For publicity for our theater, some of our more "computer-friendly" cast members have advertised over the local BBS**, and our attendance for the months of Feb-Mar was in the 70-90 range. I have taken as many pictures as I can find (15th Anniversary CD set book, 20th Anniversary book, flyers from past casts at this theater) and made around 200 flyers out of 12 designs.
For collections, we have 2-4 scantily dressed females walk around w/hats collecting donations during "Lips" (Science Fiction/Double Feature). Our first night we netted almost $50! I've seen 3 other casts besides ours, and we're the only ones that do this. It works pretty well, especially on nights where we have a full house.
Preshow rituals are pretty cool here. We've got this trick where our floor show host will announce that it's time for "America's favorite game show -- Fake An Orgasm!" (one of many devirginizations.) Out of three contestants, the best gets a card which when brought back with an accompanying virgin, lets the cardholder devirginize the virgin he/she has brought along. (This takes the heat off us for devirginizing, exposes new ideas and enhances audience participation.) The worst of the orgasm fakers gets auctioned off for worthless items, and believe me, anything goes when it comes to worthless items. Favorite topics are Roseanne, the Clintons (including Chelsea), Rush Limbaugh and Madonna. (My personal favorite, and a winner also, is a pubic toupee.)
We have a sour relationship with our theater unfortunately, and one of the topics that we're in disagreement with is when cast gets into the theater (audience is usually around 10-15 minutes prior to showtime.) We usually need around 10-15 in to set up our props, which the theater won't let us store there. So, we try to get it up where cast gets in at 11:30, audience at 11:45, but it doesn't always work that way. [We also have a problem with] regular audience members claiming to be cast members so they can get inside earlier. So, to borrow and idea from Towson Commons, I'm going [to present] our theater [with] a checklist w/spaces for all the cast parts and 4-6 crew people. I don't know how that's going to bowl over here, but it works in Towson, Md. (which by the way, has the most awesome and complete production I've ever seen or heard of.)
Make-Up Tips: For the base, I recommend the "Zauder's" White Cream makeup. Since it's kind of thick, you have to thin it with water, then spread it evenly over your face. To give it a nice matte look and to make your face even whiter, give it a dusting with cornstarch on a powder puff. When applying eye shadow, use Q-tips to give it straight edges and to make spikes. I find that spikes show up extremely well in pictures and onstage. For those lucky Franks out there, if you can't find a string of faux pearls that are big enough in diameter, try the craft section at Wal-Mart, Jo-Ann's Fabrics or Ben Franklin. I always have fun telling the cashier exactly what I am going to do with them.
Fund Raising Ideas: Fund raising has always been one of those important subjects. A fan club or theater group can't do anything without some cold, hard cash. I suggest that the group have a Rocky bake sale with some of my Ta-Ta-Ta-Ta-Tasty cookies and anything else you can coax the guys into bringing. It also helps to sell your goods while in full Rocky regalia, because it attracts attention and attention means sales! (Though you have to beware of those small Southern towns that chase our kind with a pitchfork.) You might also want to sponsor a well advertised costume party at somebody's pad and charge for admission. Advertising doesn't have to cost a lot, just make a flyer and get it photocopied to hang in stores, bars (yeah!) or put under a few windshield wipers. A small ad in the paper might suffice too.
Pre-Show Rituals: Everybody has a pre or post-show ritual. The donning of a lucky set of pearls, the spinning, spitting and counting dance, the "We're not worthy" at the shrine. I thought my pre-show ritual was just bizarre enough to be interesting (of course it has to be pretty bizarre to amaze a Rocky crowd!) After dolling myself up in my Magenta costume, applying my spiked make-up and sufficiently doing my hair to scare small children, I spin three times in front of my Meat Loaf shrine while humming "Sweet Transvestite." I then drop to one knee and say (with my arms extended) "Sal, Richard, Tim and Meat, let our performance tonight be neat. Let us be swift of foot, and show lots of class. And please don't let me look like an ass."
3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 cup shortening 2 eggs beaten (you can take them outside if you want to) 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine the flour, baking powder, soda and nutmeg. Then cut in shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla extract; stir well and mix into crumb mixture with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape dough into a ball and chill for at least one hour. Divide dough in half, store one portion in fridge while working with the other. Roll dough into 1/4 inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut with a set of lips cookie cutter and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with red sugar (or decorate with red royal icing after completely cooled.) Bake at 350 degrees for eight minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Serve these treats to your Rocky group or eat them yourself. (I prefer the latter, they always get rave reviews from my cast members.) Yield: 6 Dozen.