History of Rocky Horror in the Twin Cities
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been in the Twin Cities since the late 1970's. RHPS has been shown with and without casts at:
- The Uptown Theater in Minneapolis
- The Heights Theater in Columbia Heights
- The Riverview Theater in Minneapolis
- The Mounds Theater in St. Paul
- Various events and occasions (including showings at SCSU, the U of M, Block E, PRIDE parades, The Gay 90's, and others).
Before Transvestite Soup there was a number of other casts that performed at the Uptown and Heights theaters. Naming shadow casts was not a common practice in the early stages of Rocky. We are looking for more information from this time in our history!
This history here is foggy, please help us if you know what happened here. From an unknown start date until 1995 or early 1996 the movie was shown at the Uptown Theatre. The shadow cast was named "The Midnight Hour." When the screen came down the Uptown toyed around with the idea of cancelling the show entirely due to the high cost of replacing it. Corey Mattoz, Shelly Rounsville and Maria Gomez tried to put together another Shadow cast shortly after the expulsion of the Midnight Hour. They added Anthony Butterfield, Adam Hines and a few other people into the cast but it was too late, the Uptown closed the show. Anthony Butterfield was close family friends with Loren Williams, the Owner of the Riverview and the Heights Theatres and set up a small meeting between Loren, Corey and Shelly. Loren was o.k. with having the show, but after spending a small fortune on renovating and updating the Riverview, it was decided that he would show it in his newly purchased theatre The Heights.
July 20, 1996 - July 19, 1998
Midnight Madness (not the same as the cast currently in Chicago by the same name) began performing at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights. Sometime in 1997 the cast changed it's name to Transvestite Soup.
July 19, 1998 - ????
When Rocky moved from the Heights to the Riverview the cast, crew, and fans caravaned the print to the Riverview. Why you ask? Because WE HAD MONO! Our print was a very limited copy of the movie with mono sound and he Superheroes ending. At one point it was rumored that only six of these prints existed. If the print went back to the movie house, we would have lost it.
???? - The First Homeless Period
In 2004 the Riverview stopped showing Rocky for approximately six months. During this time the cast looked at many alternatives to bring the show back to the Twin Cities.
???? - April 5, 2008 - We're Back!
Thanks to Loren's (Riverview Theatre owner) dedication to Rocky, the Riverview brought Transvestite Soup back to show on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays of every month. Our final performance at the Riverview was on April 5, 2008. This performance was almost a sellout with over 600 people in attendance. Loren presented Rockymom with a gift of one of the theater's front row seats.
April 5, 2008 - June 7, 2008 - The Second Homeless Period
Transvestite Soup was homeless for a period until the Mounds Theater in St. Paul picked us up and we performed there from June 2008 through Halloween 2008.
October 31, 2008 - October 30, 2009 - The Third Homeless Period
The End of an Era:
On November 27, 2010 our beloved cast Mom, Rockymom, attended her last show with us. She has traveled out of the country to be with her love. We had over 300 people in attendance, including former cast and crew. Mom has been with us since the first show at the Heights theater. We wish Mom luck, and hope to see her visit us someday.
October 30, 2009 - Now
The Uptown Theatre continues to host Transvestite Soup on the last Saturday of every month. See our Calendar on the homepage for a list of shows.
In January, 2012 the Uptown began significant renovations. During the renovation period Transvestite Soup moved down the street to the Uptown's sister the Lagoon Theater.
Back to the Uptown
Halloween 2012 (October 27 and 28) saw our first shows in the newly renovated Uptown Theatre. We continue to perform at the Uptown the last Saturday night of every month.