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‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’: An FSU Tradition

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FSU chapter.

It’s that time of year again when FSU has its annual presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This year, the event will be on Oct. 26 and 27 at the Askew Student Life Center at the Student Life Cinema (SLC). Doors to the SLC will open at 10 p.m., and the show will begin at midnight, but the SLC recommends that you show up as early as possible to get a spot in line because of how popular this showing is. 

To those who are unfamiliar with this event, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 classic musical comedy horror film. The story follows an engaged couple named Brad and Janet whose car breaks down during a storm near a mansion, where they go for help. The eerie mansion belongs to Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist, and during their time at his estate, they experience many bizarre events. Without revealing any spoilers, I can say that this movie is fascinating and loved by audiences, especially during the Halloween season. 

At Florida State, the show features live performances from the Cheap Thrills shadow cast, who act out the movie while it plays. If you are still getting familiar with what a shadow cast is, they are an ensemble of artists who act out a movie while it plays, often dancing and singing. 

The showing of this movie is a highly anticipated annual event along with the funny activities that accompany it and has become a beloved tradition. The SLC recommends that audience members dress up in costume and participate in the show as well. 

The event is one of the SLC’s most respected traditions, and students love it. The showing happens in late October each year and is a fun Halloween event that students find entertaining. Still, many college students also profoundly resonate with the importance of the film. The film was released in 1975, and it has themes of exploration of identity that resonated with the LGBTQ+ community and had a significant impact at the time. From the time of the film’s initial release to the present day, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been an iconic cult classic that audiences love.

For the showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at FSU this year, the SLC recommends that audience members dress in their favorite costumes and that they should be ready for games, dancing, and a costume contest as part of the event. The SLC will provide fun props for audience members to participate in the show. You are encouraged to be an active part of the show, arrive in a fun costume, and, of course, bring friends! 

For anyone who is interested in attending the event at the SLC this year, movies are free for FSU students with a valid FSU ID, $6 for general admission, and $3 for FSU faculty, staff, and alums. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an FSU tradition that students do not want to miss! 

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Abigail Botsford is a freshman at FSU majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media with a minor in Communication. This is her second semester in Her Campus and she is on Media Staff. Outside of Her Campus, Abigail is involved in the honors program, Best Buddies, and FSU's Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter. In her free time, Abigail enjoys going to the beach, reading, and spending time with friends.