Enrique Castaneda-Pineda – Assistant Graphics
There have been hands-on classes all across Rhode Island College’s campus, but none like this one. In this class, students were tasked with setting up a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” featuring the RKO Army that regularly attends and performs shadowcasts for events showcasing the film.
A shadowcast is the on-stage performance of a film by actors while the film is simultaneously screened. Similarly, the audience interacts with the film. This style has helped this film and others, like “The Room” remain in theaters years after their release.
After celebrating its 43rd anniversary, the 1975 cult hit remains one of the most popular films to play periodically across the country, comparable to “The Room.” Despite the passage of time, actors in the film remain most well known for their roles in it, including Tim Curry playing Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Susan Sarandon playing Janet.
The film has become iconic over the years, as it introduced new ideas to a conservative mid-1970’s generation about homosexuality. As a result, it has become important to the gay/lesbian/transgender community as the cross-dressing Tim Curry was jarring for some at the time.
As the students of RIC’s film program finalize their progress for the event, there will be much anticipation for the show on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in Gaige 100.