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Theater Victoria will host 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' fundraiser

By APRILL BRANDON
Sept. 29, 2010 at 4:29 a.m.
Updated Oct. 5, 2010 at 5:05 a.m.

"Rocky Horror Picture Show" fundraiser for Theater Victoria will be Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Leo J. Welder Center. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information or to inquire about tickets, call 361-570-8587.

IF YOU GOThe "Rocky Horror Picture Show" event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Leo J. Welder Center. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information or to inquire about tickets, call 361-570-8587.

Theatre Victoria has a big fundraiser coming up this month. But rather than just tell you all about it right away, let's first see how many different pun-y ledes can be made out of the main event.

It's time to do the "Time Warp" again.

Theatre Victoria wants to chill you, thrill you, fulfill you.

Get spaced out on sensation, like you're under sedation at the Leo J. Welder Center.

Get ready to shiver with antici ... pation.

There's a light over at (producing artistic director Charles) Moster's place.

Forget musicals. Theatre Victoria is taking on a science fiction double feature.

OK, OK, enough with the groans already. In case you haven't guessed it yet, Theatre Victoria is throwing a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" fundraiser on Oct. 29. The cult classic is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and as such, the theater plans to screen the movie complete with costumes, dancing and the requisite props (confetti, squirt guns, toast, newspapers, etc).

"I remember in high school going to the Playhouse Theatre, and I thought it was hilarious, especially how everyone got so involved in the participation parts," theater board member and event chair Lisa Hernandez said. "We had pitched this idea several years ago, but it was turned down. But now, we're finally getting the chance to put it on."

Although the movie came out in 1975, midnight showings of the rock opera are still regularly being held all across the country, where people dress in costume as their favorite character, live actors perform scenes simultaneously with the film and audience members throw props at the screen at designated times. In honor of that tradition, the theater will be providing the props and everyone is encouraged to dress up in character, Hernandez said. In addition, there will also be a costume contest, drag races, Time Warp dancers and food and drinks.

"We haven't had a fundraiser in four or five years, and so we're definitely due for one," Hernandez added. "This is sort of a kickoff to our attempts to secure money and grants to purchase a permanent projector and screen for the theater. We eventually want to branch out into holding film festivals at the Welder Center."

Invitations to the Oct. 29 Rocky Horror Picture Show fundraiser at the Leo J. Welder Center will be sent out about two weeks prior to the event. Those wanting to attend can call the box office at the Welder Center to get on the waiting list. It's likely open spots will become available, Hernandez said.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 9:30 p.m. at the Leo J. Welder center. Tickets are $50 and $30 for students 18 and over.

For more information or to inquire about tickets, call 361-570-8587.

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