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ABOUT THE SHOW | NWI's Rocky Horror Picture Show

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a fully interactive experience and audience participation is actively encouraged at The Art Theatre! Help Me Mommy is a shadow cast, which means the movie will be running up on the screen, but performers will also be mimicking the movie on stage (and sometimes out in the aisles!). We at Help Me Mommy realize that there are people out there who have never been to a Rocky Horror show before, so this page will tell you what to expect to see at the show, as well as showing our House Rules.

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THE MOVIE
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the 1975 film adaptation of the British rock musical stageplay, The Rocky Horror Show, written by Richard O’Brien. The film is a parody of B-movie, science fiction and horror films of the late 1940s through early 1970s. Director Jim Sharman collaborated on the screenplay with O’Brien, who wrote both the book and lyrics for the stage. The film introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1973.

Still in limited release nearly 37 years after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. Rocky Horror is the first film from a major Hollywood studio to be in the midnight movie market. The motion picture has a large international cult following and is one of the most well known and financially successful midnight movies of all time. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
-taken from RHPS wiki

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THE AUDIENCE
If you have never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show performed live, you are what is known as a virgin. As an audience member, you are also part of the show, and you can dress up however you’d like (no nudity though, sorry), and you can yell call-back lines in response to what is said during the movie. Don’t know the audience participation (AP) lines yet? That’s OK, after a few shows you’ll be a pro! Also as a virgin, you’ll be in for a surprise, so don’t be afraid to proclaim your virginity at your very first show. Of course the surprise is for us to know and you to find out!

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THE CAST
Help Me Mommy started out consisting of previous Pink Invader members. The Pink Invaders were a cast based out of Merrillville, IN, and were disbanded when the theater owner & cast leader, Shawn Stutler, lost his remaining theater in 2006. In 2008, Help Me Mommy was formed, by Ed Lipinski, John Davey, & Mat Kniola, along with other Pink Invader members as well as audience members and started performing on a weekly basis at The Art Theatre in Hobart, IN.

Along with the cast leaders – who include Ed Lipinski, John Davey, & Sarah Denton — there are three different parts of the cast. There are the performers, the tech/crew, and security.

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THE RULES
There aren’t many rules at Help Me Mommy’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, but there ARE a few. Don’t throw anything at the screen. Don’t light anything on fire. Don’t throw anything at the awesome murals, onto the stage, at the lighting equipment, onto the beautiful fans, and especially not at the performers! And of course, don’t bring any alcohol, drugs, or weapons to the show!

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7 Responses to ABOUT THE SHOW

  1. Chris F says:

    Can I come there in a wheelchair? Is it accessible?

  2. Ramona Johnson says:

    It has been a good 20 years since I attended a live show. Now, I have kids of my own and they are interested in attending the Halloween show. Is it okay for 12 to 13 year olds to see and participate?

    • As we warn the audience first thing in our pre-show announcements, “This is an offensive show.” While the movie is almost 40 years old, it is still rated “R”. We cuss, the audience makes crass jokes, and we strive to wear screen-accurate costumes – which means there will be people in their underwear just like in the movie. The theatre’s rules have always been that you have to be 17 or older to purchase a ticket, however we have had parents bring their kids before. In these situations, we always tell the parent/guardian to use your best judgement.

      Our biggest show of the year is our Halloween show, which will be a Friday this year. Feel free to check out our Facebook Page for pictures of the show, as well as information about our times and special theme nights. I hope this answers your question!

  3. Caitlin says:

    Is there a show still on Saturday, November 8th?

  4. Good job says:

    Good post, keep

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