Scandalous ‘Rocky Horror’ shocks ULV

Posted Dec. 8, 2006

Sergio Sandoval

Shouting out obscene phrases during a theater production is usually not acceptable. But this rule doesn’t apply to “The Rocky Horror Show,” where the audience is expected to participate. On Nov. 30, the Campus Activities Board hosted the production featuring a cast from Chapman University. Ayriel Hartmen, Jos McCain and Celina Huang perform “Vixen Kabaret,” the pre-show for their “Rocky Horror” performance.


The Dailey Theatre was filled with an assortment of parents, students and visitors on Nov. 30 as the Chapman University cast of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” came to strut its stuff one last time in a performance that combined song, dance, comedy, drama and a lot of skin.

If you have never seen the movie, or a live production of “Rocky Horror,” it is very difficult to guess what you are about to encounter.

This was the case for over half of the audience members, most of which were University of La Verne students, who found out about the performance through Campus Activities Board advertisements.

Before the production even started, most of the students began to second guess what they had gotten themselves into.

Two of the lovely ladies from the Vixen Cabaret came out into the audience and asked for those who had never seen the show live to raise their hands.

Once hands were raised, cast members walked around the audience with red lipstick, marking the foreheads of those with their hands stretched with a giant letter “V.”

“Virgin, Virgin, Virgin!” was shouted by the cast, and then all with scarlet letters branded on their heads were asked to make their way to the stage.

“I had no idea what to expect,” Cerina DeSouza, a sophomore communications major said.

“I’m just really glad that I didn’t have to do the first thing,” she added in reference to the cast giving out Big Stick Popsicles and then assigning virgins to eat the popsicles while other virgins held them by their private areas.

They played a few other similar games before the show actually began, and, because of this, they lost a few audience members.

“We left, and I was pissed.” Jamie Mahoney, a senior communications major said. “You just don’t do that to people.”

After the virgins were sufficiently humiliated, the show began with a performance from the Vixen Cabaret.

The performance was similar to soft-core porn except for the fact that this was set to choreography.

With nothing but Xs of tape covering the performer’s breasts, they simulated an orgy onstage while erotic videos were projected on the screen in the background.

Once again the performance lost a few audience members.

“I was unaware of the sexual nature of the pre-show and I was quite embarrassed,” said Samantha Toia, CAB comedy chair and organizer of the event.

“If I would have known, I may have scheduled them just for the actual performance with out the pre-show,” she added.

When the main attraction finally began the members of the audience that had stayed seemed to relax and settle into their seats.

The “Rocky Horror Picture Show” DVD was projected onto the screen and the cast acted along to it.

They mouthed the words with the characters from the movie, but what was most amazing was how accurate the cast was at imitating each movement and facial expression to match the movie.

Ivan VanMoran has directed and starred as Frankie in the show for the last four years.

He said it was something that he was extremely passionate about.

“Rocky Horror” is a story about exploring your sexuality in any way imaginable.

Through a series of twists and turns of comedic events, the beauty of accepting our sexual desires is expressed.

“I love doing it; it is creative and inspiring, but I especially love the fact that I can get away with anything in this outfit,” VanMoran said as he pointed to his corset, fishnet stockings and five-inch high heels.

In collaboration with the Student Society of Entertainment Arts, VanMoran started the production when he was a freshman and now it has become a tradition at Chapman.

ULV’s CAB decided to invite the cast to perform so that VanMoran and the cast could put all their hard work to use one last time.

The turn out of about 60 people at ULV was less than the cast was used to.

VanMoran said he hoped that Chapman would continue with the tradition of performing the show every year, possibly even returning to ULV.

“I hope we continue to do it; with Ivan leaving I want to help carry on the tradition,” said Chapman freshman communications major Ana Roth, who played Magenta.

“Plus it was nice this year being able to come here and do it again,” she added.

Jillian Peña can be reached at jpena2@ulv.edu.

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