Rocky Horror...Get your Frank On!

It’s October and that means it is time for fishnets, big hair, lots of eyeliner, and rowdy fun. All around East Tennessee Rocky Horror fans are pulling out costumes, getting their props together, and calling friends to plan annual pre-show meet-ups.

And, there is no shortage of opportunity to catch this classic romp.

Whether you are a die-hard Rocky fan, or a relative newcomer to the tradition that is The Rocky Horror Picture Show, you have your pick of Rocky fare in a variety of settings and locations this October—all within a short drive.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show began life in 1973 in England as a live musical performance written by Richard Obrien. However, the popularity of the show became an international hit with the film version, which was released in 1975, starring actor Tim Curry. What began as a simple low budget film, has grown into thriving cult classic complete with audience participation by a throng of committed fans, who seem to know the dialogue of the show by heart.

So, be prepared---whether you are seeing the film version or a live production, the audience response and engagement is always considered a thriving part of every show. It is entirely likely that you will leave with confetti in your hair. For the best experience, check to see if the venue or organization producing the event will have prop-bags for purchase or if you need to bring your own. Costume options for the show are wide and pretty easy to put together—so if you want the whole experience, you need to dress for it.

If you are looking to “get your Frank on” this October, here is a brief listing of where you can do just that. There are several locations showing the classic Tim Curry film version, and at least two live productions of the original musical from which to choose. With a little planning, you can even catch more than one.

For the fans of the Tim Curry classic film, here are the locations and times:

October 19th

Tennessee Theatre Knoxville has pre-show activities, including a costume contest, with the film beginning at 11:15 p.m.

Capitol Theatre Greeneville, TN will also present the film at 9 p.m. (2nd showing Oct. 24th)

The Historic Grove Theatre in Oak Ridge will present the film at 8 p.m.

For fans of the original musical and live productions, here are two options:

Encore Theatrical will present a live production of “The Rocky Horror Show” on October 18 & 19, with two performances each evening at 7:30 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. Special VIP packages, complete with props and complimentary cocktails are available. The production will take place in Rose Center’s Prater Hall. Reservations can be made by calling 423-318-8331 or visiting etcplays.org.

The Johnson City Community Theatre will present a live production of The Rocky Horror Show from October 17 through November 1, show times 7:30 p.m.

There will be a special midnight showing on October 26th, starting at 11:55 p.m. For information, tickets, and reservations, please call 423-491-5053 or visit: www.jccommunitytheatre.org