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Do the Time Warp at Beach Theatre's 'Rocky Horror' midnight shows

Ed Schneider and other members of Interchangeable Parts act out the story of as The Rocky Horror Picture Show plays onscreen at the Beach Theatre.

LUIS SANTANA | Times

Ed Schneider and other members of Interchangeable Parts act out the story of as The Rocky Horror Picture Show plays onscreen at the Beach Theatre.

By John Fleming

Times Performing Arts Critic

ST. PETE BEACH — On Saturday just before midnight, the crowd gathers on the street outside the Beach Theatre for the weekly screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The night has a rowdy grunge rock feel as Ed Schneider and his performance troupe, the Interchangeable Parts, act out the odyssey of Brad and Janet while the movie plays onscreen. Dressed in outrageous getups, the performers goad the mostly high school and college age audience to get wild and crazy and shout out the characters' lines. Before the show, there's usually something like a race up and down the aisles by "virgins'' — those who have never seen the movie acted out by a live cast — in their underwear.

More than 30 years after its premiere, the cheesy sci-fi musical spoof continues to pack them in for late-night screenings all over the world. Mike France, owner of the Beach, says it's typically the biggest crowd of the week. Tickets are $5, and there are bags for $1 with toast, rice, rubber gloves and other audience-participation props. You're guaranteed to leave the theater with rice in your hair.

Interchangeable Parts performs Rocky Horror every Saturday at midnight and will do two shows on Halloween.

The Beach Theatre is at 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. For more information, call (727) 360-6697 or go to beachtheatre.com.

More frightfully good stuff

Frank-N-Furter, Riff Raff, Magenta and the rest of the Transylvanians usher in the Halloween season. Here are some more Tampa Bay thriller-dillers onstage.

Oct. 10-19: Bat Boy, a campy musical about

the discovery of a "bat child,'' is performed by MAD Theatre of Tampa at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. (813) 386-6173; madtheatre.com.

Oct. 30-Nov. 22: The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber's megamusical about

a serial killer composer-organist, is back again at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. (813) 229-7827; toll-free 1-800-955-1045; tbpac.org.

Oct. 30-Nov. 16: The History of the Devil, a play by Clive Barker described as "John Milton meets John Grisham,'' is staged by Jobsite Theater at TBPAC's Shimberg Playhouse. (813) 229-7827; toll-free 1-800-955-1045; tbpac.org.

Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Florida Orchestra "Spooktacular,'' with conductor and trumpet player Jeff Tyzik leading a program of music

to trick-or-treat by. (727) 892-3337; toll-free

1-800-662-7286; floridaorchestra.org.

Do the Time Warp at Beach Theatre's 'Rocky Horror' midnight shows 10/01/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 4:31am]

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