'Rocky Horror' to show at JDHS auditorium

Drug and alcohol dependence group sponsors showing

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2004

The Juneau chapter of the National Coalition on Alcohol and Drug Dependence is hoping to make the cult film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" a Halloween tradition in town.

NCAAD will screen the 1975 film at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. Tickets are $18 for adults in advance at Hearthside Books, $20 at the door and $10 for students.

"We're trying to show it to the kids because most of them have never heard about it," Cindy Cashen said. "We're trying to say you can be really wild and crazy, you can be pretty far out there, and still not be on alcohol and drugs."

"We want to make it an annual event, so that pretty soon people are expecting it as something to do on Halloween," she said.

In the film, Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), a newly engaged couple from Ohio, are on their way to visit a college professor when their car breaks down. They go to a castle for help and meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a brilliant transvestite scientist hosting a convention of people from the planet Transsexual. Frank-N-Furter has created a man, Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood), who is wary of the doctor's sexual motivations. The butler, Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), the maid, Magenta (Patricia Quinn) and a tap-dancing hanger-on, Columbia (Nell Campbell), soon complicate the scenario. All hell breaks loose.

The film premiered in late September 1975 at the Westwood Theater in Los Angeles. Early reviews were critical and it was not widely released, according to www.rockyhorror.com. In April of the next year, the Waverly Theater in Greenwich Village, New York, began showing the film as its midnight show. The theater had success with midnight screenings before, and by Labor Day, the film had developed a small cult.

Perseverance Theate staged a version in the fall of 1998.

"I mentioned the film to one of my kids and they didn't know what I was talking about," Cashen said. "We started asking some of their friends, and they had never heard about it.

"We're just showing the movie, but we want audience participation," she said. "We're really hoping that Juneau will come out and cross-dress, darn it."

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