Mark Arner plans to continue the tradition with his version of Rocky at York Little Theatre this weekend.
"We have a little something special planned for our guests," the director said with a devilish chuckle.
Not that anyone will be caught too off-guard. After all, shocking, outrageous, over-the-top surprises are all part of the Rocky Horror experience.
The show was created by Jim Sharman and premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in June 1973 before moving to several other locations and closing in September 1980, running for a total of 2,960 performances.
It quickly developed a cult following and became a favorite of small theater troupes around the world.
Arner played key character Riff Raff during one such local production in Harrisburg.
"It is just such a fun time," Arner said of the show's ongoing popularity. "It is interactive between audience and cast and it's just one of those things that hits a cultural nerve and everyone can relate to. ... Plus it's Halloween and you can't go wrong."
York Little Theater is
offering midnight showings Friday and Saturday, a nod to the tradition initiated by the 1975 movie adaptation, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
The musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror.
"One of the things I love about Rocky Horror is the central theme of 'Don't dream it. Do it,'" said Arner, directing his second Rocky production. "Plus, I like the idea that we're all basically misfits and we can all come together, enjoy Rocky Horror and yell and scream and have a good time."
Arner's show is faithful enough to the original Rocky script, but he promises a few twists as well.
"We have to make sure the fans get what they come to see," he said. "At the same time, we have taken some liberties to make the show our own."
The YLT production is
90 minutes and includes 12 songs, Arner said.
It is most definitely a show for adult audiences, he added.
The cast includes Bradlee Alan Gorerra as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Erikarose English as Janet Weiss and Jeremy Slagle as Brad Majors. Joe Johnson plays Riff Raff and Lee Howard is Rocky Horror.
If you go
WHAT: The Rocky Horror Show
WHEN: 9 p.m. and midnight Friday and Saturday
WHERE: York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., York
DETAILS: Visit ylt.org