REVIEW: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Nelson School of Music. Friday July 13.
Forgetting to disable your cell phone wouldn't have got you thrown out of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Nelson School of Music on Friday night.
Your shrill ring tone would, in fact, very likely have brought murmurs of applause from those seated around you.
Fancy dress was the order of the night, with a role and prescribed costume to suit the inner mad surgeon, hunchback, waylaid innocent or transvestite in almost anyone.
The foyer smoldered with scantily clad chambermaids, crazed dinner suited butlers and long legged transvestites making the most of their (largely imagined) anonymity.
The show filled the hall to capacity. Cafe style seating down front with theatre rows at the back left little room for dancing.
Three fish-netted hostesses introduced the show and descended into the crowd to award prizes for the best dressed characters. They then retired to a corner of the stage, reappearing to conduct the audience participation moments - rice throwing at the wedding scene, torch flashing in the storm and a few valiant attempts to get the crowd on their feet.
The show's 10.30pm start encouraged pre-performance parties which a number of the attendees had clearly made the most of, but in the absence of space for dancing and audience interaction, the pre-show excitement wasn't easy to maintain and by midnight the crowd was ready for bed.
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