By Julianne Mosher
The cult-classic musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show recently came to the Ammerman campus. Students joined together to watch the 1970s film in the Mildred Green room in the Babylon Student Center on March 23.
The film premiered like the usual routine, on a Fr
iday night — only a tad earlier for the tired college students who had an earlier bedtime. They brought costumes, props, and their call-outs to enjoy the fun that the cast of Rocky Horror has brought to people for over 30 years.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical originally released in 1975 created by Richard O’Brien and is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Originally meant to be a parody on horror films, b-list movies, and science-fiction films from the 1940s through the early 70s, it later became a classic amongst teenagers, adults, and outcasts. It has also been performed all over the world in a similar Broadway rendition.
It is most noted for its midnight releases where the audience can participate with the movie and a shadow-cast, a group of actors who will perform the musical numbers in front of the screen. Fans are normally known for dressing up in costumes and lingerie resembling the cast that includes stars like Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Meat Loaf. They are also encouraged to bring props to throw at the screen – and the actors – like water guns, newspapers, toast, playing cards, and toilet paper.
Deirdre Keen, a chairperson on the Campus Activities Board, is the student in charge of bringing the culture of Rocky Horror to the campus. While interviewing for the board position last semester, she offered the idea to her fellow CAB members. They were all supportive and agreed the movie needed to be brought to Suffolk County Community College.
“My mother used to watch it every Saturday night when I was really young,” said the art student who saw her first shadow-cast when she was 13. “My parents went to shadow casts similar to what happened Friday night, and I saw a lot of mother-daughter pairings at the show, so it’s something passed down to their children and so on,” she said.
Keen’s admiration for the musical led the other CAB members to decide to do something different for the campus and have Their goal was “to let people have a complete Rocky experience at the lowest cost possible,” she said. Tickets were free for Suffolk students and they were allowed up to two per ID. Normally shadow-cast tickets can cost up to $20.
The event had around 50 students, dressed up to participate in a costume contest and held their complimentary “prop bags,” which included all the necessities needed for a fun-filled time at “late night, double feature, picture show.”
“The whole Rocky experience in general is just a lot of fun and is a chance to let loose and show off your individuality,” Keen said. And everyone who attended was in high spirits and seemed to enjoy themselves. “Everything went as expected and people were talking about how much of a good time they had,” she also said
CAB is currently in talks of bringing The Rocky Horror Picture Show back to campus and are also in talks of bringing other cult-classic movies like Repo, the Genetic Opera to the school. However, nothing has been confirmed.