“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a cult-film favorite, is always one of the most well-attended Halloween events across the country, and Mount Baker Theatre’s annual production often sells out. Advance tickets are recommended.
The movie, accompanied by live actors, runs Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 at Mount Baker Theatre.
Here’s a peek at what’s in store for audience members (who are encouraged to participate with call-backs, rice-throwing and more, as tradition dictates) from Brian Toews, 23. He is directing the cast of live actors who will perform alongside the film actors each night. Toews just finished performing with iDiOM Theater’s production of “These Seven Sicknesses.”
Toews was born in Redmond and grew up in Lake Stevens. He receive his bachelor’s degree in English literature and theater from Western Washington University.
I remember loving the freedom of being someone else and felt like I was truly “good at something.” That was important to “little Brian” back then; I was bullied as a kid, so you can’t blame me.
Throughout grade school I acted in a few plays here and there, but it wasn’t until I went to Western that I started taking theater more seriously and working a lot harder at it. In college I was able to perform, write, direct and artistic direct a handful of productions. In every single one I’ve garnered a newer understanding of the art form of theater.
I experienced plenty of trial and error, welcoming sagely advice from my peers and professors that has helped me grow as an artist. Some of my favorite productions at Western include “Equus,” “The Nerd,” “The Hob Nob,” (a play I wrote), and WWU’s Theatre Ambassador’s Tour 2014.
Theater audiences are generally more open to empathy and understanding the complications of the human condition, made possible by the ensemble and production company and the content being mounted. If an audience member is a different person or carries a different perspective about the world around them after leaving the performance, we’ve done our jobs as artists. That challenge and journey to get to that point is what brings me joy.
For die-hard and casual fans of the show, they’re going to love it!
On the horizon, I’ve been writing two new plays, dabbling in performance art and continuing to advocate and foster the arts with my work on the iDiOM board of trustees, as well as in the public schools as an English and drama teacher. (Toews was recently informed he’ll be student teaching with drama instructor Ruben Van Kempen at Roosevelt High School in Seattle).