If a quiet Valentine’s Day dinner isn’t your style, Brandon Pride and the Evans Theatre have teamed up to provide something with a little more excitement.
A screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
"It’s a really neat way to provide an inclusive social evening within the Brandon community," Brandon Pride chairperson Kenneth Jackson said.
The 1975 cult film musical starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick, will be screened at the Evans Theatre at Brandon University tonight at 10 p.m.
Tickets cost $6 at the door, and are also available at Smitten Adult Boutique ahead of time.
It’s the third year that Brandon Pride and the theatre have partnered to show the movie.
For those who haven’t seen it, attending a screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" isn’t like any other night at the movie theatre. The film is known for audience participation.
It’s customary, for example, to dress as characters from the movie — which can include men dressing in stilettos and fishnet stockings.
"Rocky Survival Kits" are available at the door for a small fee to assist audience participation.
It contains such items as rice to be thrown during the wedding scene, and water guns to be squirted during the rain storm in the movie.
Jackson said the event is as a fun, inclusive event that younger people can take part in.
While aimed at the LGBTQ community and its supporters, it’s open to everyone.
The movie screening represents Brandon Pride’s ongoing effort to promote understanding of the issues faced by the LGBTQ community and how they affect larger society.
Jackson said, to him, the movie and its audience participation aspect represents acceptance — regardless of what anyone looks like or how they dress.
It’s also the kickoff to the volunteer drive to help stage events for the annual Brandon Pride weekend in June. Past weekends have featured a social and an inclusive service at Knox United Church.
An all-ages event has also been added in response to the number of gay-straight alliances now in high schools.
"The more volunteers we can find the bigger and more successful event we can put on," Jackson said.
Those who want to volunteer can email Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or message Brandon Pride through its Facebook page.
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