- 1 What's an RHPS cast?
- 2 I thought RHPS was a movie; why are there casts?
- 3 Do cast members get paid?
- 4 How do they afford all those great costumes and props?
- 5 How do they make all those great costumes?
- 6 How do they make all those great props?
- 7 Why do people perform in casts?
- 8 What casts have existed throughout the years?
- 9 How can I join a cast?
- 10 How can I start a cast?
- 11 How can I get a theatre to allow my cast to perform?
What's an RHPS cast?
An RHPS cast is a bit of plaster or fiberglass placed around a limb that has been broken during a showing. Okay. Bad joke. I apologize.
An RHPS cast is a group of people (?) who act (?) out the show.
I thought RHPS was a movie; why are there casts?
RHPS consists of basically three parts: the filmed image, the audience participation, and the live action cast. The cast is one of the major reasons to see the show, and most casts go to great pains and expense to put on a good performance. As Richard O'Brien said, "Three out of three ain't bad."
Do cast members get paid?
Rarely. Very rarely. However, many theaters (though not all) do let them in for free or for reduced admission.
How do they afford all those great costumes and props?
They usually don't. Most hard-core Rocky-ites are dead broke, if not hugely in debt. For what is perhaps the worst horror story of all time, talk to Cosmo from Cincinnati about The Wall That Put Everyone In Debt And Then Subsequently Crushed A Cast Member (okay, so that's probably not the official title; talk to him about it).
Basically, the costumes and props are made by scrimping, saving, and taking advantage of credit cards. If cast funds are available from the sale of merchandise/prop kits/etc. or (very rarely) a (miniscule) percentage of ticket sales, they are usually used only for large props, and cast members must provide their own costumes and hand props. So please be generous if your local casts sells kits or takes donations after the show.
How do they make all those great costumes?
Some (very few) cast members are blessed with the ability to sew, or know people (friends, relatives, Mom) who are similarly blessed. Others painfully learn, sometimes getting quite good. Still others get very good at modifying things in their closets or from local thrift stores. Still others troll eBay and etsy, buy someone else's costume, or borrow cast costumes, or pay someone to make them a costume.
If you want to pay someone to make costumes for you, you might want to make inquiries at the local theatrical shop (if there is one in your neighborhood) or ask around at the local Ren Faire. Cosplayers may also have good leads. Some people order costumes by mail, but it's less chancy to buy a costume from someone who can fit it to you instead of working from measurements.
If you want to make a costume yourself, remember that having a costume that looks sort of okay SOON is much better than having the perfect costume later. There will always be time to make that perfect costume (or pay someone else to) after you have something half-(in)decent to wear to the show. Suggestions for where to find costume pieces and some tricks Ruth has found helpful in making them can be found at http://www.rockyhorrorcostumelist.info/qa.htm.
If you're trying to make a movie-accurate costume, find as many pictures as you can of the costume and watch the film carefully. You may find Ruth's "Anal Retentive Rocky Horror Costume List" at http://www.rockyhorrorcostumelist.info helpful.
How do they make all those great props?
Occasionally a cast will get lucky and find they are harboring a Prop God (TM), someone who owns some of the tools and has the know-how to build things like a Medusa wall or a stage and who can direct the other klutzes on cast to help. Prop Gods may have day jobs in stagecraft, the construction industry, or at Home Depot.
Prop Gods are a special breed. Cherish them. People who work crew for high school, amateur, or [swoon] professional theater can work miracles. Of course, so can a determined novice with a good idea, an X-acto knife, and some Elmer's glue. Learn to look at things and ask "What could I make out of that?" Going to the hardware store or the craft store will never be the same.
Why do people perform in casts?
Do you want a simple answer, or a psychological probe into the minds of cast members?
Simple Answer - It's fun.
Probe - I'm not a psychologist, but I've found that the majority of people do it for the simple answer. However, some are trying to get attention; others are confused about their sexuality, and do the show so they can say they're "only performing"; some are struggling actors; a few are trying to annoy their relatives; et cetera. For the most part, though, Rocky people are no more dysfunctional than any other group of people. Again, I encourage you to refer to the simple answer.
