When a late Friday in October calls for something thrilling, chilling, fulfilling, it’s best to follow the doctor’s orders.
Dr. Frank-N-Furter, that is.
The Carroll Arts Center will host its annual showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, for one night only of the cult classic.
Before the screening, a student-run theater group Actors Anonymous will perform numbers from their live production of the show, going up at 8 p.m. Nov. 9-10 at Towson University.
Before the opening credits roll at the Arts Center, a costume contest will seek out the fans with the best costumes and prizes will be awarded.
While not a full shadow-casting of the show, director Isobel Springer said the Carroll performance will be a good first introduction for anyone who’s never been to a “Rocky Horror” performance.
“For me, ‘Rocky Horror’ is a very open and accepting place for anyone to enjoy themselves and express themselves,” said Springer, a longtime fan of the show. “Prepare to bring an open mind and be ready to have fun.”
The cast will also teach a refresher course on the steps to the “Time Warp” for the audience.
The Arts Center is also offering “audience interaction kits” that can be ordered in advance for $5 and picked up at the door. Outside props will not be permitted.
The movie follows seemingly sweet-as-pie newlyweds Brad and Janet as car trouble strands them on the side of the road one stormy evening. Their only refuge is a creepy mansion populated by over-the-top mayhem-makers who aren’t quite what they seem. But neither are Brad and Janet.
The Arts Council notes that the “satirical tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1930s through early 1970s” has an international cult following that had led to it having the longest-running theatrical release in film history despite it’s initially cold reception when it was released in 1975.
Jacob Sanchez, who plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter, said he came to the character through the voice. “I really wanted to embody Tim Curry,” he said. “The whole character is a wild ride. Looking at his intentions and what drives [him] … it’s really a strange character.”
Of the show, he said, “any preconceived notions, just throw them away and have a good time while everyone is dancing onstage.”
Kassie Lerner, who plays Janet, has been a “Rocky Horror” fan since her early teenage years.
“Whenever Halloween rolls around, it’s ‘Rocky Horror’ season,” she said. “It’s such a ridiculous show.”
Information on the Towson University performance is available at “Actors Anonymous — Towson University” on Facebook or involved.towson.edu. The show is open to the public and free.
Tickets to the Carroll Arts Center showing are $18 for adults; $14 for ages 25 and younger or ages 60 and older. CCAC members get an additional 10 percent off. Patron passes will not be accepted. They can be purchased online at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org or by calling 410-848-7272.
The film is rated R and runs 100 minutes.
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“It is quite a unique experience and you’re not going to get it any other time except Halloween,” Lerner said. “So I say, come out and be spooky.”