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    Rocky Horror Picture Show Returns to Stockton

    Jan 27, 2011

    A gala event will be held at University of the Pacific, one that will have women getting their tuxedos out of moth balls and the men putting on their best fishnet stockings and high-heeled shoes.  And no, that sentence is not backwards, because the event is "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," a cult film about cross-dressing aliens, mad scientists and numerous double entendres, all put to music.

    Rocky Horror Picture ShowThe movie often draws large crowds of people dressed as characters in the film, many whom will re-enact scenes or yell comments during the movie in an attempt to improve what is otherwise considered to be one of the worst films of all time. The resulting mix often draws crowds to the film again and again because the audience ends up being much more interesting than the film itself.

    The show will be at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center Ballroom. Doors open at 11 p.m. Seating will be limited to the first 400 people. Tickets cost $5 per person and are sold at the door. Pacific students with a valid ID will be admitted free. All audience members must have a valid identification as this show is open only to those 18 and older.

    "The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a truly terrible film made great by the audience," said Mary Paduano, one of the students hosting this year's performance. "Sure, the audience can be raunchy, the comments inappropriate and the costumes can leave many blushing, but because everyone is equally embarrassed, everyone ends up having fun and wanting to do it again."

    "The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an interactive theater piece that makes everyone feel sexy, uncomfortable, or both," said Evelyn Zucker, who has been cast as Dr. Frank-N-Furter for Pacific's performance of the show. "That is what draws the audience back to the show over and over again, because no one experience is exactly the same."

    "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" was released in 1975 and starred then unknown actors Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. It includes a cameo by then unknown rock star Meatloaf. The movie revolves around engaged couple Janet and Brad who get lost in a storm while returning from a friend's wedding. They seek refuge in the only nearby house, a castle owned by Dr. Frank-N-Furter who is hosting a party that night to unveil his latest work - a man that he built from scratch. From there, the movie gets weird, introducing themes such as casual sex, aliens, cannibalism, secret government experiments, and cross-dressing.

    The movie is based on an off-Broadway musical of the same name that was a spoof of B-Movie Science Fiction flicks. The musical was a hit, having been aimed at specific audiences. The movie, initially, was a failure and did not gain popularity until it was re-released in the early '80s for "midnight matinees." From there, audiences began commenting loudly on the film and it soon gained popularity for its audiences, not for the actual movie.

    The movie was last shown at Pacific in 2008 in the Janet Leigh Theatre where it sold out. This year it will be held in the Ballroom to accommodate twice as many people as its last showing. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes. Some props also will be allowed, such as newspapers for the rain scene and noise makers for the party scene; however, no squirt guns, rice, lighters or hot dogs will be allowed in. Prop bags will be sold for $2 each during the performance.

    The event is sponsored by the Associated Students at University of the Pacific, Pacific PRIDE, and RHA.