Pacific students toast “Rocky Horror Picture Show” with annual Shadow Cast performance
The musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has been shocking and entertaining audiences ever since its stage debut in 1973, and it has become a tradition of fans in cities around the world to do a shadow cast production of the film.
Every year, the Shadow Cast at Pacific puts on a performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” — this year, it occurred on Feb. 29 at midnight in the UC Ballroom. The show was not only a blast to watch but also completely free for students, courtesy of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Club on campus.
The event entailed a simultaneous performance of the film’s actions and dialogue on stage, with call-and-responses and a high level of audience participation. Ideally, it feels like you become a part of the performance while you watch.
This all started in 1975 with the release of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in major movie theatres across the nation. While the film was not initially as profitable as hoped, it was rebranded a year later as a midnight movie, and people began shouting responses to the cast’s on-screen interactions.
Eventually, a set of calls and responses developed so the audience could reply to the dialogue on screen. People subsequently began to act out the on-screen activities on stage. This is how the cult following has grown so huge today: “Rocky Horror” provides a uniquely immersive, transmedia experience.
While this year marked the 41st anniversary of the movie, it was only the seventh anniversary of the student performance at Pacific. However, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” resonates even now with this year’s crop of performers.
Kylee Victoria ‘16 said that she finds being part of the cast of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” a great way to have fun while being weird and not having to conform to the norms of society; participating helps enable you to be comfortable in your own skin.
Bea Meluch ‘17 said that it made her feel empowered and free from societal expectations. This is quite a cathartic feeling and is great for self-esteem.
Pacific’s production provides a great environment for students to experience the show, whether it is their first or 50th time seeing it. Students in the audience are encouraged to dress up in fun costumes that either relate to the show or are just generally odd and shocking.
If you’re looking to have a fun and crazy night, then make sure to check out next year’s production— it’s not just for current students; alumni and parents are welcome as well!
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