This interactive experience of the cult classic is a must-attend event that will transport you to a world of delightful madness
So there I was, folks, in the heart of La Habra at this tiny local theater tucked away inside a historic train depot. And what was happening? Oh, just your average SOLD OUT PERFORMANCE of a mind-bending, booty-shaking, corset-sporting extravaganza known as the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The atmosphere crackled with “antici… pation”, like an electric shock from Dr. Frank-N-Furter's lab. Let me tell you, dear readers, attending this shindig was more fun than a barrel of transsexual aliens.
And let's not forget the venue itself—the intimate setting made it feel like we were all in this together, as if we were part of a secret society of misfits and miscreants. The venue's quirky character perfectly complemented the show’s spirit and allowed for a more intimate connection between the performers and the audience.
It's a place where societal norms go off the rails (pun intended) and joyfully crash into a world of glorious chaos.
Get ready to unleash your inner wild side and embrace the night.
The newly engaged couple Brad and Janet seek shelter from a storm and stumble upon the mysterious castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They become entangled in a wild and risqué evening filled with unconventional characters, outrageous musical numbers, and gender-bending revelry. As their innocence is challenged and their desires awakened, Brad and Janet must navigate the surreal world of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his eccentric entourage, all while trying to find their way back home before dawn breaks and reality sets in.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION & PROPS
Audience participation is a cornerstone of the Rocky Horror Picture Show experience, and this performance embraced this tradition with gusto. Shouting iconic lines at the screen? Check! Tossing toilet paper during Dr. Scott’s intruder scene? You betcha. It was a wonderfully chaotic yet inclusive atmosphere, where newbies and seasoned fans alike could join in the revelry without fear of judgment.
To my delight, the theater also offered $5 prop bags for sale, which contained an assortment of items to enhance the interactive experience. From keychain lights for the “There’s a light scene” to party hats for Rocky’s BIRTH-day, these props amplified the sense of camaraderie among the audience and brought an added layer of immersion to the performance.
The “Virgin Sacrifice” refers to a unique and interactive tradition. Audience members who have never seen the show with a live cast are considered "virgins" to the experience and are invited to participate in a playful ritual known as the “Virgin Sacrifice.”
Typically, before the film begins, the audience would identify the virgins among them and call them up to the front of the theater. The virgins are welcomed with excitement as they are initiated into the unique culture of the Rocky Horror fandom. They might be subjected to playful teasing or harmless initiation activities, such as playing a game of twister or being asked to swap clothing with another audience member. It’s different every time.
The concept of the Virgin Sacrifice is a lighthearted way to engage new viewers and immerse them in the interactive atmosphere of the Rocky Horror experience. It serves as a rite of passage, allowing newcomers to become active participants in the eccentric and inclusive world of the film's dedicated fan base.
And remember folks, “Consent is not only sexy, it’s mandatory.” according to Richard, a veteran member of the cast. You don’t have to participate if you don’t want to.
PHANTOM PROJECTS THEATRE & THE “HAPPY TO BE HERE” CAST
This show is presented by the Phantom Projects Theater Group in collaboration with the Happy to be Here Theater Group and will be offered on the 3rd Saturday of each month, at least, for the near future.
Phantom Projects is a group founded in La Mirada by Steve Cisneros and Bruce Gevirtzman. Today, the group uses theater as a teaching tool bringing literary classics and original plays to the state tackling hard-hitting topics relevant to teens, parents, and teachers. Most of these performances are at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
"Happy to Be Here" is a theater group that shares a passion for performing the cult classic, "Rocky Horror Picture Show." The group is a delightful blend of seasoned veterans and fresh new talents and is delighted to be partnering with Phantom Projects.
CAST & PERFORMANCE
Let’s remember, this is an ALL-VOLUNTEER cast, performed out of love for the experience. Each performance will be slightly different because the cast may rotate between veteran members and new cast members - some may be completely new to the stage. They may perform different roles each time. So be gentle, dear audience and just have fun with it.
As the lights dimmed and the familiar strains of "Science Fiction/Double Feature" filled the room, I was transported into a world where time and societal norms were meant to be twisted, turned, and discarded. The cast breathed life into the beloved characters. They lip-synced and danced to the iconic dialogue and musical numbers.
