From Rockypedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

RHPS Pre-Show Ideas Archive


Here in Sydney we don’t have much in the way of other shows to go and see, in fact ours in the only regular Rocky in the country! This means that I am starved of ideas for pre-shows, so here is a page where I’m collecting some of the different ideas as a resource not only to us, but to anyone who can’t get to another Rocky show nearby.

Feel free to use any of these in your shows, all I ask is that you share with me any routines that are not already listed here to make this resource more useful to Rocky fans everywhere.

You will notice there is a wide range of preparation needed for these, and that many of them (so far! hint hint ;) are by me. I have a ratings system so you can easily see which ones need preparation and which could be done at a moment’s notice.

  • Ready for instant use, just add a show!
  • Needs some preparation, typically a couple of simple props.
  • Requires much preparation, not for the faint-hearted, batteries not included etc.

If you read this and have another idea you would like to share, just email me the idea you have and I'll include it here.

Here's the basic format that I use here in Sydney. Of course it is flexible, so when something goes better than expected or wrong I'm always happy to change. It may be of some use to you too:

Welcome to Rocky Rules of the theater Virgin selection Virgin Sacrifice (go crazy!) Pledge(s) Rocky Callbacks on with the show... Your best research will be to see as many other pre-shows as possible... just remember to **HAVE FUN**!

Toss your Cookies!

RATING: Some Preparation.

Virgins are competing to throw 10 cookies (possibly wrapped in condoms to save on mess) into a bucket across the stage. Their score is checked against a scoreboard with the scores listed from 10 at the top to zero at the base. An arrow is moved up this board one step for each cookie that the virgin gets in the bucket. The numbers are assigned a range of activities from 10 - ‘Let them free’ down to zero - something really bad (depending on how outrageous your cast can be).

Possible activities are: perform an orgasm as the audience’s animal of choice, get handcuffed to another virgin for the show and so on. If appropriate you may award prizes, certificates or both to the virgins involved. Or perhaps only to the winners if you can handle that many virgins tossing their cookies in front of you) :)

Regular Regulars

RATING: Much Preparation.

This one is to help you build up and or get to know your groupies and regulars.

The groupies and regulars may (ask for | donate for | whatever) a frequent watcher card (like Popcorn Palace do) that has 10/15/20... spaces on it and possibly also a time limit (valid for 3/4/6 months - make sure there are enough shows though!). You’ll need a reasonably unique stamp (or get one made up at a local stamp shop) and have your Trixie (Usherette) stamp the cards at the beginning of the show.

Once a card is full the holder is eligible for special treatment. This will vary fairly widely from cast to cast, but possible ideas are : they’re treated like they’re a virgin again, get to play a role that night, get attached to a character as a helper (and given a set of things to do (on paper?) - help with props, be a prop, help with costuming, learn show specific stuff like screen gags or callbacks, help out backstage, get a free ticket to the theater.)

Spin the Tranny!

RATING: Much Preparation.

At our next performance, on 15 July, we’re going to have a "Wheel of Doom" for the virgins. Essentially like a wheel-of-fortune, but with embarrassing acts written upon it. Virgins spin the wheel and perform the act, and then win a prize.

The easy ones are obvious - fake an orgasm, etc. How about some suggestions for others?

This one requires a little construction first, but can make your preshow like a gameshow (you’ll need to find your own Vanna White though :-)

This is a chocolate wheel type machine made from whatever your props people can come up with :) We use a cardboard wheel with velcro backing to stick on the carpeted wall under our screen. The center piece is a picture of a Tranny in a pose from The Time Warp with their hand pointing up (which is the pointer to show what has been selected by the wheel.) The results can be numbers or characters from the movie which themselves refer to an envelope ("The envelope please!") which contains the actual result. This way you get to have a set of prizes, another set of punishments and whatever else.

The Tranny wheel is spun around by the choice virgin of the night, regular regular (see above) or other (as you like it). If a virgin has spun the wheel you will most likely have their result be one of the favourite virgin rites of your cast. On the other hand if it was a regular, you may have some rewards in mind.


RATING: Some Preparation.

"You’ve heard of the TV show Gladiators, tell us what you think of it?" I don’t know what your audiences are like, but here in Sydney we got a great response to this question :)

"So, we’ve decided to do our own show here at Rocky, it’s called ‘Copulators!’" This should get the audience at least a little lively, so now proceed with the show.

So far the author has used events like these, usually three is enough for a race :

Break out from being wrapped heavily in toilet paper

Burst as many ballons as possible

Eat a cream pie hands tied behind back

The Olympic Toothbrush Competition

RATING: Some Preparation.

After the person MC’ing the preshow hypes up the crowd, introducing the nth occurrence of the rare and celebrated Olympic Toothbrushing event, once again back to beat the previous time and set a new world record... Six of us come bounding down the aisle and onto the stage, al la boxers into the ring. As the MC continues a patter and we continue bounding/limbering/warming up, a toothbrush and plastic cup of water is presented to the first of the six people in line on stage.

With an application of toothpaste and a 3-count from the MC, the first person dips the toothbrush into the water and QUICKLY begins brushing their teeth. The rest of the cast and regulars enthusiastically chant and rally-on the contestants and are quickly joined by the rest of the audience.

