This past Saturday, Halloween night, I attended the final annual production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the historic Vista Theater in Negaunee Michigan. This production is unlike any other, from the set to the costumes and the audience participation, you are always in for a treat and maybe a few tricks. This year was a great one, the house was sold out! As the whistle blew and the lights dimmed we all took our seats and prepared for the show yelling “WE WANT LIPS”. Four girls came down the aisle of the audience in their skimpy usher costumes and flashlights singing the opening song “Science Fiction”, the crowd cheered and started singing along. The show starts off in a wedding scene and everyone in the crowd throws rice. After the wedding scene they sing “Damn it, Janet” but in the middle of the song a young man dressed as the Joker from Batman got on the stage stopping the production in its tracks and sending the actors off the stage. He pulls out a piece of paper reading something along the lines of “Two years ago here at The Rocky Horror Picture Show I met the most beautiful girl in cat ears. Now we have a beautiful baby girl.” he went on to bring her on the stage and got on one knee. He proposed, and she said yes! It was so lovely I almost cried. When they got off the stage the play continued. One of the funnest parts of the play is getting up and dancing, doing the “Time Warp” and no matter if it was your first or your tenth time going to the play you know how to do the dance, because the directions are in the song and it’s a blast!
In my opinion the best part of the show is during the song “Sweet Transvestite” when you meet the character Frankenfurter, the mad scientist from the planet Transylvania, originally played by the actor Tim Curry in the movie. In the play he played by local favorite Bobby Glenn Brown who has been portraying Frank N Furter for many years noting in the play he has done one hundred and forty eight performances. When Bobby “a.k.a.” Frank arrives on stage the crowd went wild, hooting and hollering “We love you Bobby”. The energy in the crowd was amazing. This year at The Rocky Horror Picture Show the cast and crew put their heart and soul into everything, the music, the costumes, and the set, giving it all they had for one last hoorah!