Let's do the Time Warp again
WORTHINGTON -- It's just a jump to the left. And then a step to the ri-i-i-ght. Put your hands on your hips, and bring your knees in tight.
For those who aren't regular Frankie fans, the words may not mean much, but for others, it's astounding. In fact, it was great when it all began.
That's right, ladies and gentlemen. Gather up your rice, newspapers, toast and playing cards, and let's do the Time Warp again. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is coming to the big screen this weekend in Worthington at Northland Cinema 5, with late night showings at 11:45 on Friday and Saturday night.
"Rocky Horror" is a classic audience participation film created in 1975 as a spoof of horror movies. Originally a box office bomb, the movie gained momentum when the audience began shouting lines back at the screen and bringing props. As the participation grew and spread across the nation, theaters began featuring "live action," with people dressing as the film's characters and performing along with the movie. It was soon a sign of status, and a frequent question: "How many times have you gone?"
Jay Ramthun, manager of Northland Cinema 5, said everyone at the theater is excited about screening the show.
"The more people that come, the crazier they are, the more fun outfits they wear, the more fun we have," he said. "If I was to tell them one thing it would be, 'Don't be shy!'"
Ramthun, who grew up in a small town outside of Rochester, was working in a movie theater in Mankato last year that screened "Rocky Horror."
When he was given the opportunity to transfer to the theater in Worthington, he jumped at the chance to bring the show to town.
"It is a lot of fun," he said with an ear-to-ear grin. "I'd love to see everyone dress up and get into it."
Advance tickets for the shows are already available for sale, and pamphlets are available at the theater or online at northlandtheatre.com. Click on the "Rocky Horror" link, which will bring the user to an official prop list complete with instructions for use, etiquette and behavior guidelines and the basic steps for the Time Warp.
The pamphlet also includes the link for the official Rocky Horror Fan Club site at www.rockyhorror.com. There, users will find the history of the movie, some sample participation scripts and more.
"With the recent 'Glee' episode, I'm hoping that will bring in a whole new generation of 'Rocky Horror' fans," Ramthun said.
A basic list of props allowed inside the theater includes:
l Rice, to be thrown at the beginning of the film during the wedding;
l Newspaper, to cover your head when Brad and Janet are caught in the storm;
l Small water pistols, to simulate the rain storm;
l A flashlight, to light up the theater during the "There's a light" verse of "Over at the Frankenstein Place";
l Rubber gloves, to snap during Frank's creation speech;
l Noisemakers, for the end of the speech;
l Confetti or popcorn, for the end of the "Charles Atlas Song" reprise;
l Toilet paper, to throw when Dr. Scott enters the lab and Brad cries out, "Great Scott!";
l Toast, for when Frank proposes a toast at dinner.
The audience can also bring a party hat for the dinner party scene, a bell to ring for the "Planet Schmanet" song and playing cards to shower the theater when Frank sings, "Cards for sorrow, cards for pain" during "I'm Going Home."
Any other items will be confiscated.
Even the clean-up after the show will be fun, Ramthun said. The crew will use big blowers to blow cards, popcorn and toast into piles, them shovel it up and dump it.
"This is about the only time people are not only allowed but encourage to bring stuff in and throw it around and we'll praise you for it," Ramthun laughed.