Every year around Halloween, Pacific University holds a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Some students may have found themselves shivering with anticipation for this year’s show, but there was one problem: the group that ran it in previous years no longer existed.
But the show must go on. This year, sorority Delta Chi Delta is taking over the event alongside sponsorship from LGBTQ club, Rainbow Coalition.
Organizer and Delta Chi Delta pledge Jacquelyn Tufts said she was stressed but excited for the event. “We worked really hard to put this on, and we hope folks have fun,” she said.
Organizers not only had to plan this year’s Rocky Horror show, but also events surrounding homecoming and their traditional fundraisers, said Tufts. Some organizers had not even seen the movie until two weeks before the showing, according to organizer Harley Taff.
This year’s production does not feature previous years’ shadow casts, as organizers they were pressed for time and last year’s crew made jokes in poor taste, according to Tufts. Before the showing, organizers plan to play games and look at costumes from attendees. Games will target those who have never seen Rocky Horror before.
“Leave your pride at home, but if you’re not comfortable, that’s cool, too,” Tufts said of the planned games. Tufts said there would be a safe word for participants who found themselves made too uncomfortable on stage.
Students can purchase goodie bags for use during the show. Each bag will cost $2 and contains props to join in on audience participation during the show. Proceeds raised by the bags will go to Delta Chi Delta’s charity, the Native American Youth Association, which seeks to educate Native American youth on Native American culture through centers throughout the US.
Doors open for Rocky Horror Picture Show 9 p.m. Oct. 26. The movie will begin showing at 10 p.m. Entry is free for students on presentation of Boxer ID.