The first person now takes a mouthful of water from the cup, swishes, gargles, spits it all back into the cup and passes both toothbrush and cup on to the next team member in line. Who, amid cheers and cries of disgust, repeats the process.

This continues on until the still relatively full cup and toothbrush are passed to the last person in line, the venerable ‘Anchor’. The crowd is wild as the clock continues to count. The tension is high. Can the previous record be broken? The Anchor grabs the toothbrush and feverishly brushes their teeth, gargles, spits back into the cup and as the crowd explodes, DRINKS THE ENTIRE CONTENTS OF THE CUP!


Needless to say, the audience loses it at that point. And I’m pretty sure a few have even lost their lunches.

The Brownie Devirginization

RATING: Some Preparation.


  • 2 Female virgins
  • 2 Male virgins
  • 2 Brownies
  • 1 MC (can add more to liking)
  • 1 audience (use the largest you can find)
  • 1 stage


Take the virgins and separate them into to groups of one male and one female. Next lay the females head to head across the front of the stage. Lay one Brownie on the crotch of each female virgin. Position the male virgins on their knees, one between each female and have them hold their hands behind their back.

Explain that this is a contest and the first one to finish their brownie wins. They are not allowed to use their hands and will be disqualified if the brownie falls off.

Enjoy! :)

Rocky Pledges

RATING: Instant Use.

General Audience Pledge: I, State Your Name, Pledge allegiance to the lips Of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. And to the decadence for which it stands, One movie, under Richard O'Brien, With Sensuous Daydreams, Erotic Nightmares, and Sins of the Flesh for All! And I promise to be creative and not repeat anything anyone else says. (this makes a bit more sense for Rocky fans in the US)

Richard O'Brien's Transylvanian Pledge: We swear, often and loudly, to strike a blow for glamour and frivolity, for rock-n-roll, for six-inch heels, for interplanetary intercourse, and for the Transylvanian Way.

Virgin Pledge from Toronto, Canada I virgin scum, do hereby admit, in front of all these people (wave), that I am a Rocky Horror Virgin. I wish to lose all my morals and accept decadence into my heart. In the name of the Frankie, and the Rocky, and the (swivel your hips!) hooooly Riff Raff! (pelvic thrust)-->FUCK YOU! (audience)

Bump' N' Grind

RATING: Instant Use.

Line up all the virgins paired off, guy with guy and girl with girl. One virgin in back the other in front. The virgin in front bends over and grabs their ankles. The virgin in back grabs their hips. They then do a bump and grind routine while the audience and cast sings the Oscar Meyer weiner song.

The Great Virgin Licking Race

RATING: Instant Use.

You will need:

  • A number of virgins (more than 5!)
  • an equal number of Transylvanians/Cast

Brief your cast before the show! [important]

Select the virgins and lead them through the Virgin Pledge [optional]

Line them up across stage, shoulder to shoulder. Also line up your Transylvanians/Cast in another similar line. The arrangement of the lines will depend on your available space, it is preferable to have both lines in full view of the audience.

Explain the rules :

  • The leftmost person is the 'starter'
  • The 'starter' licks the face of the person to their right
  • Once your face is licked, you lick the face on your right
  • All licks are to be as sensual as possible
  • The audience may give encouragement via a slow clap :)
  • The first team to lick to the end of the line is the winning team

The race begins, Virgins Vs. Transylvanians/Cast. Optional embellishments are placing someone/thing in between the teams and have them lick towards the center.

Pollywaffle Panache

RATING: Some Preparation.

You'll need:

  • 2 Virgins [1 male & 1 female]
  • 2 cast
  • 2 pollywaffles (can you see where this is going?)

This is a battle of the sexes - who can suck the best? Select your virgins and gain some team spirit by asking first the males, then the females in the audience to give a cheer "Suck suck suck!" for their 'champion' [heh heh].

Now choose one team to go first. The cast member now holds an unwrapped Pollywaffle [or other tube-shaped chocolate bar!] level with their groin and sticking out :) With the virgin's team cheering them on, they are asked to suck ["Biting is Not Good"] the chocolate away.

You can decide the victor based on style, speed, audience approval etc.

== The Whole Theater Sacrifice ==

RATING: Instant Use.

To sacrifice a whole theater full of virgins ('s mind boggling) simply have the group make that stick-your-finger-in-your-mouth-and-pull-it-out, champagne-cork-popping noise. It's a marvelous simulation of all their tender little cherries popping...and truly a great effect if you can get them to all do it at the same time.


RATING: Some Preparation.

"Trixie" is from the play. She sings "SciFi Double Feature" and the reprise. She is costumed as a cigarette girl, and has a cigarette tray.

In my theatre (Cinema 35, Paramus, of course!) we have 2 girls "do lips" during Sci Fi/Dbl Ftr. They basically do a different strip-tease every weekend, and on special occasions, our Columbia does a Trixie bit. She throws candy and condoms, she doesen't strip; she walks around singing and seducing people in the audience.

Fluffy Bunny Feet

RATING: Some Preparation.

Get the virgin to say "Fluffy Bunny Feet". Insert Marshmallow into their mouth (they're not allowed to chew or swallow ) Repeat above procedure until they either: A. Spray marshmallow everywhere B. Can't say "Fluffy Bunny Feet" any more C. You run out of marshmallows

This is a fun game to play anytime!