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'The Rocky Horror Show': a guide to props and participation

If you're going to The Rocky Horror Show in the park, it's not the time to sit there quietly and mind your manners. You MUST participate! Of course, you're not a Rocky Horror virgin. (And if you are, keep it to yourself, trust us.) But if you need a refresher on what to pack in your prop bag and when to use it, here's a guide. American Stage will do some of the work for you, selling several of these items in participation kits for $5 at the concession stand. (An asterisk denotes what's included in kit.)

Remember! Try not to throw things at the stage or people around you. Toss up.

Rice To throw at newlyweds Ralph Hapschatt and Betty Munroe at the beginning of the show. Many fans will bring rice, though there is concern it will harm birds that eat it ( says it won't, but you decide). It also can be slick onstage. American Stage's kit includes a bubblemaker instead.

Confetti or bubbles At the end of the I Can Make You a Man (the Charles Atlas song) reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti as Rocky and Frank head toward the bedroom. Or you could blow bubbles instead — easier to clean up.

Newspaper* When Brad and Janet are caught in the storm, Janet covers her head with a newspaper, and you should do the same. Oh look, you have a good one in your hands. Take it!

Flashlight or glow stick* Light up the place during the "There's a light" verse of Over at the Frankenstein Place. Refrain from using lighters — you have a newspaper on your head.

Rubber glove* During and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his rubber gloves three times. Do the same in synch each time for an awesome sound effect.

Water gun* To mimic the rainstorm Brad and Janet are caught in. Good thing you have a newspaper on your head!

Toast* In the movie version, when Frank proposes a toast at dinner, folks throw toast. Except the stage version doesn't contain that scene, so you'll be left holding the toast that's in the prop bag. We'll let you decide what to do with it.

Bell During the song Planet Schmanet — Wise Up Janet Weiss, ring the bell when Frank sings "Did you hear a bell ring?" (Shaking keys also work.)

Noisemakers At the end of the creation speech, the Transylvanians respond with applause and noisemakers. Go for it.

Toilet paper When Dr. Scott enters the lab, Brad cries out "Great Scott!" That's your cue to toss rolls of toilet paper — purists prefer the Scott brand. American Stage's kit includes a piece of plaid instead.

Playing cards* During the song I'm Going Home, Frank sings "Cards for sorrow, cards for pain." Let the cards fly.


'The Rocky Horror Show': a guide to props and participation 04/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:30am]
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