MUSIC & LYRICS
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" boasts a collection of songs and lyrics that have become synonymous with its cult status and enduring popularity. The songs and lyrics were written by Richard O'Brien himself, who infused the music with a unique blend of rock, pop, and theater influences. Each song in the film serves as a vehicle to propel the story forward, while also delivering catchy melodies and witty lyrics that stick with audiences long after the credits roll.
One of the standout tracks is undoubtedly "Time Warp," a lively and danceable number that invites viewers to join in on the fun. Its catchy chorus and simple dance moves have transformed it into a beloved party anthem, often performed at midnight screenings and interactive showings of the film. The song's infectious energy and memorable lyrics have made it a cultural phenomenon, encouraging audience participation and creating a sense of community among fans.
Another highlight is "Sweet Transvestite," performed by the captivating Dr. Frank-N-Furter. This song serves as an introduction to the flamboyant character, showcasing his seductive charm and unapologetic self-expression. The lyrics are provocative, yet cleverly written, balancing risqué themes with a touch of humor. The song, much like the character it represents, pushes boundaries and challenges societal norms, inviting audiences to embrace their own unique identities.
The lyrics throughout the soundtrack are a delightful blend of wit, innuendo, and social commentary. They explore themes of sexual liberation, gender fluidity, and the rejection of societal norms. The songs not only entertain but also encourage viewers to question conventions and embrace their authentic selves.
SET DESIGN AND COSTUME
Let’s face it, there is no set. The backdrop is the movie playing on a screen in the background. And that is absolutely fine here.
All of the costumes and props are made by the performers themselves with their own money, time, and sweat.
Attending a shadow cast performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show was an absolute blast. It reminded me of the enduring power and timeless appeal of this cult classic. Whether you're a long-time fan or a curious newcomer, this interactive experience is a must-attend event that will transport you to a world of delightful madness, where the boundaries of conventionality are gloriously shattered.
So, folks, if you're looking for a night of unadulterated fun and unapologetic weirdness, make your way to this La Habra gem. The shadow cast performance will leave you breathless, exhilarated, and slightly scandalized. It's a vibrant celebration of all things unconventional, where even the most straight-laced among us can let loose and do the Time Warp again.
In the immortal words of Dr. Frank-N-Furter himself: "Don't dream it, be it!" And trust me, my friends, attending this performance is the closest you'll get.
So, grab your fishnet stockings, slip into your favorite corset, and let the Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast performance in La Habra take you on an unforgettable journey through time and transgressive revelry.
For those of you living under a rock, let's dive into the history of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Back in the '70s, this twisted little gem burst onto the scene, shocking and titillating audiences with its bizarre blend of sci-fi, horror, and more fishnet stockings than you'd find in a discount lingerie store. Over the years, it developed a cult following, and it's become a rite of passage for anyone with a penchant for the peculiar.
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" was originally a stage musical created by Richard O'Brien. It made its debut in London in 1973 before transitioning to the big screen in 1975, where it gained a cult following that has only grown stronger over time. The musical's success can be attributed to its ability to challenge traditional norms and explore themes of sexuality and self-expression during a time when such topics were still considered taboo.
The rebellious spirit resonated with audiences, particularly those who felt marginalized or suppressed by societal expectations.
It remains a cultural phenomenon, revered for its unique blend of humor, camp, and infectious music. Its songs and lyrics have become an integral part of popular culture, transcending the boundaries of time and leaving an indelible mark on generations of fans.
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THE PHANTOM PROJECTS THEATRE AT LA HABRA DEPOT
311 South Euclid St.
La Habra, CA 90631
DATES & TIMES
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saturday, July 22, 2023
Future performances-normally third Saturday of the month. Subject to change.
Seating will begin at 11:00 m. and the Happy To Be Here pre-show will begin at 11:30 p.m.!
The film and performance rolls at midnight.
$20.00 (price includes a beverage in a souvenir cup)
Age Recommendation: 18 and up. Under 18 will not be admitted without a parent/guardian over 25 years old.
This production contains mature themes and language.
Parking is free.
Phantom Projects: https://phantomprojects.com.
Happy to be Here theatre group: https://h2bh.club.