Egyptian revives ‘Horror Show’


The Egyptian Theatre hosts the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” once a month during the school year giving students a total of seven chances to catch the show.

By Hayden Perkins

Since 1975, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has been a cult phenomenon featuring screaming audience members, costumes and twists and turns everywhere you look. The movie has had an interesting and creative following. Fans of the show regularly attend events hosted at theaters all over the country. Cast members wear costumes and lip-sync the show, emphasizing audience inclusion. With theaters around the country participating in the riotous fun, the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., is no exception and will host the event 8 p.m. Friday.

“We do [The Rocky Horror Picture Show] once a month throughout the school year,” said Alex Nerad, executive director of the Egyptian Theatre. “The event itself is a fun evening and allows for people of all ages and backgrounds to be themselves. What has continued to impress me is the broad range of attendees. Audiences are usually about half newcomers.”

Nerad said the show is bizarre and eclectic and regularly involves people screaming from the audience, making for a very fun evening.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an outrageous assemblage of the most stereotyped science-fiction movies,” according to the Eypytian Theare website.

Casting director Joshua Chesser said he got involved with the show about two and a half years ago.

“A friend of mine was in the show, so a group of us all went to the watch it [and] soon after, I contacted the director about joining,” said Chesser. “We try to get involved with our audience throughout the show.”

Cast members regularly shout things to the audience and walk around the aisles engaging with viewers throughout the entire show. Some places, including the Egyptian Thatre, allow for audience members to bring rice, a deck of cards and toilet paper among other props to help with the immersion.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” runs Friday at the Egyptian Theatre and again on March 25 and April 21, the most popular shows being in the fall, according to Nerad.