The Hippo


Apr 23, 2019








See The Rocky Horror Picture Show

At Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord: Friday, Oct. 24, at 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 25, at 9:30 p.m. Prop bags come with a ticket.
At Chunky’s Cinema Restaurant, 151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua, and 150 Bridge St., Pelham: Friday, Oct. 24, at 10 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10 p.m., all locations. Props are allowed, and audience members are invited to dress up, shout at the screen and have conversations with the characters in the film. Tickets are $12.50.
At Cinemagic, 1226 Hooksett Road, Hooksett; at 11 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack; and at Cinemagic Stadium 10, 2454 Lafayette Road, U.S. Route 1, Portsmouth: Friday, Oct. 31, at 11:59 p.m., for all locations.
Jean’s Playhouse, 34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln, Saturday, Nov. 1, at 11 p.m., nobody under 17 admitted without adult. Bring your own props.

Rowdy night out
Granite State shows Rocky Horror

By Kelly Sennott

 If you want a peaceful, relaxing night out, don’t attend a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Here’s what you’ll be missing out on: Squirt guns. Flying toast (or Olive Garden croutons, in Red River Theatres’ case). Loud shout-outs. Confetti. Rice. Men in drag. Bizarre plot lines. People with lipstick-red V’s on their foreheads.
This year, screenings will happen at Red River Theatres, Jeans Playhouse and all the state’s Chunky’s and Cinemagic locations.
Red River Theatres events and marketing manager Angie Lane says there’s nothing like it. She’s seen all kinds of events at Red River: film festivals, sing-alongs, red carpet galas, indie screenings. Rocky is on a different level.
“We’re giving out prop bags that have water guns in them. We’re here until 1 a.m. cleaning up. There’s confetti everywhere. … It gets really crazy, but that’s what we want. We want people to be respectful of one another, but people know coming in it’s not going to be a quiet night out,” Lane said. 
If you’ve never been to a screening or seen the movie, the whole thing will seem “bizarre,” Lane said. The 1975 film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick and is based on the 1973 stage production, The Rocky Horror Show. It follows a newly engaged couple who, after they get a flat tire on a cold, rainy November evening, walk to a nearby castle and discover a group of strange, outlandish people holding an Annual Transylvanian Convention. It’s here they meet and are swept into the world of Dr. Frank N. Furter, a “sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania.” Things go wacky from there.
“The movie is about all these crazy characters. There is nothing straight-laced about it,” Lane said. “The plot lines make zero sense.”
The film wasn’t an immediate hit; it gained notoriety as a midnight movie at the Waverly Theater in New York when audiences — made of the same crowd each night — began attending religiously while dressing up, cheering, booing, shouting and throwing things at the screen.
What makes this film classic so different is that it’s more often than not accompanied by live theater, with actors at the front of the screen re-enacting the far-out film.
Red River Theatres’ Frank N. Furter will be played by Steven Kidder, a nontraditional student at NHTI and Red River employee. He returns after his Rocky Horror debut last year.
His stage costume consists of a “terrible corset,” a few pairs of tights under fishnet stockings, high heels, a “terrible, ugly black wig,” tons of makeup and a tiny piece of underwear.
“I did theater in high school, and I recently performed in Spamalot with the Community Players of Concord last year,” Kidder said in a phone interview. “This is more laid back. You don’t have to memorize blocking, cues, that sort of stuff.”
This show offers far more actor-audience interaction, though the interaction is a bit more unusual; during one 2013 performance, someone handed Kidder a dollar. 
“They’re rowdy. You feed off the audience even more here because you’re so close to them,” Kidder said. 
Audience members at Red River Theatres are encouraged to dress in costumes. Newbies be warned: you will be called to the front of the stage to have a red “V” drawn on your forehead, for Rocky Horror virgin.
“Everyone’s super friendly and super outgoing,” Lane said. “I think it gives people an opportunity, who might not generally be outgoing, to have the chance to dress up and let loose a little.” 
As seen in the October 23, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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