Let’s do the Time Warp again

If you have heard of it, seen it and love The Rocky Horror Picture Show, you have a chance Thursday night to do the Time Warp again.

The second annual midnight screening of the cult classic with a shadow cast by the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is the perfect opportunity to learn how.

The set-up is simple: the 1975 film studded with stars like Tim Curry and Meatloaf will play behind a set of actors performing with the movie, called a “shadow cast.”

The actors will be screaming, dancing and running down the aisles, sometimes with the movie, sometimes in response to it.

Not only are there actors performing, but the audience is also encouraged to interact with the movie by shouting and throwing props from the approved goody bags available at the show.

Simple enough, right? The movie, however, is not.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is perfectly summed up as “a parody of science fiction films,” said Emma Chu, who is playing Magenta. “And rock music,” said Anne Brown, who will portray Eddie.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show explores sexuality and challenges the “normal” standards of society. The message is timeless — so much so that, 40 years later, midnight showings still showcase its bizarre beauty and outrageous characters.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show is ahead of its time; it shines a light on the freaks of society and celebrates their quirks,” said Aquasha DeLusty, a Moscow community member who will portray Dr. Frank N. Furter.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a parody, but it also addresses more serious topics, like acceptance of all gender identities and sexualities.

“Tim Curry (the actor of Dr. Frank N. Furter in the film) said that The Rocky Horror Picture Show comes back to the lyric ‘don’t dream it — be it.’ As in don’t watch life, go out and take it,” said Blake Johnson, the director of the GSA shadow cast.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is about acceptance. Everyone is extraordinary, weird and odd. It embraces and encourages these oddities and teaches the audience that they can, too.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show symbolizes ease of person, ease of character, and gives the audience the ability to express themselves,” said Danielle Chiriguayo, the chair of the GSA.

The evening will begin with a costume contest at 11 p.m., with the production beginning at 11:50 p.m., Thursday in the CUB Auditorium. Tickets are $8 at the GSA table on the Holland-Terrell Mall or $10 at the door. Visit the “Gender and Sexuality Alliance Presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show ‘Shadow Cast’!” Facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/1652495288364990/.