Where the men wear lace and makeup
July 4, 2008 · Updated 11:26 AM
It all started in 1975 when Tim Curry put on leather lingerie and sequined high heels.
Now, more than 25 years later, its been dubbed a cult classic that even Bremerton celebrates.
Once a month the Rocky Horror Picture Show plays at the Charleston Cinema on Callow Avenue along with a cast who act out the film while it is playing behind them.
Cat Lord, the master of ceremonies for the Charlestons version of Rocky, founded one of the original Rocky cults, the Midnight Marauders, in California. He has been doing Rocky at the Charleston for about four years.
Ive always been doing Rocky, Lord said. I think it was the first real movement in open life style. Everybody can have something.
Lord said traditionally the Rocky plays are at midnight because nobody normal would show up that late.
He said they have also always included the audience in the show, which includes a virgin orientation where the cast makes people whove never been to Rocky get up on the stage and do things.
Lord said part of the virgin tradition is not telling what those different things are.
The main character of the Rocky Horror Picture Show is Currys part, Dr. Frank N. Furter, an alien transvestite who creates a man for himself. Hes also the one changing the lives of the rest of the characters.
In the Charlestons version of Rocky Jennifer Davis plays Frank N Furter.
Theres something amusing playing a man, playing a woman, Davis said. Frank is a misunderstood goofball who actually has a lot of deep meaning.
Nicole Deville, who plays the part of Columbia one of Dr. Frank N. Furters groupies, has been acting at the Charleston for three years.
Its a movie classically known for dressing up and having a good time, Deville said. Why wouldnt you want to be a part of that?
Deville said she likes the Rocky Horror Picture Show because of its weirdness.
Its weirdness is what makes it fantastic, Deville said.
All of the members of the cast agreed one of the best parts about Rocky is the acceptance that it brings to its members and the audience.
Anybody big or small can come in skimpy underwear, said Heather Bates, the stage manager.
Being in their underwear was another part of the show most of the cast said was great.
You can run around in your underwear in front of everybody, said Harrison Riddle, who plays Brad Majors the preppy boy who, with his girlfriend, finds himself at Dr. Frank N Furters castle.
Underwear is one of the reasons Ken Noland chose the role of Rocky Frank N Furters man.
Its a fun role to play. Its one of the most simplistic roles in the whole film, Noland said. Besides I get to run around in a gold Speedo.
Riddle said he picked the role of Brad for an entirely different reason.
I love it. I get to show my conservative side without worrying whose going to judge me for it, Riddle said.
Shawn Mairs, who plays Meatloafs role Eddie the rocker groupie, said he feels his role is the best in the whole play.
Hes the coolest fat guy Ive ever seen, Mairs said.
In the film Eddie is Columbias boyfriend who is killed by Frank N Furter.
Thats pretty much what life is: rockin out, get the lady, and then you die, Mairs said.
Before the show, members of the cast put on a pre-show including a costume contest, which Noland said is another Rocky tradition.
We totally encourage people to dress up, Deville said.
Prop bags are also sold at the show, carrying out the Rocky tradition of throwing things during the play.
Frances Myers, owner of the Charleston, said even though the show is extreme it never goes to far.
Myers has been showing Rocky for about four years.
No one else does it in the area, Myers said. They needed a place to perform and were a place to perform. Were a good match.
The next Rocky is Dec. 5 and 6 at midnight. Admission to the show is $6 for one night or $10 for both.