The Rocky Horror Show
The Usherette, backed by the Phantoms, enter the theatre. They welcome the audience to their derelict cinema and let them know the type of “film” that the audience is in for by paying homage to classic science fiction and B horror movies of the 1940s-70s (“Science Fiction Double Feature”).
Janet Weiss and Brad Majors, two high school sweethearts have just left a wedding of two of their friends. The ceremony has inspired Brad himself to propose, which Janet happily accepts. Brad and Janet met in a science class taught by Dr. Everett Scott. They decide to visit and share their happy news with Dr. Scott, who has since become their friend (“Damn It, Janet!”).
The spotlight shifts to our Narrator for the evening. He explains that Brad and Janet are “two young ordinary healthy kids.” Perhaps because of this, the happy couple were oblivious to any signs of impending danger —the dark storm clouds on the horizon, the beat up spare tire. “They being normal kids and on a night out — well — they were not going to let a storm spoil the events of their evening.” He continues ominously over the first roll of thunder: “It was a night out they were to remember for a very — long — time.”
It is indeed a dark and rainy night. Brad and Janet have gotten lost en route to visit Dr. Scott. Just as Brad comes to this conclusion, a tire blows out. Brad and Janet are stuck. Brad recalls that they passed a castle just a few miles back, and they decide to call upon its inhabitants in hopes that there will be a telephone that they may call for help with. Inside the castle, Riff Raff, the castle’s strange butler, watches the couple approach (“Over at the Frankenstein Place”).
Almost as soon as they reach the castle’s door, a frightened Janet already wants to leave. Brad brushes her fears aside and, reminding her that they need to find a telephone, rings the doorbell.
No one answers.
He rings again. Finally, with an eerie creak, Riff Raff opens the door. Brad explains that their car