Panther Portrait: Rocky Horror Picture Show

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On Friday, Nov. 1, over 100 students and community members gathered in the Strayer-Wood Theater for the annual midnight screening of the Tim Curry cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Alpha Psi Omega, UNI’s theatre honors society, hosted the event. An admission fee of either $3 or a donation of three canned goods benefitted the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

The event, hosted by David Harnois of TheatreUNI, began a little after midnight on Nov. 2 with the “auction of the virgins,” a tradition where “Rocky Horror” first-timers are invited onstage and “auctioned” off to the satirical bids of the crowd. Nearly half of the audience were new to the “Rocky Horror” experience.

The show began soon after, supplemented by the jeers of costumed movie-goers, singing, dancing and the use of props corresponding to the on-screen action. Prop bags were available for purchase outside the event, alongside concessions.

Rubber gloves were snapped in sync with the movie’s anti-hero, Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter, and the Time Warp dance was performed multiple times by an excited late-night crowd.