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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 rhpscastlist@gmail.com. The following is an evolving list of RHPS cast names, both past AND present:

Cast Name Status Current / Last Theatre State / City Country
314
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 Insanity
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
Alter Egos
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
Another Planet Mannheim Germany
Anticipation Players
Apple Pie CA, Chico USA
Army Of High Heels
As The Fishnets Run NC, Charlotte USA
Bacchanalia Productions
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
Carefree Players
Carnal Atrocities
Cast Incognito
Cast Nouveau
Cast Nu-Vo
Castle Transylvanians Defunct Towson Commons MD, Baltimore USA
Celluloid Jam Defunct Oriental Theatre WI, Milwaukee USA
Cepheid Variable
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
Chucky's Angels
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
Common Decency
Completely Crazy Active Hollywood Blvd. IL, Woodridge USA
Cosmic Light
The Cosmic Light Players
Cosmic Vibrators
Crazed Imagination
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
Crotchless Underwear
Dark Refrain
Dayton Affair Active Sorg's Opera House OH, Middletown USA
Deadly Pace
Decadence
Deep Throat Nine
The Denton Affair Active Danbarry Cinemas OH, Franklin USA
The Denton Affair Active Esquire Theatre OH, Cincinnati USA
Denton Bunch
Denton Crowes
Denton Dead
The Denton Delinquents Active The Clinton Street Theatre OR, Portland USA
Denton Drama Department
Denton Drama Troupe
Denton Episcopalians
Denton High
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
Double Feature
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
Erogenous Zones
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
The Evils
Excited Mental State Active Bloor Cinema Ontario, Toronto Canada
Fantasia
Fantasie Factory
Faithful Handymen Active Flippers Hollywood FL, Hollywood USA
Fishnet Bliss
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
Flaming Heterosexuals
Forbidden Fruit
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 Angels
Frank's Babies
Frank's Follies
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 Insanity Sydney Australia
Friday Nite Specials Active Strathmore Cinema NJ, Strathmore USA
The Front Row Players
Fruit Soup
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
Gainesville Cast
Genoa RHPS Cast Active Cinema Instabile Genoa Italy
Ghost Cast
Heavy Petting Active Loft Cinema AZ, Tucson USA
Help Me Mommy Active (weekly) Art Theatre IN, Hobart USA
The Heretics
The Holocast Israel
The Home Of Happiness Active Bellevue Theatre NJ, Upper Montclair USA
The Home Of Happiness Active Bergenfield Cinema 5 NJ, Bergenfield USA
Hostile Takeover
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
Inside Insanity
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
Krazie Aliens NJ 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
Legends, Inc.
LePetitLibertine
Lingerie Lizards
Lip Service
Lip Sync
Lip's Tokyo Japan
Lips Down On Dixie Active Plaza Theatre GA, Atlanta USA
Little Morals
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)
Madness Tolls
Magic Lust Puppies, The
Malicious Intent
Marley Madness
The Master's Affairs
The Masters Servants
The Meat Packer's Local 274306
Mental Mind F*cks
Mercy Killings
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
Midnite Madness
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
Nightbreed
No Picnic
Nocturnal Vegetables
Nonoxinal-9
Noodlehoops
Northcross Dressers Defunct Northcross Six TX, Austin USA
North Denton Aristocrats
The Not-Ready-For-Bedtime-Players
Once In A While Players Defunct AZ USA
Once-A-Year Cast
One From the Vaults Active The Grand Theater PA, East Greenville USA
Ordinary Healthy Kids
Orgasmic Rush
Orgasmic Rush of Lust Active Bowtie Movieland at Boulevard Square VA, Richmond USA
Orgy-In-A-Sock
Original Sins
The Original Sins of the Flesh Players of Southern California
Out Past Curfew
Paradise Players
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
Psychotic Cabaret
Pure Anti-Matter Active GA, Savannah USA
Queen William Players VA, Williamsburg USA
Queerios Active Alamo Drafthouse Village TX, Austin USA
Random Comment Players
Real Horrorshow
Rebel Cast Alliance Defunct Montclair GCC CA, Montclair USA
Regular Frankie Fan Club
The Regular Frankie Fans
Rent-A-Cast
RHaPSody
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
RKO Players Defunct 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
Rocky Unbound
The Rocky Whores
Rocky's Angels
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
Sadistic Seduction
Samurai Electricians MO, St. Louis USA
Sanity For Today Defunct Middlesex Mall Theater NJ, South Plainfield USA
Satanic Mechanics
Satanic Mechanix
Seduction Production
Seduction Productions
Seminole Vesicles
Sensual Daydreams Active Oriental Theatre WI, Milwaukee USA
Sensual Nightmares
Show in a Box
Sibling Rivalry
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
Slurpee Sluts
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
Superheroes
Superheroes Reproductions
Sweet Sensations
Sweet Temptations
Sweet Translucent Dreams PA, Frackville USA
The Sweet Transvestites Active Studio Galande Paris France
Swords of Damocles KS, Wichita USA
The Symptom
Tasty Stuff Defunct Tinseltown USA Theatre Baton Rouge, LA USA
Technical Difficulties
Tentatively Named Star City Players, The
Teseracte Players Active MA, Boston USA
That Type Active Carolina Cinemas at Crownpoint NC, Charlotte USA
The Picnic
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
Tonight's Menu
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
Transyl-Maine-ians Defunct ME, Portland 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
Treasure Forever
Trixie's Kidz
Trixie's Toys TX, Garland USA
Unconventional Conventionists
Unconventionalists Active Cine Casablanca Gracia Barcelona Spain
Under Construction
Under Sedation
Unexpected Pleasures Active Carolina Cinemas NC, Asheville USA
Unloved Teddies
Untamed Things Active
(bi-annual,
special events)
Play Faire Park TX, Abilene USA
Vanilla Chalice
Velvet Darkness
Vestal Violators Active Cinema Saver NY, Endicott USA
The Vicarious Theatre Company Active Admiral Theater WA, Seattle USA
Voyeuristic Intention
Voyeuristic Intentions
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 Museum Lichtspiele Munich Germany
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.

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