I wasn’t sure I’d have the chance to attend the RHPS even as late as 10 pm of the night. Mum was NOT well, but she didn’t have a fever and she seemed she’d be ok for a few hours, so I mentioned my plan. She told me she wasn’t my keeper, but was concerned about the roads, her car, my ability to drive with the possible chance of wandering animals, and who I was going to see/go with. I finally just left after assuring her I’d make sure her car was ok and that I’d be attending this alone.
I’d gotten on my costume and only needed to do the hair and face after I’d left the house and gotten a few more fixings. (is make up a face condiment????) While I drove into town, I was thinking about mum. Since I’ve been coming home each summer (barring the first one, when I think she was in before I got home), this one is the VERY first one she’s not needed hospitalized. Because I’m taking care of her.
Anyway, I stopped off at my friend’s to get my ticket, left some cash for said ticket, and my change of clothing for when I returned to shower. From there, I went to the store. Mum goes thru those containers of cheese balls rather quickly (she says she is craving them) and since I was in town, I might as well get those and a couple other things. (I forgot polish remover, I can’t seem to find any around here. I’m sure she has some. She has practically everything!)
Once at the theatre, I found the parking lot packed full. I managed to find a spot and was so thankful to have a ticket already! I didn’t get marked, I didn’t mind! It was really fairly busy inside. I found a place to sit on the edge of the theatre and realized I wanted a goody bag. I left to get one and fix one of my lashes (those really are a huge pain in the eye!). When I got back, my seat was taken. Which was absolutely fortuitous!
I sat down next to two nice younger people further down in the row I’d claimed and remarked, ‘I’ve waited over 30 years to see this and my feet still don’t touch the floor.’ They looked down at my dangling shoes and said almost in tandem, ‘That’s adorable!’ They were a bit sedate, but they were the only ones! Because I wasn’t marked, I didn’t go down with the other ‘Virgins’. I did recite the pledge, though! I also didn’t go down when they showed off costumes. If I had I may have been one of the oldest ones showing off, but I’m not entirely sure! There were ages of all kinds in the audience. Some were dressed up, some were not.
The lady on my other side was great fun. We made all kinds of comments during the show. I was super glad she and her friends had taken my seat and the others in the row. The half of the theatre I was on was hopping. Literally. We got into the dance moves, sang, shouted, screamed (my voice is still a tad sore!), cheered, clapped, and had a blast. The very back row, behind where I was, had a group who were what my seat mate and I coined as the ‘planted audience’. I found out after the movie, they were reading script lines from their iphones. It was hilarious! I felt sorry for the other side, there were lots movers and shakers over there, but the half I was on was truly into it!
During the storm scene/song you are supposed to place a newspaper over your head like Janet. The song has lyrics about seeing a light and a few dingdongs held up lit lighters (I held up a glow bracelet)! The gal next to me and I were watching the flames with some trepidation. The lighters were next to people with newspapers! We speculated about the sprinklers going off and I scooted over to share my newspaper hat with her. (she didn’t have a bag of treats). Thankfully, the lighters were not in use long and we slid into The Time Warp.
Much later, when Eddie rolled in on his bike, our area went nuts. (It appears I was not the only Meatloaf fan.) Which was an added in line during the birthday celebration. When Magenta announces dinner, someone behind us yelled out, ‘Hope you like meatloaf!’
At the end, during the swimming pool scene, my seatmate mentioned something about it being an orgy. I replied, ‘It is a really wet one, too.’ She choked on a laugh. (I was proud of myself!) After it was over, I scooted out quickly. I did tell a couple of the roller derby gals thank you. I so wanted to hug Dr. Frank, but she was on roller skates and literally towered over me and I was in a hurry! There were a few guys in the cast (you really could not have had Rocky played by a girl!) and they were very good.
I completely enjoyed myself, lost my RHPS virginity, left some more morals on the floor with the tossed popcorn, and discovered how much fun it is to dress somewhat sexily and play uninhibited for a while. I do admit, I would have not taken my infant or my under 12 year old to this, but I’m a bit old fashioned for all my naughtiness! (There were younglings of those ages in attendance. Call me a prig, it was just odd.)