SELINSGROVE - The Courtyard Theater, located in the Susquehanna Valley Mall is looking forward to a visit from a traveler from Transsexual, Transylvania.
A spaceship resembling a castle will land and the live performance of the cult musical "The Rocky Horror Show" will inhabit the theater at 7 p.m. Oct. 3, 4 and 11.
Audience members are warned that the play, although rated PG for its theme, has been known to have audiences that transform the event into an "R"-rated event, by using "colorful responses" to the action taking place on the stage.
"It nothing like watching the DVD at home," Art Lieberman, Courtyard Theater producer, said. "If you're easily shocked perhaps 'The Rocky Horror Show' isn't for you. For all others, I say 'Don't dream it, be it'!"
The theater also will sell props for audience members to participate. Rice, newspaper, toilet paper, flashlights and more will be available.
Richard O'Brien, who in the early 1970s was an unemployed actor living in London, England, wrote the play one winter just to pass the time. O'Brien loved sci-fi and B horror movies and was a fan of Steve Reeve movies and '50s rock 'n' roll, all of which are incorporated into "Rocky." He showed the play to Australian Director Jim Sharman who directed it in a small experimental theater, Upstairs at the Royal Court Theater in Chelsea, England. The working title of "It Came From Denton High" was changed before previews to 'The Rocky Horror Show" and, shortly after it opened, was moved to a larger venue.
Producer Lou Adler saw the show in London, and brought it to America, where it finally landed at New York City's Belasco Theatre on Broadway, in 1975.
The play was far from a financial success, but never-the-less, 20th Century Fox decided that it might be a send-up and a tribute to the 1930s sci-fi films and decided to make it in England casting two unknown American actors, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon as Brad and Janet.
The film opened in the United States in September of 1975 and didn't do well. It was withdrawn very quickly from many of the theaters. It was released to colleges later that year and finally found its way into midnight showing in theaters along with other cult movies such as "Pink Flamingos" and "Reefer Madness." There, in those showings it started to attract followers and it became a sensation at the Waverly Theatre in New York and later at the 8th Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village where it was shown every Saturday night at midnight. It is now considered the longest running release in film history.
For tickets, call the box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at 570-374-0060 or visit www.thecourtyardtheater.com.