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Frequently Asked Questions | NWI's Rocky Horror Picture Show

Frequently Asked Questions

INTRODUCTION

Got a question for Help Me Mommy? We may have already answered it! Before sending that email, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below.

What IS this?
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American cult musical comedy horror film, based on the musical stage production, The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien. The movie is a satirical tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1930s through early 1970s. The film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre and Belasco Theatre productions.

They show Rocky Horror in northwest Indiana? When and where is it shown?
Help Me Mommy has been performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show for over 7 years now at The Art Theatre in Hobart, IN.

The show is every Saturday night, unless we indicate otherwise! The PRE-SHOW always starts at 11:30 PM. We recommend arriving no later than 11:00 PM, so you can get good seats and don’t miss out on the ever-changing pre-show!

The theatre is conveniently located in downtown Hobart, IN. Click here for Google Maps.

Who is Help Me Mommy?
We are the premier RHPS floorshow cast based out of northwest Indiana.

What is a “floorshow cast”?
A floorshow cast is where the movie playing on the screen is combined with live actors on the stage to create a unique interactive experience which encourages audience participation. This interaction usually comes in the form of shouting out funny comments in response to lines from the movie, as well as the use of certain props at key points during the film.

YOUR FIRST TIME

Is Rocky Horror right for me?
Going to Rocky Horror is probably one of the funnest things to do for anyone on a Saturday night in NWI. Rocky Horror is a place to go where you’ll be accepted, whoever you are, and the movie can be a wonderful escape from reality for a few hours out of the week. If you’re the sort of person that can laugh at themselves, make fun of others, and generally have a good and sometimes offensive sense of humor, then you’ll fit right in.

It is also a safe environment – drugs, alcohol, nudity, and sex are not allowed at the show. However, during the evening there may be a burlesque style stripping from our Trixie, many people dancing around in their underwear and lingerie, and lots and lots of simulated sex, dildos, and sexual innuendo!

TL;DR – this can be an offensive show. The movie is still rated “R”.

Is there an age limit? Can I bring my kids?
The movie may have been scandalous and controversial when it was first released in the 70’s, but it is pretty tame compared to today’s standards. However, it is still a rated “R” movie and you must be 17 or older to purchase tickets. The show itself and audience participation are filled with inappropriate jokes, sexual humor, and enough profanity to make a sailor blush. Keep in mind, we can’t control, nor do we try to censor, our audience. Children must be accompanied by an adult and we leave it up to you to decide what is appropriate for them.

Can I buy tickets in advance? Will the show sell out?
At this time, there is no way to purchase tickets in advance. However, our one-room theatre can hold over 300 people, and we do not regularly sell out except for on Halloween.

What time should I arrive at the theater to ensure seating?
For most shows, a line usually starts forming outside the doors around 10:45 PM with doors opening at 11 PM. The pre-show starts at 11:30 PM. Feel free to hang out, purchase food & drinks from the concession stand, and take pictures with the cast before the show! If you are attending a theme night, or a Halloween show, we recommend arriving even earlier.

Ok, I want to go! What do I bring?
Bring some money! The tickets themselves are $8. Our cast sells a variety of items before our shows, and all the proceeds go directly to the cast. We sell our Survival Kits for $2 which contain all the props you need to interact with the movie and the cast. We also sell our brand new cast logo t-shirts for $20, and booster packs of 5 cards from our cast trading card game for $5! While The Art Theatre does take credit cards, our cast can only accept payment in cash.

What should I wear?
There is no dress code at our show, other than nudity is not allowed. Feel free to wear absolutely whatever you feel comfortable in – no costume is out of place at Rocky Horror. We encourage our audience to dress up for any and every show! We do have special nights where we do themed contests for audience costumes, but every show is a good time to dress up. Some people love to dress up as their favorite Rocky Horror character, and others will just put on whatever outrageous outfit they can put together. You can wear your normal clothes, a suit and tie, a Halloween costume, or a corset and underwear – it doesn’t matter whatever you choose, because you’ll still fit right in.

I heard you do weird things to new people?
Don’t be afraid – there’s a first time for everything! You’re considered a virgin if you’ve never seen a live performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a theater before. Watching it at home does not count! Just identify yourselves to a cast member before the show starts and we’ll be nice and gentle.

We always take a few moments during the pre-show to initiate all the virgins in the audience. Then we hand select a few virgins who aren’t afraid to play and have a great sense of humor. There are several different sacrifices and they change from week to week; however, we don’t do anything too intimidating or terrifying. We are VERY tame compared to other casts in the country. Having fun is always the most important aspect of the virgin initiation ceremony, so play along with us! If you are selected but you don’t want to participate, just let us know! There is no shame and we will never force anyone to do anything they don’t want to do.

I’m bringing a virgin friend/Birthday girl or boy, can you do something to them?
Sure! Make sure your friend has the “V” on their cheek and point them out to cast members during the virgin sacrifice. For the Birthday person, also make sure you talk to a cast member about having us sing the Rocky Horror Birthday song to your friend during the pre-show or dinner scene!

DURING THE SHOW

Do you have security?
Yes, the cast provides its own Security team to keep everyone safe during the show. All purses, bags, jackets, and pockets may be searched before entering the theatre. Please leave anything that you do not want found in your car.

Can I take pictures during the show?
Please feel free to! However, unless you are the cast’s photographer or have prior permission from the Officers, do not take pictures in the aisles or go up on stage during the pre-show or performances.

What shouldn’t I bring to the show?
There are a few items that we can’t allow into the theatre due to various reasons. No open flames, alcohol, wet food items (some rice and toast is OK), confetti, drugs, glitter, or water guns of any size. Security members and the theatre staff reserves the right to confiscate items and may return them to you at the end of the show. Failure to follow the cast and theatre’s rules will result in ejection from the show without a refund.

MISCELLANEOUS

Do you have theme nights?
We certainly do! Since we are a weekly performing cast, we usually plan at least 10 theme shows a year. You may see theme nights advertised for things like Zombie Night, Science Fiction Night, or our ever popular Kung Fu Night. Simply check our Upcoming Shows Page for more information, as we always advertise theme nights. There will always be a costume contest during the pre-show on theme nights.

How do I join the cast?
We perform The Rocky Horror Picture Show every Saturday because we love it. Have you decided that you love it, too? Would you like to join our cast?

We are always looking for new performers! We may also be looking to get more people to join our Security and Props/Lighting Crew.

Simply ask a cast member at the next show you attend about talking to a cast officer. It really is that easy!

Where can I park?
Parking is free all around the theater. You can park on the street in front of the theater, in the larger parking lot behind the theater, or in parking lots behind other businesses on Main Street. There is a parking lot next to a church about a block away that you can park in safely as well at night.

Are there any restaurants around the theater?
There aren’t any restaurants open very late at night close to the theater, but if you are over 21 years old, the bar next door, Cagney’s, does sell actual food until around 11:00 PM.

Is Help Me Mommy available for hire?
Yes! Please use our contact form and send us the following information:

  • Name of Event and a Brief Description
  • Performance Venue Location
  • Date and Time
  • Maximum Occupancy

I’m a member of the press with questions about your show, who do I talk to?
Again, please use our contact form for all press inquiries. This form not only sends your email to the webmaster but also forwards it on to all three of our Cast Officers.

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2 Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Shane says:

    I have a question, i was wondering how did you start doing the RHPS at your local theatre? because this is really interesting and i would like to do the show with some friends of mine

  2. Shane says:

    I have a question, i was wondering how did you start doing the RHPS at your local theatre? because this is really interesting and i would like to do the show with some friends of mine.

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