Doing the Time Warp Again

Courtesy of Megan Bowen

Conrad Graham

The Averitt Center for the Arts is bringing the 1970s movie “Rocky Horror Picture Show” to life for the ninth time at the Emma Kelly Theater next Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

A shadow cast of about 40 people will be singing, dancing and leading the audience in various racy games as the original 1975 Jim Sharman classic plays in the background.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the pre-show will be a drag race competition that lasts until 8 p.m. Each audience member will receive a prop bag with several items, including condoms, that will be used at different parts of the show.

Noah Prince, junior history major, is volunteering to help with props for the event this year. He went to his first viewing of the live screening of “Rocky Horror” last year.

“I wanted to go out [and volunteer] last year but I found out about it too late is pretty much the only reason I didn’t participate last year,” Prince said. “So, I’ve wanted to do it since I knew that the Averitt Center did it. It was just a matter of keeping up with the dates.”

Audience participation is highly encouraged. Prince said that the production will flop if the audience doesn’t participate – the show is a time to let go of inhibitions and have fun.

“Definitely, if you’re comfortable, dress up. You don’t have to dress scandalously, but dress up as one of the characters. I went as Brad,” Prince said. “You can even just do a regular costume, you don’t have to do ‘Rocky Horror.’”

While the show is for mature audiences only, the cast will respect people’s boundaries in no uncertain terms.

“It’s just a judgement-free, ‘come as you are,’ ‘get freaky’ – it’s just a good time for everybody,” Prince said. “Just come with an open mind.”

Parking is available in a couple lots close to the Averitt Center and throughout downtown Statesboro. Party Elite, a shuttle and party bus company, will be picking attendees up from Aspen Heights, Centennial Place, and The Hamptons at 6:30 pm on the night of each show. Boro D.D. and Party Elite will be available to take attendees home following the show and the after party.

40 East Grill will host an after party going from 11 p.m. to around 2 a.m. The restaurant is located on East Main Street directly across from the Emma Kelly Theater.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door if there are any remaining. There are only 359 tickets for each showing.

Tickets can be purchased at the Rotunda, or inside the Russell Union if weather conditions are poor, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday. The Averitt Center is also selling tickets online at http://www.averittcenterforthearts.org/special-events, over the phone at (912) 212-2787 and at their box office from noon to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Friday.