So, you want to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) live, but you aren't sure what to expect. Well you've come to the right place.

First, let's get some terminology out of the way:

  • Shadow Cast - A cast of live "actors" (by some loose definition of the word) acting out the movie in front of the screen
  • Virgin - Most likely YOU. In the context of RHPS a virgin is anyone who hasn't seen the show with a live shadow cast before (watching the movie at home doesn't count).
  • Callbacks - No, you're not auditioning for anything: In this case callbacks are lines or phrases shouted out at the movie at opportune times (more on this later)

Your First Time:

For your first experience of the RHPS you don't need to bring anything other than a sense of humor and money for admission (though, we often do free shows) We also sell "survival packs" and water guns at our shows. It's not even strictly necessary to participate in callbacks or throwing props. Much like in sex, no one expects you to know what to do on your first time. However, if you want to get a leg up on all the other virgins and are interested in learning how to participate, read on.

rocky lips


"In the begining God said 'let there be lips'." ... Callbacks are very prevelent during the opening song "Science Fiction Double Feature." These will probably be some of the first call backs you learn, mostly due to the fact that some of them are repeated several times. Here is an excellent callback script that has been compiled by Reddit users


We sell "survival packs" with all the props you should need to enjoy yourself, however you're free to bring your own props. That being said there are some things that you should know:

  • Do NOT throw any food except rice or toast.
  • Do NOT bring a water gun that is bigger than your hand
  • If you bring your own water gun we will make you spray the contents in your mounth before you can come in
  • Do NOT bring weapons, did I really need to tell you that?

When throwing props:

  • People in the back throw forward
  • People in the front throw back
  • People in the middle THROW UP!

NEVER throw props at cast members. The audience paid good money to be hit with stuff, so you better hit them with stuff!



As soon as you see the church steeple start throwing your rice

wedding scene
Brad and Janet in the rain

After exiting the car


After Brad and Janet get out of the car and step into the rain put a newspaper on your head like Janet does

Water pistol

Again, AFTER* Brad and Janet get out of the car start shooting your water pistols in to air, now do you understand why you have the newspaper?

*no one likes a pre-mature ejaculator

When Brad and Janet sing "There's a light"

Flash light

turn on your flashlight (or cellphone light) and start waving it around, light the theater up!

turn the light off when they sing "... in the darkness"

NO open flames
Riff-Raff in the window
Let's do the Time Warp again!

Time Warp

Let's do the Time Warp again!

If you don't know how to dance, it's ok, just watch everyone else.
See, they can't dance either!


Rubber Glove

During the creation scene Frank snaps his gloves three times, you should attemp to snap your gloves in sync. It sounds really cool.


At the end of the creation speech the Transylvanians applaud and use noise makers, you should join them

Underwear Run (only at select locations)

When Rocky starts singing "Sword of Damocles" head to the back of the theater (If you've been given permission ahead of time) and strip down to your underwear (or whatever) and get ready for the signal to start running around the theater in your underwear
put your clothes back on afterwards, we can only handle so much of your awesome bod before our heads explode.


When Frank and Rocky are heading off to the bedroom the Transylvanians throw confetti at them, you can do the same. Our Survival Packs do not include confetti, you could just use some left over rice
If you DO bring your own confetti, please DO NOT bring confetti with glitter

Creation scene
rocky lips

Dr. Scotts arrival

Toilet Paper

When Dr. Scott enters the lab, Brad shouts "Great Scott!". Throw your toilet paper (Scott* brand is best)
*THAT'S THE JOKE. Got it? ... Good.



When Frank proposes a toast, throw your toast

Party Hat

Frank puts on a party hat, you should as well*, When he angrily throws his hat off, feel free to throw yours, they can make pretty decent projectiles
*We don't always include party hats in our survival packs, but if your crafty you can make a hat from your newspaper ... Good Luck!

Frank at dinner
Planet Schmanet

Planet Schmanet Janet


When Frank is chasing Janet up the stairs in the song "Planet Schmanet Janet" he sings "when we made it, did you hear a bell ring?" Ring a bell if you have one, or create a poor mans bell by shaking your keys or simply shouting "ding dong".
We provide neither bells nor keys.

I'm Going Home


During the song "I'm Going Home", Frank sings "Cards for sorry, cards for pain". Throw your cards.

rocky lips


Facebook: The Tolls of Madness