4 Things I Love About Rocky Horror Picture Show Live Shows

Our local shadow cast is performing this weekend and it’s had me reflecting on the impact of Rocky Horror Picture Show on my life, specifically live shows and shadow casts. Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic that has been running consistently in theaters since it’s release in 1975. The iconic film takes you on a strange journey with Brad and Janet as they find themselves lost and end up at an alien’s castle where he’s just build himself the perfect man. It’s absurd and ridiculous in all the best ways.

Out of the film’s cult following came the live show tradition where a shadow cast performs the movie in front of the screen as the film is played. It is a singular experience and different every night and in every location. Here in Abilene, we have the Untamed Things and we perform every few months at Play Faire Park, a historic putt putt golf course here in town. My first live shows were in Ft. Worth, but now the Untamed Things are my Rocky Horror Home.

Now, I can see that you are shivering with anticipation, so without further ado, here are three things I love about Rocky Horror Picture Show.

My criminologist costume for the upcoming show


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4 Ways to be a Straight Ally During PRIDE

Ok, so, I’ll be honest, I really debated over this post for a long time. I’ve almost written it about a million times. It’s national PRIDE month. A month to honor and support and encourage our LGBTQ+ friends. As a straight, cisgender woman, it’s not my month, and to that extent, it almost feels like it’s not my place to say anything, but I love my LBGTQ+ friends deeply and I want to be a source of support and strength for them at all times, but particularly this month; and I think there are a lot of us “straight allies” who want to be supportive but maybe don’t always know how.

So to that extent, I’ve written out four really simple, basic ways a straight ally can help support the LGBTQ+ community. This list is not exhaustive and is not going to be the right answer for everyone. There may be things you do to help the LGBTQ+ community that I won’t list here and there may be things that I list that you don’t agree with. I am open to dialogue with anyone about how straight allies can better help and support our fellow humans this month and all months of the year.

With that massively wordy intro, here are my four suggestions on ways to be a straight ally this month.

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What’s going on…

Hello my lovelies!

Oh, it’s been a long time since I wrote to you all. I’ve missed you, but life has had some curves lately and writing has had to take a backseat for quite some time.

I guess the best way to say it is to just say it: I’m getting divorced.

Yup, the big D, and not the fun one.

It’s been a long time coming, and while it sucks, some days more than others, I know it’s what’s best for me, my kids, and my soon-to-be-ex-husband.

I don’t want to go into details because it’s not just my story and I don’t really feel like it’s my place to tell it, but it’s a big change for me and my family.

I don’t hate my husband-to-be-ex (there’s no good term for this in-between stuff), and you won’t find me bad mouthing him anywhere online, or in person. I have a few trusted friends I can vent to, but he’s a good person and a great dad and I sincerely wish him all the happiness in the world. We just weren’t meant to be spouses.

The kids are doing well. They don’t quite “get it” but they’re adapting.

It’s hard, but life is never stagnant and this is simply the way that our path has turned through the woods.

So, all that being said, the blog might start to look a little different, because my life is starting to look a little different; but I’m excited to start sharing it with you all again.



Hedwig and the Angry Inch

I just had the great pleasure of seeing Abilene Live Theatre put on Hedwig and the Angry Inch at The Neon Parrot here in Abilene. While Abilene Live Theatre is still a young production company, they have accomplished something truly marvelous. 

To understand what ALT has achieved, allow me to nerd out for a moment. Theatre is as old as civilization. Storytelling and drama have existed in every civilized people ever recorded, but the play differs from the story in such a unique and wonderful way. 

You see, a play and a story can both be entertaining. They can delight you and help you spend your hours with laughter and tears. They can send you to far off places and tell of great heroes and feats of strength. They can inspire and delight. Hedwig is most certainly an entertaining way to spend an evening. 

Now plays and stories are also alike in that they portray the culture out of which they arise. Plays and stories help us to define who we are as a people and help to create our identity as a culture. Hedwig in this respect not only represents the culture from which it originated, but creates a space for people in our society who are often overlooked. 

Now here is where plays and stories differ. A play provides an unique opportunity that cannot be achieved by mere words on a page. A play creates the space to bring forth truths that no one dare speak, and fewer wish to write. A play in the midst of all its entertaining, reaches into each audience member and slowly, gently guides them to a new knowledge. 

And this is where Hedwig shines. Hedwig does not merely entertain you for an hour. It does not simply show the struggles of a transgender woman during the 80’s and 90’s as she dreams of a career in music. No, Hedwig reaches into your soul to show you the truth that all people just want to be loved, exactly as they are. 

Hedwig is a great rock opera and was expertly put on by the small cast from Abilene Live Theatre. The venue is perfect, the music sublime; but the truth of this play, the knowledge it seeks to impart, that cannot be missed. 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch will continue tomorrow and next weekend. You can find details on this Facebook event page. I strongly encourage everyone to see this show. You will be a better person for it.