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by Mark Shelden on Sunday, 30 October 2011
I went to the Rocky Horror Picture Show with a couple of family members tonight and I had a great time. But, as I sit here combing enough rice out of my hair to feed a third world country, my brain is sifting through mountains of memories that are threatening to explode out of my ears. The complimentary 'grit'. The hazards of falling asleep. "I just want you two boys to know, Jesus loves you." Chilling at an after show gathering the night Paul Ferrara came in and informed us that Sam Kinison had died. Chasing the Nazis out of the parking lot with a cinder block. Out drawing 'Interview With The Vampire' the night it opened at the Festival. Being woken up every morning by Trish and Melanie with "Coffee". Here's one I'll never forget:
Angie: Hi Mark. Tell Mike he's hot as f@#k for me.
Me: Ok. I'll tell him. (turning to Mike who is standing behind her.) Mike, Angie says your hot as f@#k.
(Mike and I spend the rest of the night laughing, Angie, who was maybe 14 at the time, spends the rest of the night blushing.)
A lot of memories. A LOT of them.
I was a part of the Rocky Horror Picture Show for fourteen years, from 1992 through 2006. I worked with every cast on the east coast of Florida from a VERY brief stay in West Palm, all the way north to Titusville. Two of those casts allowed me the privilege of directing them. More than half of my friends list are people I met at Rocky, including the people who are today, my family. I even met my Future (ex)wife there. It was a crazy time. We were celebrities. We were on the radio. We were in the newspaper. We were on TV. We were stopped for autographs. We could scarcely walk out our front doors without being recognized. We were treated like rock stars and we acted like it too. We worked hard, and played harder. Every day was a party at the "Rocky house". Sleep was unheard of. Yes, there was even the euphemistic "sex, drugs, and rock n roll". It was a hell of a ride and we took it as far as it would go, sometimes way farther than we should, lol. Did I say we acted like rock stars? Hell, we WERE rock stars. So when we arrived at the theatre tonight I was hoping to see some old familiar faces and yes, I couldn't help but wonder if we would still be recognized.
It was all new faces, and no one had the slightest idea who we were.
You know, I'm ok with that. In fact, I'm quite happy about it. Don't get me wrong, I'm proud as hell of the time I gave to Rocky and the people I worked with (more about them shortly), but it's nice to see Rocky moving forward with new faces, new talent, and new ideas. They shouldn't remember us. Our time has passed. We moved on with our lives while they picked up the ball and ran with it. It's there time now. God bless them all.
As for me, I'm content to live in anonymity, with the knowledge that even now, on any given Friday or Saturday, I could pull together a cast just from my friends list, and, without breaking a sweat, blow there doors off. During my time, I got to work with people like Patricia Laster, Joseph West, Shanan Cummings, Chris Erwin, Bob Roma, Jim Millspaugh, and, and, MY GOD! SO many amazingly gifted people. I could go on and on. In fact, I will. Suzanne Costner, Angela Dean, Mike Ferrara, Vicki Lockard, Rob Carlson, Tanya Payne, Jayme Merchant, Sara Ferrara, Melissa Romaniak, Ed Colon, Karolyn McDonald, Chris Allen, Bill Cassinelli, I could do this all day and all night. Anybody who doesn't see there name should take a bow in the comment section. You deserve it. Guaranteed every one of these people still know there parts. I could 'put the band back together' and they would still rock on seconds notice.
My hats off to the new faces at the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Enjoy the ride. You have a great look and a great atitude. I wish you all the success in the world. But I wouldn't trade my memories or the people I've known. Not for anything in the world.