It is almost Halloween, and that means the UNC Pauper Players are ready to see you shiver with antici...pation.
For the fifth year in a row, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be presented at the Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street on Friday, Oct. 25, Saturday, Oct. 26 and Halloween night. There will be two shows each night, with one performance beginning at 9:30 p.m. and the other at 11:59 p.m.
This year's performances will be different than in the past because it seeks to focus on themes of confidence and body positivity.
Living up to its status as a cult classic, the “Rocky Horror” performance has sold out in 24 hours for the past three years at UNC — which is part of the reason there are an extra two shows this year. In the past, there were only four.
In previous years, there were two shows each on the Friday and Saturday before Halloween. Maria Cade, a sophomore and one of the producers for “Rocky Horror” this year, said one of the best parts of this year's performances is that for the first time ever, there will be two performances on Halloween itself, as well as a costume contest.
“Since Halloween celebrations are such a big deal, this will be such a great addition because the show is being performed at the Varsity Theatre,” Cade said. “It’ll be a great opportunity for people to come to the theater in their costumes and start a new tradition.”
Cade and her co-producer, senior Alexis Ortiz, are responsible for managing the production and making sure everything is running smoothly.
This year is the second time Ortiz has produced “Rocky Horror,” and she said one of the greatest parts of putting on the show annually is seeing how it changes from year to year depending on who is directing.
“With this cast, we’ve really embraced confidence a lot," Ortiz said. "That’s definitely something our director has loved focusing on throughout the rehearsals. I really think that’s going to be something that the audience will be able to see and get for themselves.”