Rocky Horror audience participation lines

October 7, 2015
Rocky Horror Show

Novant Health logoOctober 29-31 and November 5-7, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Richard O’Brien

Directed by Justin Dionne

Musical Direction by Adrian Smith

Sponsored by

& Bill & Cora Greene

Join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of this cult classic film!

Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

CAST

USHERETTE/MAGENTA – Chelsea Retalic
BRAD – Matthew Monte
JANET – Gabrielle Stephenson
NARRATOR – John Snell
RIFF RAFF – Marc Anderson
COLUMBIA – Emily Owens
FRANK N’ FURTER – Daniel Brown
ROCKY – Jon Leach
EDDIE – Robert Van Geons
DR. SCOTT – Christopher Barcroft

PHANTOMS
Terrence Henderson
Addison Bevis
Karina Moran
Eric Bowen
Maggie Maxwell
Amy Bartram
Beth Bentley

All performances at the Lee Street Theatre & Performing Arts Center at the Tom & Martha Smith Event Center. 329 N Lee Street, Salisbury, NC 28144

THE LEE STREET THEATRE GUIDE TO AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

WARNING – SOME ADULT LANGUAGE AND CONTENT AHEAD

Audience Participation started back in the 1970’s. Originally only for the movie, the ‘AP’ has become a part of the stage show as well. Fans have been dressing up, shouting back lines and singing along to the show for forty years now.

Audience participation should always be complementary to the show, never just shouting out lines for the hell of it. The following two responses will get you started in the wonderful world of talk-back.

  • Brad is referred to as an ‘Asshole’, when his name is mentioned in the dialogue by the Narrator this is the correct response.
  • Janet on the other hand is referred to as a ‘Slut’.
  • Don’t go shouting out ‘Slut’ and ‘Asshole’ all the times their names are said by other characters or during the songs though. That’s never worked and you’ll look an idiot.

There are hundreds of talk-back lines that have been used over the years, and more are created by the audience at every show. There is no such thing as a definitive Audience Participation script as often call back lines are topical – Rocky being called a Pokemon worked in 2000, but isn’t so funny now. To paraphrase the great philosopher Roger Rabbit, ‘it only works if its funny’.

It should be noted that many lines that are used at the film screenings don’t translate to the stage productions. Shouting ‘where’s your neck?’, for instance, to every narrator just doesn’t work as, unlike Charles Gray in the film, most do seem to have one.

ETIQUETTE

“Etiquette?” I hear you cry – “at a show with the principle of ‘Don’t dream it, be it?’”. Yep, there still are a few things to bear in mind when you are partaking in the Rocky experience.

The idea of Rocky Horror participation is to have fun, not disrupt the show. The following guidelines will help you and the other members of the audience to enjoy the show to the maximum pleasure level.

1.If you are dressing up for the show, don’t criticize other people’s costumes. Everyone has the right to wear whatever they wish. Some people make carbon-copies of the stage costumes, others take a more abstract approach. Some don’t dress up at all.

2.Talk-back lines should be used to add to the Rocky experience, don’t try to shout down other people, they might know some better lines, the best lines are the unexpected, especially if the cast start to giggle!

3. For safety reasons, the only props allowed in the theatre will be the audience participation kits sold in the lobby prior to the show. Please note that it is considered very bad etiquette to throw something onto the stage, it could mean that the show is canceled and a hundred fans turn on you in an instant!

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