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Guide to The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live!

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Your first time watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show live is a little like losing your virginity—it’s awkward, requires a lubricant (booze works for both) and will only get better with practice. But unlike your first sexual encounter, a night with Rocky promises to be an unforgettable experience—filled with outrageous costumes, wild dancing and a whole lot of singing. For all of you Rocky Horror virgins catching a mirror show for the first time this Halloween (that’s when actors perform on stage while the movie plays in the background), DYR has a list of props and a guide in antici—pation. Trust us, this won’t hurt one bit.

Dress the Part

Don’t be the only schmuck wearing a suit to the theater—Rocky Horror is not that kind of a show. This is your opportunity to confidently wear a corset and garter belt outside of the bedroom, while taking comfort in knowing you probably won’t be the only one. For virgins, we recommend something a little tamer and easier to pull off, like dressing up as a Transylvanian. But showing up as Magenta or Riff Raff will totally up your costume cred.

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Prepare to Show Off Your “V” Card

You’ll have to wear your virgin status proudly, newbies, as a fellow audience member will typically draw a “V” on your forehead with red lipstick and have you repeat a racy oath or perform some sort of embarrassing ritual, which varies by theater.

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Rocky Horror Props

  • Rice
  • A newspaper
  • Water gun
  • Flashlight
  • Rubber glove
  • Noisemakers
  • Confetti
  • Toilet paper
  • Toast
  • Party hats
  • Cards
  • Hot dogs

This list comprises recommended items to bring to the theater, but be advised that some props, such as the hot dogs and a water gun, will not be allowed.

Commit these scenes to memory and use them as a prop guide.

  • Wedding bells! (rice)
  • Brad and Janet get caught in a thunderstorm (water guns) while looking for help, so Janet takes cover underneath a newspaper (newspaper). Fortunately, Janet sees a light up ahead (flashlight).
  • Dr. Frank-N-Furter introduces his creation (gloves).
  • The Transylvanians welcome Rocky with confetti and noisemakers.
  • “Great Scott!” (toilet paper, Scotts preferably)
  • What’s an audience member to do when Frank-N-Furter proposes a toast? Throw a piece on stage! (toast)

 

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