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Rocky Horror Picture Show Participation Guide

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show actually has a set participation guide. At the midnight showings, not only do patrons dress up, they bring props. There are no hard-and-fast rules on props, but the following is a list of some of the most commonparticipation:

  • Rice (to be thrown at Ralph and Betty’s wedding);
  • Water pistols (back row squirts them during rain scene); 
  • Newspapers (for front and middle rows to shield themselves from rain);
  • cover_story-2Flashlights or cigarette lighters;
  • Rubber gloves (during and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his gloves three times); 
  • Noisemakers (the Transylvanians applaud Frank’s creation – so should you);
  • Toilet paper (when Brad yells “Great Scott!”, throw a roll);
  • Confetti (at the end of the “Charles Atlas” reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti); 
  • Toast (when Frank proposes a toast at dinner);
  • Party hat (when Frank puts on his hat to wish Rocky happy birthday, so does the audience);
  • Bell (“When we made it/did you hear a bell ring?”);
  • Cards (“Cards for sorrow/cards for pain”) 

It is also customary for the audience members at these interactive film screenings to take part in “callbacks” throughout.

downloadA quick Google search will give you a mindbogglingly long list of appropriate – but actually extremely inappropriate – retorts to shout after certain lines in Rocky Horror. There are also certain props that the audience can bring along – for example, a party hat to put on at the same time as Dr Frank to wish Rocky a happy birthday. And woe betides anyone who strays from the script.

There’s a set participation guide for these screenings (and it’s extensive). Visit the official participation guide site hereCard