Cult classic ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ to be shown Halloween night

The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University is presenting its annual Halloween screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

This scene is from the 1975 original movie, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

The cult classic can be viewed on the big screen in the arts center’s performance hall with a WCU student shadow cast of lip-syncing performers.

“‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is likely the oddest, most off-the-wall cult film ever made – a kinky rock ‘n’ roll science fiction horror satire that is everybody’s favorite Halloween show,” said Jill Jacobs, marketing manager at the Bardo Arts Center. “A young couple stumbles into a castle inhabited by weirdos from the planet Transylvania including Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite Frankenstein in rhinestone heels. The on-stage WCU student shadow cast mirrors the on-screen performance, lip-syncs with the songs and gives audience members actors to interact with, a much-desired part of any ‘Rocky Horror’ experience.”

Another feature of the evening is the Halloween costume contest, Jacobs said. Attendees are invited to come dressed in their best Halloween costume for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card and a Bardo Arts Center swag bag. Contest participants must arrive between 6 and 7:15 p.m. and have their photographs taken at the costume contest station in the arts center lobby. Five individuals will be selected from those images to go on stage at the end of the event for a final audience vote. The person who receives the most audience applause will be the winner.

Traditional “Rocky Horror” goodie bags will be available to purchase before the show at the concessions area.

Tickets are $5 for students; $10 for WCU faculty and staff, and seniors 65 and up; and $15 for the general public. All seating is general admission. More information about the event is at arts.wcu.edu/rockyhorror.