What casts have existed throughout the years?
There are really too many to list in any detail, and it's changing all the time (thank goodness).
Information on Rocky Horror casts can be found in Sal Piro's books "Creatures of the Night" (1990) and "Creatures of the Night II" (1995).
Several people have tried to list them all. David Shetterly posted a list in June 1999, which was the basis for the list below (since updated, many many times). If you have additions, updates or corrections please let us know: email email@example.com. The following is an evolving list of RHPS cast names, both past AND present:
|Cast Name||Status||Current / Last Theatre||State / City||Country|
|17th St Players|
|20¢ Fiction||Active (annual)||University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth||MA, Dartmouth||USA|
|69th Floorshow Company||Active (monthly)||Plaza Cinemas at Chapel Hill||OH, Cuyahoga Falls||USA|
|76th St Players|
|8th Street Cast||The Waverly||NY, New York City||USA|
|Absent Friends (1)||Defunct||Loews Theatre||IN, Merrillville||USA|
|Absent Friends (2)||Active (monthly)||Evergreen Theater||TN, Memphis||USA|
|Absolute Pleasure (1)||Defunct||ASMSU Films||USA|
|Absolute Pleasure (2)||Active (monthly)||Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes||TX, San Antonio||USA|
|Absolute Pleasure Players||Defunct||Pastime Cinema (aka Bristol Theater)||RI, Providence||USA|
|After Midnight||Active||Traveling Cast||TX, Houston||USA|
|Almeda Cast||Defunct||TX, Houston||USA|
|Amber Does Dallas||Active (monthly)||Lakewood Theater||TX, Dallas||USA|
|Ancient Spirits of Evil||Rochester Institute of Technology, Liberal Arts Building - Room A205||NY, Rochester||USA|
|Angels with Hard-Ons||MO, St. Louis||USA|
|Animatronically Correct Players|
|Apple Pie||CA, Chico||USA|
|Army Of High Heels|
|As The Fishnets Run||NC, Charlotte||USA|
|Back Alley Cast||Defunct||The Naro||VA, Norfolk||USA|
|Back Row Players|
|Back Row Productions||Active||Terrace Theatre||SC, Charleston||USA|
|The Back Row|
|Barely Legal||Active||Albany Twin Cinema||CA, Albany||USA|
|Barely Legal||Active||Camera 3||CA, San Jose||USA|
|The Bawdy Caste||Active||Guild Theatre||CA, Menlo Park||USA|
|The Bawdy Caste||Active||Clay Theatre||CA, San Francisco||USA|
|The Bawdy Caste||Active||The Retro Dome||CA, San Jose||USA|
|The Beautiful Creatures||Defunct||River Oaks Theatre||TX, Houston||USA|
|Big Purple Onion Productions||Active||CA, San Luis Obispo||USA|
|Blue Mousketeers||Active||Blue Mouse Theater||WA, Tacoma||USA|
|Broadway Bound And Gagged||Defunct||Chandler Cinemas||AZ, Chandler||USA|
|The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants|
|Cabbage Snatch Kids|
|Camarillo State Institutional Players||Defunct||CA, Ventura||USA|
|Cards 4 Sorrow||Brisbane||Australia|
|Castle Transylvanians||Defunct||Towson Commons||MD, Baltimore||USA|
|Celluloid Jam||Defunct||Oriental Theatre||WI, Milwaukee||USA|
|Chapter 13 Foundation|
|Charleston Cherry Poppers|
|Charming Underclothes (Nocturnal Theatre Society)||Defunct||Prince Charles Cinema||London||UK|
|The Cheap Little Punks||Active||Tampa Pitcher Show||FL, Tampa||USA|
|Circus of the Night|
|Clinton Street Cabaret||Active||Clinton Street Theater||OR, Portland||USA|
