Rocky Horror rings in the new year at HHT

Historic Hemet Theatre
The New Year’s Eve crowd excitedly participated in the traditional interactive viewing experience of Rocky Horror Picture Show

■ Susan Carrier / Contributed

First Published: Jan. 4, 2018

As advertised, The Historic Hemet Theatre’s “Craziest New Year’s in Town,” was an over-the-top celebration where over 200 cult fans danced to “The Time Warp” during the annual New Year’s Eve showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Prop bags filled with squirt guns, toilet paper, noisemakers, playing cards, confetti and more were distributed at the door — all part of the fun for the 1975 cult classic film.
Dozens of Rocky “virgins” came forward to have their forehead branded with a lipstick “V” during the pre-show orientation. The most bizarre costumed contestants were awarded cans of Silly String by the “shadow cast” that lead the craziness, providing an orientation for the use of the props and the proper execution of “The Time Warp” dance.

Two “Transylvanians” weird their rolls of toilet paper in preparation for the new year..

The night ended with a champagne toast at midnight and a unanimous cheer to return next year to do it all again.
Meanwhile, the start of the new year brought the start of the new Tribute Mania Concert Series.

2019 Update
The Historic Hemet Theatre will host “Bruno and the Hooligans, a tribute to Bruno Mars, Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale and $25 the day of the show. Ticket sales are selling fast, but are expected to still be available until the day of the show.
In addition to Bruno Mars, the season series will feature tributes to Van Halen, Marvin Gaye, Glen Campbell, John Denver, AC/DC, the Four Seasons, and The Doors..
Event tickets are available online at or at the theatre ticket office. Ticket Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets are also available at the Downtown Deli, 113 N Harvard St, and the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 S Harvard St.
Information on all theatre events are available at or by calling the ticket office, (951) 658-5950. A weekly email blast of upcoming events is available by enrolling on the website.

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