theater as part of the audience participation. The throwing of rice, toilet paper, water, etc. is part of the fun. It is not meant to harm people or cause any damage to the theater.
* Never make fun of someone for “dressing up” – especially if their costume or make-up is not exact. The point is that their heart is in it and this might discourage them or others from ever returning in costume and that’s what this cult’s all about, isn’t it?
* If you portray a certain character, don’t get angry or jealous if someone else comes dressed as that character. Remember that the movie and its characters are not your exclusive property. When you think about it, any resentment is hypocritical to your own “dressing up.”
* Respect the wishes of the theater and its management. Vandalism and the breaking of rules might not only lead to your ejection, but to the closing of the film. This would only be spoiling it for everyone.
* When there are visitors from other theaters or areas, don’t try to “shout them down.” Respect the fact that they might yell different “lines.” Why, you might even find some new ones more preferable to your own.
* Calling Brad an “a**hole” and “neck lines” to the criminologist are funny in their proper place, but should not be yelled every time you see these characters’ faces. It does get boring and monotonous.

Basic List of Props and Instructions

1) Rice – At the beginning of the film is the wedding of Ralph Hapschatt and Betty Munroe. As the newlyweds exit the church, you should throw the rice along with the on-screen wedding guests.

2) Newspapers – When Brad and Janet are caught in the storm, Janet covers her head with a newspaper, “The Plain Dealer.” At this point, you should likewise cover your head.

3) Water pistols – These are used by members of the audience to simulate the rainstorm that Brad and Janet are caught in. (Now do you see why you should use the newspapers?)

4) Rubber gloves – During and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his rubber gloves three times. Later, Magenta pulls these gloves off his hands. You should snap your gloves in sync each time to create a fantastic sound effect.

5) Noisemakers – At the end of the creation speech, the Transylvanians respond with applause and noisemakers. You should do the same.

6) Confetti – At the end of the “Charles Atlas Song” reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti as Rocky and Frank head toward the bedroom. You should do the same.

7) Toilet paper – When Dr. Scott enters the lab, Brad cries out “Great Scott!” At this point, you should hurl rolls of toilet paper into the air. (Preferably Scotts brand.)

8.) Toast – When Frank proposes a toast at dinner, members of the audience throw toast into the air. (Preferably unbuttered – things could get sticky.)

9) Party hat – At the diner table, when Frank puts on a party hat, you should do the same.

10) Bell – During the song “Planet Schmanet,” ring the bell when Frank sings “Did you hear a bell ring?”

11) Cards – During the song “I’m Going Home” Frank sings “Cards for sorrow, cards for pain.” At this point you should shower the theater with cards.