(The Aegis / September 11, 2013)

The Tidewater Players are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the bizarre cult musical, "Rocky Horror Show" at their theater upstairs at 121 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace.

The show opened Sept. 27 and runs through Oct. 12, with performances Friday nights at 8 p.m. and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and midnight. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 410-939-TIDE ($18 adults, $15 children). Online orders placed at http://www.tidewaterplayers.com involve a small service charge.

Audience participation will be encouraged. According to director Lisa Wood, prop bags will be for sale, probably including items like latex gloves for snapping along with Dr. Frank N. Furter. The show is recommended for mature audiences.

For those who are not familiar with the phenomenon that is the "Rocky Horror Show," the Richard O'Brien play was first produced in 1973, followed two years later by the movie version called "Rocky Horror Picture Show." Both tell the story of young Brad and Janet, who seek help after their car gets a flat and find themselves involved with weirdos gathered around Dr. Frank N. Furter, a Dr. Frankenstein wanna-be with a big sex drive.

Jeff Baker, last seen in Tidewater's "Avenue Q," plays Dr. Frank. Previously, he has twice portrayed Frank's henchmen (called Phantoms) and once, Brad. His costumes, as well as those of most of the cast, include corsets, fishnets, "steam punk" and platform shoes.

Bevin Hensley, of Churchville, plays Janet. Her straight-arrow fiancé, Brad, is played by Jimmy Biernatowski. The criminologist/narrator is played by George Spelvin (stage name for the actor who played Lenny in Tidewater's "Of Mice and Men" and the Chief in their production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."). Joe Weinhoffer, 24, of Belcamp, plays Rocky, Frank's creation.

Dickie Mahoney, of Bel Air, plays Frank's hunchback henchman Riff Raff with verve, while his real-life sister-in-law, Natalie Knox, plays Riff's sexy sister, Magenta.

Amy Bell plays Columbia, a groupie who falls in love with delivery boy Eddie, played by her real-life husband, Greg Bell. Since they met during a Shadow Cast performance (live actors performing as "Rocky Horror Picture Show" is projected on a movie screen), this is a significant show for them. She has done Shadow Cast performances for 13 years; he, for eight.

Director Lisa Wood is also a longtime fan of "Rocky Horror." Since 1986, she has done Shadow Cast performances of all 10 characters, including Dr. Frank.

Mark Gallihue, of Havre de Grace, plays Dr. Scott, Eddie's uncle and former tutor for Janet and Brad.

"My wife Suzi made me audition," he said. "This is what happens when you do what you are told - you end up onstage in your underwear. She's coming and probably bringing all her girlfriends to laugh at me."

Carrie Dill plays the Lead Phantom. Her fellow Phantoms are Jennifer and Suzanne Hasselbusch, of Joppa; Judy Scott, of Abingdon; Lisa Sharpe, of Sparks; and Stephen Reyes, of Bel Air.