Whoa, oh my god. Oh my god. It's a double Roundup, all the way. That's so intense! Would you look at that? It's a full on double Roundup, it's so bright and vivid. I don't know what it means. Oh my god. It's so beautiful:
First of all, a big "Happy Birthday - fuck you!" to the Michigan Rocky Horror Preservation Society, celebrating their 1st anniversary and still going strong! It's hard work to start a cast and keep it running, so for those who start and don't fizzle out after a few months - I salute you!
Next, let's talk about the past couple weekends. I give you all a double roundup, covering both this weekend and the one before, due to being busy helping put together an extra-special show at my home theater for Rocky Horror Saved My Life (more on that later). So, this week we'll follow the documentary crew around like a creepy stalker, covering all the shows they hit!
Up in New England, RKO Army put on a double feature with Shock Treatment and Rocky Horror, rocking the hell out of both shows if the photos have anything to say about it. The cast attacked the stage - especially Rocky - as though they were at a convention (RKO Con 1.5?), throwing in multiple performers for each role, and even double/triple/quadrupling the characters in a few key scenes. On top of that insanity, they performed several preshows, and I'm impatiently waiting for video footage to pop up from those, though I fear any potential cameramen/women may have been so dazed with wonder that they never hit "record" and the preshows enjoyed only by that night's audience. By all accounts, their dressing room area was thrown into chaos from all the costume and makeup changes, though there was apparently still time to lounge around, as evidenced by this backstage shot from Shock Treatment...
The next night, Full Body Cast put on their usual Saturday show with some swapping-out and doubling-up action of their own. It's always lovely to get to see a fully-made-up floor show, or even better, skip out on some of the other quick costume changes. I'd like to take the opportunity to point out how thoroughly the Rocky Horror Saved My Life crew insinuated themselves into the shows for their filming, here - their cameras were all over the place, up to and including on stage! As an aside, props to those actors who pulled double duty, performing both Friday and Saturday as members of both casts, like Rocky here - I know there are casts that regularly do back-to-back shows, every weekend (coughNYCRHPScough) but it's not as common, and no, I don't know how those guys do it either!
Since Dallas was the next stop on the tour, I'd like to take a moment to get personal and tell a story. Once upon a time, many years ago (or back in 1998), there was a cast called Los Bastardos. They did a lot of Rocky, gained and lost cast members and theaters (sometimes peacefully, sometimes with prejudice) and some of those former cast members (unfortunately from the "with prejudice" category) decided to form a Repo: The Genetic Opera cast called Amber Does Dallas, the one I joined. Not long after their first Repo show, ADD decided that they should do Rocky as well, with the help of those ex-LB members - of course, this created no small amount of tension between the two, and there was drama and strife. But, time passes, and people move on from Rocky - and over the next few years, most of the people who had been a part of that dark period did just that.
Then, Rocky Horror Saved My Life came to visit. LB had no show scheduled for the night the crew planned on visiting, but ADD had a Repo/Rocky double feature on their calendar, and two casts decided to make it a show to remember for fans of both movies and of both casts. They would throw old tensions out the window and come together as one, and it would be glorious chaos - we even made a video to show how wonderful it is to work together. And it was. And lo, the crowd numbered in hundreds, including former members of both casts and long-time fans who hadn't been out in ages! And we all took the stage and tagged in and out with one another, and there were shenanigans, nearly two dozen Transylvanians doing the Time Warp, and an epic double kickline that surprisingly didn't end in everyone tripping over each other. And it was good. The end.
But not the end of the weekend! Because Texas is large, and there are other casts in the state, though the Royal Mystic Order of Chaos from Houston, in particular, took the stage on Saturday night. Their theme for the evening was Rockstars & Groupies (and I'm loving the 'hawk on one specific groupie in the show!) so the show and audience both had some special guest stars - Freddie Mercury, anyone? They welcomed the documentary crew with open arms and a whole lot of insanity, just what the doctor ordered. We can't wait to see what those guys run into next, in their quest to film and interview as many casts and cast members as they can possibly stand to see.
In closing, a randomly-selected ridiculous Instagram photo:
Want your local cast featured here? Encourage fans, cast members, and cast pages to post photos with the #rockyhorror hashtag for all to see! I'll be looking around for interesting theme shows, exciting guest appearances, and good old fashioned Rocky fun from all over the world to highlight. If you come across something cool, you can also drop tips in this handy dandy jar by the register--I mean, email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org