MERIDEN — Castle Craig Players in Meriden are hosting two interactive screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this weekend, and the Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford is producing a live stage version of the original musical on weekends through the end of the month.
The Castle Craig Players screenings are scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse, 59 W. Main St., Meriden.
Square Foot Theatre’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show” is this weekend and Oct. 26 and 27, with a special show at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 27, at the group’s theater, 950 Yale Ave., Wallingford.
Mark Laucella, Castle Craig Players treasurer and show director, said the group scrapped producing a murder-mystery play before staging its winter musical, and decided to screen “Rocky Horror” to avoid leaving the theater dark for too long.
“It’s not an involved production,” he said. “Where we’re getting involved in is all the parts of a traditional screening of the show.”
For those unfamiliar with “Rocky Horror,” “it is bizarre movie that has audience participation and interaction with the movie using props and talk-back lines at appropriate times,” Laucella said.
“The talk-back lines are almost scripted,” he added. “People that know the show and know the process, they know exactly when and what to say.”
A tribute to classic science fiction and B-horror movies, with music inspired by the glam rock era, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” was released in 1975 and soon gained a cult following at its midnight shows.
The movie was based on the 1973 musical stage production “The Rocky Horror Show.”
Dressing up as the movie characters is one of the great “Rocky Horror” traditions. Guests are encouraged to come in costume, and participate in the costume contest.
Another tradition is to throw props at certain points in the movie. The theater will provide a prop bag, including a deck of playing cards, confetti and toilet paper.
Food props, however, are not allowed. Open flames are also not allowed.
The show is restricted to ages 16 and older. Since the theater is allowing teens, audience members should keep their talk-back lines age appropriate, Laucella said.
“We still are a family-oriented theater,” he said.
Friday night is sold out. Tickets for Saturday are $18 for admission and a prop bag, or $15 admission only. Seating is unassigned, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The movie will be presented cabaret-style with table seating. Patrons are invited to bring their own dinner, drinks and snacks.
At the Square Foot Theatre, tickets are sold out for most shows. Tickets are $26-28 for the midnight show next week.
Representatives from the theater didn’t return calls for comment.