|Colorado's Elusive Ingredient||Active||Esquire Theare||CO, Denver||USA|
|Come Again Players||Active||Tower Theaters||MA, South Hadley||USA|
|Come As You Are||Defunct||MadCap Theatres||AZ, Tempe||USA|
|Commerce Park Cast||Defunct||Commerce Park AMC 6||TX, Houston||USA|
|Completely Crazy||Active||Hollywood Blvd.||IL, Woodridge||USA|
|The Cosmic Light Players|
|Crazed Imaginations||Active||La Paloma Theatre||CA, Encinitas||USA|
|Crazed Imaginations||Active||Ken Cinema||CA, San Diego||USA|
|Creatures Of The Night|
|Criminal Pleasure||Active||Dundee Theater||NE, Omaha||USA|
|Dayton Affair||Active||Sorg's Opera House||OH, Middletown||USA|
|Deep Throat Nine|
|The Denton Affair||Active||Danbarry Cinemas||OH, Franklin||USA|
|The Denton Affair||Active||Esquire Theatre||OH, Cincinnati||USA|
|The Denton Delinquents||Active||The Clinton Street Theatre||OR, Portland||USA|
|Denton Drama Department|
|Denton Drama Troupe|
|Denton Junior Chamber of Commerce|
|Denver's Dynamic Tension||Defunct||The Esquire||CO, Denver||USA|
|Diabolical Chickens||Active||Baxter Avenue Theatres||KY, Louisville||USA|
|Diabolical Plan||Active||Cinema Mexico||Milan||Italy|
|Divine Decadence||Defunct||Onyx Theatre||NV, Las Vegas||USA|
|Down Home Decadence||Active||WV, Huntington||USA|
|The Downing Street Irregulars|
|Dr X's Feature Creatures||Defunct||River Oaks Theatre||TX, Houston||USA|
|Dr. Scott's Extra Forks||Defunct||Grosvenor Cinema||Glasgow, Scotland||UK|
|The Ed Wood Players|
|The Eighth Fork|
|Enter At Your Own Risk!||Active||Lake Gregory Cultural and Performing Arts Center||CA, Crestline||USA|
|Equal Opportunity Offenders|
|Erotic Daydreams||Active||Currently Homeless||PA, Coaldale||USA|
|Erotic Nightmares||Defunct||Montclair GCC||CA, Montclair||USA|
|Erotic Nightmares Beyond Any Measure Players|
|Evil Deeds||Defunct 2010||Academy Cinemas||Auckland||New Zealand|
|Excited Mental State||Active||Bloor Cinema||Ontario, Toronto||Canada|
|Faithful Handymen||Active||Flippers Hollywood||FL, Hollywood||USA|
|Fishnet Dreams and Stranger Things|
|Fishnet Inc||Active||The Naro||VA, Norfolk||USA|
|The Fishnet Mafia||Active||Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse||OH, Columbus||USA|
|Fishnets and Floorshows||Active||Screenland||MO, Kansas City||USA|
|Fishnet Inc.||Active||VA, Norfolk||USA|
|Fishnets & Floorshows||Active||Screenland Crossroads Theater||MO, Kansas City||USA|
|Forces Of Darkness||Switzerland|
|Formal Dress Optional||Active (weekly)||Cinema Center 3||DE, Newark||USA|
|Frankie's Favorite Obsession||Active||Regency Tropicana Cinemas||NV, Las Vegas||USA|
|Frank-N-Fetish Quest For A Beauty Queen|
|Frank's Virgin Ears|
|Frankie's Favorite Obsession||Active||Regency Tropicana Cinemas||NV, Las Vegas||USA|
|Frankies Fishnets||Active||The Filmbar||AZ, Phoenix||USA|
|Friday Nite Specials||Active||Strathmore Cinema||NJ, Strathmore||USA|
|The Front Row Players|
|Fuckulty of Orgies||Active (once a semester)||Negative Theater at Ben Gurion University||Beersheba||Israel|
|Full Body Cast||Active||AMC Theater||MA, Cambridge||USA|
|Fun In The Dark||Hoyts Entertainment Centre||Sydney||Australia|
|Genoa RHPS Cast||Active||Cinema Instabile||Genoa||Italy|
|Heavy Petting||Active||Loft Cinema||AZ, Tucson||USA|
