Let’s do the ‘Time Warp’ again

Student actors will perform revolutionary spoof from 1970s, using Kenworthy as their platform



Jackie Hamblen as Magenta, left, Sarah Baker as Columbia, center, and Stacey Holbrook as Riff Raff perform the “Time Warp” during their rehearsal Sunday night at The Moose Lodge in Moscow.

CHLOE GRUNDMEIER, Evergreen reporter

Cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has been brought to life through shadow casting, a form of acting that adds a fourth dimension to the show, all over the country and even on the Palouse. The Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre will host its Rocky Horror Picture Show event with a community shadow cast this weekend to help inspire conversation.

“When I first saw it, it scared me,” said Aquasha DeLusty, Rocky Horror director and shadow caster of mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter. “It was super confusing, and I didn’t understand why the show was so big. I watched it again and I just got it. Really good theater challenges peoples’ mindsets and I know as long as this show has been around, it’s been helping change mindsets for the better.”

The Rocky Horror film was released as a spoof of sci-fi, romance and musical theater movies of the time in 1975, a translation from the stage production of a similar name out in ’73, according to an article published on Vulture.com. The film became a cult classic and attendees wrote their own vulgar script to interact with the show more.

“This is an experience,” DeLusty said. “If you’re in the theater, you’re interacting. We won’t force anything, but if you want to, you’re encouraged to. [The shadow cast] is the fourth dimension, we’re in your lap if we need to be.”

Andrea Falk, University of Idaho junior majoring in music education, plays Janet in the shadow cast. This is her second time being a part of Rocky Horror. She said it’s one of the best things she’s been involved in.

“Rocky Horror is a great way to test the waters with a lot of things, like drag or costumes or acting, and getting out of your comfort zone without making yourself too uncomfortable,” Falk said. “I definitely was not comfortable being half naked in front of so many people before I was a part of this show, so it can teach you a lot.”

The film also challenged the traditional gender binary as it was one of the first mainstream films to include a character who did not fit into either category, according to Vulture. Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter portrayed masculinity and femininity in a way that hadn’t been seen before, and thus the film became an LGBTQ+ relic.

“Even if people get offended, it ignites a conversation. Growth doesn’t come without discomfort,” DeLusty said. “Nobody is 100 percent one thing, it’s a spectrum. Nobody is one solid color, they have a little bit of every other color mixed in, whether they want to admit it or not. It’s good for those who are uncomfortable because it shows them where they need to grow.”

The Kenworthy, located at 508 S Main St. in Moscow, will host “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a shadow cast at 9 and 11:59 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $12 for all seats, including all props audience members might need.

“Rocky Horror is different and it’s a cult and it’s creative and it brings out everything that’s really you,” Falk said. “You can be everything you really are but a little zanier with this show.”