SILVER CITY Ð "I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey."
Those words from the character The Criminologist and all the other classic lines and songs from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" can be heard at the Buckhorn Opera House at 9 p.m. tonight and on Oct. 13, 19 and 26. All performances cost $10 and start at 9 p.m. at the Opera House in Pinos Altos.
The show is a fundraiser for Virus Theater, a non-traditional, local theater group that writes, performs, produces and directs original material. Each year, the group puts on a fundraising show, where they stray from their usual ways and perform a classic play to raise money.
"Virus Theater fills a niche in Silver City," co-director Becca Anderson said. "It's important for the community."
After the success of last year's performance of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" for their fundraiser, it was a no-brainer for the group to perform the cult-classic again this year, Anderson said.
"We sold out each performance last year," she said. "Folks that couldn't see it last year can see it this year."
Directors Anderson and Buck Burns are pleased with the show and its performers, but Burns said he enjoys the reactions of the crowd the most.
"I'm overwhelmed by the smiles and looks on people's faces when they see the show," said Burns, who also plays Dr. Frank in the show. "It's interesting to see who shows up to these performances. You see people that you wouldn't expect to see at a "Rocky Horror Picture Show' showing.
The performance is a shadow-play, which means Richard O'Brien's original 1975 film will be projected on a large screen while the actors "shadow" what is happening in the movie.
"We're doing it the traditional style," Burns said. "It's a common way to put on "The Rocky Horror Picture Show.'"
The production has turned into a community effort, Anderson said. The Buckhorn donated the Opera House, J & J Signs made a show banner, No Excuses donated T-shirts for the cast and crew and WNMU supplied lights and technical support.
"All the actors are volunteers," Anderson said. "They all have a passion for local theater and the show. Same with the crew. It's all donated time."
Every actor was responsible for the design of their costume and tried to make it look identical to the movie.
Prop bags will be on sale for $5 and will have everything an audience member will need to be a part of the show, including toast, toilet paper, rice, glow sticks and confetti, Burns said. Audience participation and costumes are encouraged.
"Silver City loves to dress up," Burns said. "The audience is just as much a part of the show as the actors. It's great to see men showing up in full lingerie and stilettos."
Since its release in 1975, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" has continued its cult-following.
"'Rocky Horror Picture Show' has a lot of social themes that are still current today," Anderson said. "Sexuality, homophobia, homosexuality and sexual identity are all still controversial issues. It's very current with the younger crowd."
The show that still relates to young people is also includes young people. The cast includes a number of high school students from Aldo Leopold and Silver High Schools.
So when driving to Pinos Altos this week, remember to bring a spare tire so you don't suffer the same fate as Brad and Janet do in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
If you go:
What: The Rocky Horror Picture Show presented by Virus Theater
When: 9 p.m. tonight and Oct. 13, 19 and 26. Opera house bar opens at 8 p.m. each performance night.
Where: Buckhorn Opera House, Pinos Altos
Cost: $10, prop bags cost $5
Information: The show features adult content. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets on sale at The Buckhorn Saloon, Yadda Yadda Yarn and Dandelion Wish. For more information, visit www.virustheater.com
Daniel Laverty can be reached at (575) 538-5893 ext. 5803.