|Help Me Mommy||Active (weekly)||Art Theatre||IN, Hobart||USA|
|The Home Of Happiness||Active||Bellevue Theatre||NJ, Upper Montclair||USA|
|The Home Of Happiness||Active||Bergenfield Cinema 5||NJ, Bergenfield||USA|
|Hot and Flustered||Active||The Vic Theatre||Auckland||New Zealand|
|The Hot Groins|
|The Immortal Wombats||WA, Tacoma||USA|
|Indecent Exposure||Defunct||UC Theatre||CA, Berkeley||USA|
|Indianapolis Rocky||Active||IN, Indianapolis||USA|
|Interchangeable Parts||Active||Beach Theatre||FL, St. Pete Beach||USA|
|Interchangeable Parts II - Groupies Gone Bad|
|Interchangeable Parts II - Seminole Vesicles, The|
|The Irish Creamers|
|Irrational Masters||Active||Studio Galande||Paris||France|
|A Jump To The Left||Defunct||Loft Cinema||AZ, Tucson||USA|
|Junior Chamber Of Commerce Players||Active||Hollywood Theatre||PA, Dormont||USA|
|Junior Chamber Of Commerce Players||Active||Oaks Theater||PA, Oakmont||USA|
|The Junior Chamber Of Commerce|
|Justice League of Denton||Defunct||Orpheum Theater||KS, Wichita||USA|
|Lambda Psi Phi||Defunct||Galaxy FunPlex 8||GA Norcross||USA|
|Larger Than Life|
|Latter-Day Transvestites||Active (annual)||Tower Theater||UT Salt Lake City||USA|
|Lips Down On Dixie||Active||Plaza Theatre||GA, Atlanta||USA|
|Live Nude Girls|
|Los Bastardos||Active||Currently Homeless||TX, Dallas||USA|
|Low-Down Cheap Little Punks||Active||Rialto||NC, Raleigh||USA|
|Loyal Servants of Denton (LSD)|
|Magic Lust Puppies, The|
|The Master's Affairs|
|The Masters Servants|
|The Meat Packer's Local 274306|
|Mental Mind F*cks|
|Midnight Cinema||Active||Cinema Paradiso||FL, Fort Lauderdale||USA|
|The Midnight Crew|
|Midnight Insanity||Active||Art Theatre||CA, Long Beach||USA|
|The Midnight/Midnite Express|
|Midnight Madness||Active||The Music Box Theater||IL, Chicago||USA|
|Midnight Mayhem||AZ, Phoenix||USA|
|Montclair Playthings||Defunct||Montclair GCC||CA, Montclair||USA|
|Montreal RHPS Cast||Montreal||Canada|
|Mystic Society of Rocky Horror||Active||Crescent Theater||AL, Mobile||USA|
|Nasty Little Symptoms|
|Natural Born Chaos|
|Near Death Experience|
|New York City Cast||Active||Chelsea Cinemas||NY, New York||USA|
|Northcross Dressers||Defunct||Northcross Six||TX, Austin||USA|
|North Denton Aristocrats|
|Once In A While Players||Defunct||AZ||USA|
|One From the Vaults||Active||The Grand Theater||PA, East Greenville||USA|
|Ordinary Healthy Kids|
|Orgasmic Rush of Lust||Active||Bowtie Movieland at Boulevard Square||VA, Richmond||USA|
|The Original Sins of the Flesh Players of Southern California|
|Out Past Curfew|
|Patricia Quinn's LIPPs|
|The Picture Show Players|
|Pineapple Shaped Lamps||Active||Brown Coat Pub and Theatre||NC, Wilmington||USA|
|The Pink Invaders||Defunct||Crossroads Cinema||IN, Merrillville||USA|
|Pink Prism Productions||FL, Orlando||USA|
|Plan B from Denton High|
|A Powerful and Irrational Mouthwash||Active||Egyptian Theatre||IL, DeKalb||USA|
|Pure Anti-Matter||Active||GA, Savannah||USA|
|Queen William Players||VA, Williamsburg||USA|
|Queerios||Active||Alamo Drafthouse Village||TX, Austin||USA|
|Random Comment Players|
|Rebel Cast Alliance||Defunct||Montclair GCC||CA, Montclair||USA|
|Regular Frankie Fan Club|
