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The Transylvanian Tymes

Volume VI, Issue 5
Written by Bill--"Brad Majors"
May 31, 1997

The end is near . . . End of what? End of life as you know it. End of your perspective of Rocky Horror as being a Long Beach phenomenon which keeps calling you back, inexplicably, week after week, year after year. Yes, the end. For in just 21 days (give or take), Midnight Insanity presents to you, "The Light in the Darkness" . . . the 22nd Anniversary to The Rocky Horror Picture Show!!! Yes, it's been 22 years and we're throwing the big bash! A veritable Transylvanian Paradise, the greatest minds in the world of Rocky Horror (along with quite a few highly attractive bods!) will be here, performing special numbers, competing in costume contests, and Time Warping the night away. Tickets are available in the lobby at the merchandising table. We hope to see you there (er, here!)

We Didn't Start the Fire. . .

. . . and if you believe *that*, we have a bridge we'd like to sell you. A couple weeks ago, several cast members showed up to the show smelling of a bonfire. We decided to spend a few hours hanging out at the beach, before the show, roasting marshmallows and weenies, and drinking lots of "Josta" cola. So we got the fire started and it was burning pretty good . . . uhhh,
that is until some unnamed individual tossed a can of Josta into the fire-pit. Well, that sucker started to sizzle pretty quick and soon enough, it popped! This had the effect of sending little bits of hot, burning embers in *every* direction, covering a good 15 feet away from the fire-pit itself. I have to say, we never *did* see a shower of sparks quite like that . . . the embers turned a nearby beach blanket into swiss-cheese!! We also caught the attention of the nearby surrounding fire-pits . . . yes, we're celebrities, even at the beach!! Now, about this time, we should probably caution you about trying this at home. The above was conducted by trained, Midnight Insanity professionals who *know* how to play with fire. Er, well, you know what we mean. Anyway, subsequent attempts to reproduce the effect (and capture it on video) refused to pan out. Perhaps it's a sign not to leave too much incriminating evidence around.

Over the Top!!!

See that guy in the corset, fishnets and high heels? Yeah, that guy. That's Dr. Frank-N-Furter, or, "Tim Curry". Yes, Tim Curry, that guy you saw in numerous movies from "Three Musketeers" to "Muppet Treasure Island" . . . or for you drag-fans, check out "Loaded Weapon 1". Well, news on the wire is that Tim has decided to spend

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some time on the small screen for a bit . . . and we're not talking about some two-bit video-showing of Rocky Horror, either!!! Nope, Tim recently finished a pilot for a new sitcom called "Over the Top", and it did so well, ABC has picked it up for their fall season!!! Tim will be playing "Simon Ferguson", and out-of-work actor. Over the Top also features Annie Potts as Tim's ex- wife. Annie is Tim's real-life ex-girlfriend . . . talk about typecasting!!! :-) The new show is scheduled to air on Tuesday nights at 8:30pm. Of course, you have to wait till September to see it. :-(

Drew Carey

Didja catch it? The season finale for "The Drew Carey Show" was broadcast this month, and features a dance number, including "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and "The Time Warp"!!! How do we know?! We were *there*!!! Yes, that's right, all those people in the background you see dressed in Rocky costumes are non-other than your home cast, "Midnight Insanity". We sacrificed a night (like, an *entire* night), and headed on up to Hollywood to watch them spend 12 hours on a 5-minute scene. Now, we're not the dancers, because they went and hired professional dancers for that sort of thing. And no, they didn't do an official "Time Warp" dance. Talk to the lawyers about that one . . . as it was explained to us, they got rights to use the song, and the characters, but also doing the correct dance meant they would also have to adhere to dozens of other requirements, that would take away their creative control. Overall, I thought the dance they did was pretty cool, and they
definitely held their own against those "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" people. All in all, it was a cool scene, and we enjoyed being part of it. You can probably catch it in the re-runs, the episode is titled "New York and Queens", and will probably air again sometime in August/September, just before the next season starts.

Spin City

Have you noticed that ABC seems to be "The Rocky Horror" network these days? We have Tim Curry next fall, Drew Carey paying us homage, and we just had a very successful season of "Spin City", featuring Barry Bostwick as "Mayor Randall Winston". Well, you'll be happy to know (well, *I'm* happy to know) that "Spin City" has been signed on for another season! Go Barry!!!

Closing Comments

Midnight insanity would like to thank the Art Theatre Management and crew, for allowing us to perform here *every fucking week*; the Management and crew of the Woodland Hills theatre (Topanga), same reason; Denny's and Shorehouse Caf‚, for putting up with us at all hours of the night; everyone who read this far down . . . since I took the time to write it, you guys *ought* to read it, right? Right???; and, of course, all you folks out there who make it a point to defy your parents and ignore every warning that Rocky Horror is a place for degenerate weirdos who wear strange clothes and makeup and do weird things to "virgins". How'd *they* find out?! Oh well, see you during "Time Warp"!!!
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