Just in time for Halloween, Students Encouraging Freshmen (SEF) is putting on an interactive showing of the cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the TSAR on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 p.m. and again at midnight.
SEF is a brand-new RSO that began this semester.
“We started this group to create a welcoming environment for incoming freshmen and offer fun events to help them get involved on campus,” said Abby Burgess, the president of SEF.
Burgess, a dual major in Technical Writing and Theatre, said interactive showings were an event that members of the group were personally interested in. They thought it would be a fun way to get people involved with things they’re passionate about.
Members of SEF are heavily involved with theatre and arts at SVSU.
“‘Rocky Horror’ definitely has a large cult following, especially in the theatre community,” Burgess said. “Despite this, it is also an event that appeals to a wide array of audience and we are hoping that people are as excited as we are.”
The original film stars Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter, an alien transvestite mad scientist who plays host at his castle to young couple Janet and Brad, played by Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick, when their car breaks down.
Over the years, the film has transformed into interactive showings.
During these showings, audience members participate by dressing up as characters from the film, calling out responses and using props that correspond with certain scenes in the movie.
Those familiar with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” know that it boasts a colorful cast of characters and a variety of costumes.
“I think that all of the characters have really fun costumes that people can choose from, and I am really excited to see what people come up with,” Burgess said.
The event will include a costume contest with prizes before each showing.
One reason SEF chose “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is because The State Theatre, which normally hosts a showing of the film, is not offering the event anymore.
“Due to this, we wanted to still give members who annually attended The State Theatre’s event a chance to participate in an interactive showing this year,” Burgess said. “We are hoping to draw a large audience, as we are the only group in the area who is hosting a showing.”
After 40 years, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is still appealing to viewers.
“I think that it is so popular because it is such a fun and campy film, and it is an event that has really become timeless,” Burgess said. “It was incredibly popular when it first premiered, and it’s just as, if not more, popular now. It is a chance for people to express themselves and have fun.”
Burgess said SEF members are incredibly excited about how well the event has already been received by students and faculty.
“We have worked hard for months to put this event together, and it would not have been possible without the enthusiasm of the students,” Burgess said. “With your support, we hope we make ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ an annual event.”