|The Regular Frankie Fans|
|Rich Weirdos||Active||Universal Cineplex||FL, Orlando||USA|
|Richard O'Brien's Phuck Phest Phollies||Defunct||IL, Waukegan||USA|
|RKO Army||Active||Orpheum Theatre||MA Foxboro||USA|
|RKO Army||Active||EB Cinemas||MA, East Bridgewater||USA|
|RKO Army||Active||Lincoln Mall Cinemaworld||RI, Lincoln||USA|
|Rocket Horror Picture Show|
|The Rocky Horror Crew|
|The Rocky Horror Electric Company|
|The Rocky Horror Revue|
|The Rocky Horror Stage Show|
|Rocky Horror Sydney||Active||Chauvel Cinema||NSW, Paddington||Australia|
|The Rocky Whores|
|Rose Tint Revue|
|The Royal Mystic Order of Chaos||Active||River Oaks Theatre||TX, Houston||USA|
|Sadistic Pleasures||Active||Premiere NASA 8||TX, Webster||USA|
|Samurai Electricians||MO, St. Louis||USA|
|Sanity For Today||Defunct||Middlesex Mall Theater||NJ, South Plainfield||USA|
|Sensual Daydreams||Active||Oriental Theatre||WI, Milwaukee||USA|
|Show in a Box|
|Simply His Servants||Active||Cedar Lee Theatre||OH, Cleveland Hights||USA|
|Sincere Lust||Defunct||Cinema Center 3||DE, Newark||USA|
|Sins O' The Flesh||Active||Nuart Theater||CA, Los Angeles||USA|
|Sins Of The Flesh||Defunct||Lehigh Valley Mall||PA, Allentown||USA|
|Slow Children At Play|
|Small Furry Animals with Ducttape|
|Some of the Master's Affairs||Active||Warner Theatre||WV Morgantown||USA|
|Sonic Transducers||Active||The E Street Cinema||Washington DC||USA|
|Star City Players||Defunct||Joyo Theatre||NE, Lincoln||USA|
|Strokes of Midnight||Defunct||Joyo Theatre||NE, Lincoln||USA|
|Sweet Translucent Dreams||PA, Frackville||USA|
|The Sweet Transvestites||Active||Studio Galande||Paris||France|
|Swords of Damocles||KS, Wichita||USA|
|Tasty Stuff||Defunct||Tinseltown USA Theatre||Baton Rouge, LA||USA|
|Tentatively Named Star City Players, The|
|Teseracte Players||Active||MA, Boston||USA|
|That Type||Active||Carolina Cinemas at Crownpoint||NC, Charlotte||USA|
|The T-Town Transylvanians|
|THEM||Defunct||River Oaks Theatre||TX, Houston||USA|
|This Way Production Company|
|The Time Warp Cartel||Active||Vine Cinema||CA, Livermore||USA|
|Time Warped||Defunct||Billy Joe's Pitcher Show||IA, Des Moines||USA|
|Tiny Fools||Defunct||Crossroads Cinema||IN, Merrillville||USA|
|Tolls of Madness|
|TooMuchCoffeeCast||Active||Currently Homeless||CA, Ventura||USA|
|Tower Cast||Defunct||Tower Theatre||TX, Houston||USA|
|The Transducer Players|
|Transexual Misfits||Defunct||MD, Elkton|
|Translucent Dreams||NJ, Edison||USA|
|Transvestite Huskies... On a Schtick|
|Transvestite Preservation Society|
|Transvestite Soup||Active||Uptown Theatre||MN, Minneapolis||USA|
|Transylvanian Concubines||Active||University Mall Theatres||VA, Fairfax||USA|
|Transylvanian Electric Company|
|Transylvanian Gothic Cast|
|Transylvanian Nipple Productions||PA, Philadelphia||USA|
|The Transylvanian Revue|
|The Transylvanian Social Club|
|The Transylvanian Warped Sensation|
|The Transylvanian Workshop Players|
|Trixie's Toys||TX, Garland||USA|
|Unconventionalists||Active||Cine Casablanca Gracia||Barcelona||Spain|
|Unexpected Pleasures||Active||Carolina Cinemas||NC, Asheville||USA|
|Play Faire Park||TX, Abilene||USA|
|Vestal Violators||Active||Cinema Saver||NY, Endicott||USA|
