‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at The Varsity wraps up Halloween celebration

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Date(s) - 10/28/2018
12:00 am

The Varsity Center


Tim Curry (center) plays the part of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show.’ It was Curry’s first film role; he was a stage actor who defined the iconic role in the British and American theatrical productions.


CARBONDALE – A Carbondale Halloween tradition returns as The Varsity takes on the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at midnight Saturday, Oct. 27.

The 515-seat theater space in the venue will be open to all creatures of the night as they enjoy this tale of an engagement trip gone horribly right. Say hello to Riff Raff, Magenta, Columbia, Dr. Frank-N-Furter and the whole Transylvanian crew, showing up for the first time in the downtown venue.

The 1975 musical, an homage to the campy sci-fi and horror films of the 1950s, follows the strange tale of Brad and Janet, who are on their way to visit an old professor. When their car breaks down, they seek help at a mysterious castle and soon realize they have wandered into a night that will change their lives forever. They are introduced to Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a gender-busting mad scientist who is working on his dream of building the perfect man. Each twist and turn reveals new sides of the residents of the castle, as well as our young lovers.

The movie stars, among others, Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as the young lovers. It is rated R.

The screening is just a part of a very special evening. Enjoy the cult classic, complete with callbacks, props, dancing and the induction ceremony. Snacks and drinks, including one-night-only signature cocktails, will be available at The Varsity Bar. Have you never been to a showing before? Don’t know the steps to the Time Warp? Confused about your feelings for Frank? Don’t panic! Ms. Demeanor and her cast of characters will make you feel right at home as they bring you into the Rocky Horror family.

Come dressed to impress for the grand finale of Carbondale’s Halloween Weekend celebration after the downtown events have concluded on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Varsity Bar will be open at 11 a.m. that day and will serve beer, wine, cocktails, snacks and popcorn throughout the day and through the screening.

Tickets are $7 and $5 for students with ID. They are available in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. They also will be available at the venue beginning at 4 p.m.  Ticket purchase also gets you a complimentary prop bag to allow for active participation.

The Varsity is at 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale. Go to www.facebook.com/varsitycenter to discover more upcoming events.