The Transylvanian is one of the best roles to play, or at least one of the most enjoyable. As a Transylvanian, you act as the Greek chorus (history lesson courtesy of Sarah Miskoff), bridging the audience and the cast. Being, for the most part, out of the spot light, one is able to affect the tone of the show in a small and subtle way with the creative reign allowed for costuming, blocking and basic stage antics. As a Transylvanian, you are part of a larger group that allows for individual personality to shine through, and dozens of choices made to enhance the show are available, limited only by the creativity of those involved. Being a Transylvanian is, in short, fucking spectacular and a hell of a fun time, perhaps at times better than a larger role.
Oh yeah, and STD!
I agree with everything you just said Daniel! In addition, Transies are able to "perform" through the ENTIRE show. They mingle with the audience selling prop bags before the show, do wedding scene, etc.
So what special things do your Transies do when not "in scene" (Time Warp through Hot Patootie we know what they do)
Some of the things I have seen:
Wedding Scene guests (appropriate because they are actually the Transylvanians in RHPS)
Janet Letters for Dammit Janet
Phantoms with Flashlights for There's a Light
Motorcyclists during the car scene and There's a Light
Dogs chasing Rocky
Hand Jive or other jig during Dinner Scene
Flashback during Takeover
That is all I can think of right now... I know there is more. Share what other scenes your Transies do!
Our cast has never had Transies. Not sure why, it just has never come up.
You guys totally should! It's a fun part and helps really bring the stage together for larger dance numbers (Time Warp). Plus it's a good place to start if you want to get on stage, but arent brave enough to be "front and center".
In the past, our trannies have performed a number of fuctions outside of being on stage:
-They mingle with the crowd outside before the show and write V on the virgins.
-Help with pat-downs/security.
-Pre-show on stage extra/cast. Assist with sacrafice.
-Sell prop kits.
-Do the Time Warp in the aisles and get the crowd worked up.
And then there is all kinds of on stage antics outside of the normal part, including piling into the poolscene to make an orgy, etc.
I love being a Transylvanian. I see them as the jesters of the Rocky court, the silly hat wearing tricksters with the freedom to put on whatever face is most fun or entertaining. Everyone does it differently, but as long as a Transylvanian has a lot of energy or just looks like they're having fun, any style totally works. We just came to the castle to party, so we never have to acknowledge any kind of fourth wall. A prop doesn't make it onstage in time? We can be a weight rack. Someone misses their cue? Time for a Transylvanian tap dance.
Even in the most screen accurate show, most of our blocking is never shown onscreen anyway (except for the Time Warp). This freedom is my favorite part of performing. I get the opportunity to ad lib a random dance, maybe fake an orgasm while being cranked by Riff, and just have a fun time with my fellow cast-mates.
It's hard to get stuck in a rut when you wear the highly-improvised, ever-changing, recklessly silly shoes of a Transylvanian.
I've tried to get more of our cast members to acquire Trannie costumes - because we only perform once a month, and it's a way to still participate in the months you aren't otherwise on stage, and support the rest of the cast. I really hate it when people just "blow it off" because they aren't cast. So far only two other cast members have done the Trannie thing. It would have been great for Halloween - but with just 2 months to go I'm not going to hold my breath.
Hmm. Daniel Ferris seems to have the very essence of the whole Transylvanian concept there.
Greek Chorus. Goddess, I haven't heard that one in years!
Anyone who says "Which Tranny is that guy?" obviously doesn't get it.
It's a state of mind. There are an infinite number of good Transylvanian costume combinations.