|The Vicarious Theatre Company||Active||Admiral Theater||WA, Seattle||USA|
|Weird Room Players|
|The World of the Weird Monster Show||Inactive||27Live||IL, Evanston||USA|
|The What A Cult|
|The Whip-It Outskirts||Active||The Paramount Theatre||NY, Middletown||USA|
|Whips, Tricks, and Pixy Stix|
|Whores of a Different Color|
|The Wild And Untamed Players|
|The Wild And Untamed Things||Inactive||The Ultravision Theatre||FL, Deerfield Beach|
|Ye Olde Cinema Tavern Players|
|Zen Room||Defunct||Studio Galande||Paris||France|
|ZipThud Productions||Active||Palace 17 and Odyssey Theater||CT, Hartford||USA|
|Defunct||Graceland Theatre||OH, Columbus||USA|
|Defunct||Bel-Air Theatre||TX, Houston||USA|
|Defunct||River Oaks Theatre||TX, Houston||USA|
|Defunct||Alabama Theatre||TX, Houston||USA|
|Active||Kochav Cinema||Ramat HaSharon||Israel|
How can I join a cast?
Talk to someone from the cast that you want to join. Usually they're quite rushed and stressed immediately before or after a show, so it's best to approach them at a more relaxed moment. If you try to talk to them when they're simultaneously trying to find all the cast members for the night, bringing in props and costumes, working out problems with management, setting up a pre-show, etc., you might not get the most courteous reply.
If you have some time to spare after the show, tag along to wherever the cast goes (usually a 24-hour restaurant) and talk to someone there. This will help you get to know everyone anyway.
Sometimes casts actually advertise for members, and offer cast applications. If this is the case, odds are that's how you would go about joining the cast.
If the cast you're interested in isn't currently looking for new members, showing up regularly and being generally helpful puts you in a good position to step in when they do need new blood or someone else flakes. Just sayin'.
How can I start a cast?
Get some friends together and learn the parts.
How can I get a theatre to allow my cast to perform?
If RHPS is not playing in your area, talk to various theatres and find out why not. If it's not playing for a specific reason, try to remedy that reason. Many cities have showings periodically throughout the year, so you could try asking the theatre if you can perform and then heavily recruiting audience members to show them that the cast does make a difference.
The best thing you can do to show the theatre that there's an interest in the community is to get a petition signed. Five-hundred signatures all from the same place (i.e. school, club, etc.) aren't going to cut it, though. Get thousands of signatures from all over. Try local clubs, coffeehouses, and the like.
Whatever you do, be nice to the theatre managers. They don't really lose anything if they don't have the show, and usually they could do without the hassle of having to clean up, pay workers for staying late, etc. Offer to help out as much as you can. Stay after the show to clean up. Try to stay out of the way when you're not wanted. Advertise the show for free. Eventually, if the managers see that you attract audiences and are friendly and courteous, they'll be nice to you. More so than if you're obnoxious to the audience and rude to the managers, anyway.