Rocky Horror FAQ

FAQ for THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

We’re so excited to present the OG cult-classic rock-n-roll sci-fi musical this summer in the Straz Center’s Jaeb Theater, July 10 – Aug. 4. Tickets are on sale now and going VERY FAST. Please note: tickets increase by date and seating location according to demand and so we urge everyone to make a plan and book ASAP to not only avoid sellouts but to avoid higher prices. 

We’re getting questions, so here are the answers. We will continue to add to this as we get more queries. Last revised 6/11/24 at 2:49pm.

What is the runtime?

The show is approximately 2 hours long, including a 20 minute intermission. 

Is there a midnight performance?

No. We’re old. Kidding, not kidding. The truth is we can’t do a midnight show and still have the industry standard time off between that performance and the matinee the next day. And we’re old.

Is there an age restriction?

No. Jobsite does not offer age recommendations or trigger/content warnings but hopes any potential guest to any show does their research to make the best informed decision for themselves and anyone they want to bring. If we can be of any assistance in helping with that, ask us about your particular concerns. We can safely say the show contains no nudity (not even the nipple-slip from the movie) and minimal adult language (there’s the lyric “a mental mindf*ck can be nice”). However, The Rocky Horror Show is about a sex-crazed alien from the planet Transexual in the galaxy of Transylvania — so you do the math. Well, a guy gets killed with a pick-axe, but let’s be real no one in America cares about violence. Rocky Horror has been around for some 52 years, so it’s not like there isn’t plenty of info out there.

Do you have info on the cast, band, and production team?

Yep. Here.

Can I take photos/video during the show?

Absolutely not while the show is in progress. Feel free before/after the show or during intermission. Guests recording the show in any way will be asked to leave.

Are costumes allowed?

Of course, we’re actively encouraging people to dress up and come ready to have fun! Don’t dream it, be it!

Wait, do I have to dress up?

Absolutely not. Do you.

What about props?

A production-themed prop/swag bag will be for sale in the lobby, so leave your super soakers and toast at home. We ask that everyone respects the venue by NOT bringing in things and/or making a mess. Anyone disrespecting the space (including the stage) will be asked to leave.

Can I call out AP lines?

We thought about this one long and hard. The short answer: yes, but it requires nuance.

THIS IS NOT THE MOVIE, THIS IS NOT A SHADOWCAST. The timings will not be the same as the movie, the script is not the same as the movie (Rocky talks!), there are different verses and even whole songs from what you might know from the movie. The music is not played the same way as it is in the film (if you know the 1973 Roxy production from LA prior to the film’s release you’re in for a TREAT). Many AP lines for the film are based on visual cues that will not be present on stage. We say all that to underscore that all those perfectly-timed callbacks you’ve built up over the years at shadowcast screenings are not all going to work in the live show. Maybe leave the entertainment portion of the evening up to the professionals?

Also, THIS IS NOT *A* MOVIE, it’s a live performance with real human professional actors, musicians, and technicians who worked hard for over a month to make a cool thing. Movies don’t care how much much you scream, how loud you scream, or what you scream at them. Actors, and the audience seated around you, will. Guests who are disrespectful/disruptive to the performers or the audience around them will be asked to leave. 

Related: keep in mind people are paying up to $79.50 (or even as little as $24.50, we’re just saying it’s MUCH more than a movie ticket) before fees and not only is it rude to the others around you to distract from what’s on stage — why would you scream through the whole thing and not enjoy this really unique live experience you paid for?

TL;DR ON AP: please DO come and have fun and share in the good time with those around you and our performers, but anyone being disrespectful/disruptive to the performers or audience (this includes people who are just generally loud and hammered not even doing AP) will be asked to leave and will not get a refund. We sincerely do not want to be the fun police, but FAAFO.

People can’t behave, this is Florida FFS, why are you even allowing AP callbacks at all?

We thought about it, we swear. A lot. But, we settled on that in a way this IS part of the experience now and the show might be a little boring without any AP. We also know no matter how much we tell folks no AP, people would inevitably do some anyway and we can’t wear our ushers and security staff out by kicking out every single person who inadvertently tosses out an AP line by reflex.

We hope anyone wanting to be the center of attention/compete with/outright heckle the cast will read all this and ask themselves why they’d pay a bunch of money to get kicked out, but we also know a lot of people don’t read/think rules aren’t meant for them so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

We hope people can behave within the lines we’ve drawn and meet our production (not the movie you know) where it is — we PROMISE you a great time if you can do that. If AP becomes a problem once we open, we reserve the right to eliminate callbacks at any time, including at the intermission of any given performance. Again, please don’t make us be the fun police.

This all sounds lame, Rocky is all about Anything Goes, no-holds-barred, wild AP.

Don’t come! 🙂 Also, that’s not a question and you’re wrong. The *movie/shadowcast* experience is all about that, so if that’s what you want allow us to recommend the local shadowcast group Hell on Heels — it’s also a lot cheaper than a theater ticket! 

I’m confused, what the heck is AP and why are you making a big deal about it?

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW was a successful stage show in London, New York, and Los Angeles before being adapted into a movie, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. That film kinda flopped, but then this weird thing happened where people starting showing up in costumes, acting out in front of the screen, and yelling out things at key moments. AP = Audience Participation. Most know ROCKY HORROR through the participatory movie experience, and a lot of that has now bent back and filtered into the vibe of the show even when performed live. You do not need to know anything about the movie or the AP experience to come and enjoy this amazing show!

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