Made in 1976, the movie served as the introduction of then relatively unknown actors Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry and Barry Bostwick. The film tells the story of Janet and Brad, two clean-cut kids played by Sarandon and Bostwick who have car trouble on their way to visit an old college professor. Seeking help at a nearby scary mansion, they meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite played by Curry who is in the process of creating the perfect man. Song and dance erupt time and again, as the purpose of the “scientific work” is disclosed. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is the longest-running theatrical release in film history.
Budzyna returns each year to emcee the evening. He introduces the film to newcomers and reminds the audience — many of who are costume clad — what they should be ready for: throwing things — newspapers, toilet paper and toast, to name a few — and shouting lines out, such as “in the naval” when a tight camera shot focuses on a statue’s bellybutton.
The fun begins at 11 p.m. at the Firehouse. Tickets are $16 and includes a bag of props. To purchase, call 978-462-7336 or go online to www.firehouse.org. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.
Brown holds book launch party tomorrow
Writer Joel Brown will celebrate the launch of his new book, “Essex Coastal Byway Guide” tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters in Newburyport.
Brown, who lives in Newburyport, will sign copies of the book which serves as a guide to the North Shore’s new scenic route. Designated by the state, the scenic byway links 13 towns across the North Shore. Brown’s guide offers tips and information on the communities throughout the route.
Local artist Dylan Metrano illustrated the book cover.
‘Phantom of the Opera’ screened at First Parish Church