“The Rocky Horror Show” and me

The Rocky Horror Show set

Science Fiction Double Feature*

I first heard about The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1979, from my friend Laurie after she saw the movie with her older brother. I wasn’t allowed to go to the midnight show, so I learned about it second-hand.  She had the soundtrack, and it wasn’t long before our group of friends knew every word to every song, and we did the “Time Warp” again and again.

I’ve got something to say…*

Through the years that followed, my love of all things Rocky Horror only grew stronger. I had the soundtrack and the book with all the audience responses. I eventually bought the DVD, and it became an annual tradition to watch it on Halloween night after all the trick or treaters had finished their rounds.

Over at the Frankenstein Place*

When I saw that there was going to be a stage production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Empress Theatre, I immediately contacted my friend Jennifer. She lives in Quispamsis and is one of the original group of friends from the Sault. She has been living there with her family for over 20 years, and we have only gotten together a couple of times. It’s ridiculous really, that we have let so much time go by. I knew that Rocky Horror would be the thing that brought us back together!

It’s just a jump to the left*

I had been looking forward to the show for weeks, and the day finally arrived. First on my agenda was my weigh in at Your Way Weight Loss. That didn’t go as well as I had hoped, and I was feeling frustrated and upset. I wrote about that here. The rest of the day I played the soundtrack to Rocky Horror over and over. I took the time and did my makeup and focussed on the good. It really was a Time Warp being able to go to Rocky Horror with one of my oldest friends.

Rocky Horror brought Jenny and me together again

I see you shiver with Antici……..pation*

Hearing the opening notes of “Sweet Transvestite” always makes me feel happy. Tim Curry has made this such an iconic role, that it’s hard to think of anyone else in the part. When it was time for Frank’s entrance, I was shivering with anticipation. The actors in the show up to this point were great, and I had sung along with every word. Columbia is my other favourite and was played by Michelle (coincidence? I think not) Thibodeau. When Danik McAfee took the stage as Frank, the audience screamed, and that was the end of my doubts. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Watching Danik’s performance reminded me that we are all just here to be our best selves, not a copy of anyone else. That was exactly what I needed on a day when I wasn’t so happy being me.

How’d ya do

I can make you a man*

Rocky. The creature that Frank made. He was “born” with a perfect physique, not from hours spent in the gym. When I was competing in bikini at bodybuilding shows, I spent a lot of time in the gym and watching every bite that I ate. It became a big part of my identity, and as much as I knew that “stage-ready” isn’t “life ready” it still played a mind game on me. I avoided the gym and making good choices about food, and then would feel upset at the inevitable results. Frank can make a man in 7 days, but for the rest of us, it takes more time, and effort. In the play, Rocky, played by Bevan Buhler, sings “The Sword of Damocles” is hanging over his head. The uneasiness and fear of things unknown. That’s been a constant in my life, leading to overthinking and underdoing.

I was feeling done in, couldn’t win*

Janet was singing about a different kind of passion, but the message was the same. I have been feeling done in, and it’s not that I couldn’t win, I just couldn’t see the victories. I finally feel like I am getting my passion for writing and creating back again.

Floorshow/Rose Tint My World*

The big finale where everyone gets a chance to sing and dance.   I was moved to tears when I heard “Don’t dream it, be it”  live, surrounded by other people who also love Rocky Horror.  I spend so much time dreaming of who I want to be, and not enough being it.

I’ve seen blue skies through the tears in my eyes….*

It takes me a while to learn a lesson. Usually, it takes me several tries, and most of those are accompanied by tears. Lots of tears. I sob I curse, I scream. Then I look up and see that there is a way through. Sometimes I see that I am further ahead than I realized.

Science Fiction Double Feature (reprise)*

Going to the live version of Rocky Horror was exactly what I needed. It reconnected me with a dear friend that I love, and with a part of myself that I had forgotten about. I was lost in time and space, living in the moment.  For days after  I thought about the show and started following some of the actors on Instagram, wanting to stay connected to the magic. I said that I would love to see it again and then said that I WANT to see it again and booked tickets for the front row. A reprise is a repeated passage in music or performance.  The first time I thought about dressing up as Columbia, but let fear stop me. This time I will be going in costume. At the late-night double-feature picture show.

Thank you to the amazing cast of the production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Empress Theatre in Moncton. You have all combined to create magic.  The play is running until November 16, 2019.  You can find tickets at the Capitol Theatre website

 

*lyrics by Richard O’Brien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Michelle

I have filled many roles over my life: daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and Grand Master Bikini Competitor. All of these life experiences have provided me with a wealth of stories to share. Words are my refuge and my strength.

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