January 15, 2000
Good evening and welcome to our
special "Alice in Wonderland" themed Rocky
Horror Picture Show, in celebration of
Midnight Insanity's 12th Birthday!!! To help
us mark this special event, I thought it was
appropriate to churn out a special birthday
issue of the "Transylvanian Tymes", the
cast's intermittent newspaper. We certainly
hope you enjoy the evening, and to those of
you who dressed up, we appreciate the
added effort!! For now, we'll recap the
*fabulous* year that was 1999...
What better place to start than our
11th birthday last year? Our 11th birthday
show was graced with the presence of
numerous out-of-town guests, from as
nearby as Topanga and Northern
Californians, and as far away as the East
Coast!! In addition, we were treated to an
encore performance of "Dueling Franks"
(originally performed in 1993 in Las Vegas),
and the "Masochism Tango", which was also
performed at the Tucson Convention!!
Earlier in the year, MI got to participate in a very special event. "The Rocky Horror Show" (the play) had a short run at the Tiffany Theatre in L.A. We went up to help out with publicity (dodging cars on Sunset Blvd.), support the show, and were even invited down to welcome their new Frank, Bob Simon. Although the show only ran a few months, it was a top notch
performance, and was a heck of a lot of fun
to see. :-)
In April, we all headed out to Denver,
Colorado for "Rocky Rocks the Rockies".
While the convention itself was fun, the
event was fraught with many problems
stemming from the hotel's bitchy, annoying,
staff. Despite such nonsense, MI performed
"Transylvanian Paradise" (by request), took
home several awards, and brought back a
rather catchy chant (see title :-)).
Midnight Insanity launched a brand-
spankin' new website, precisely at Midnight
on April 1st, complete with a ton of pictures,
an "Audience Member of the Month" page,
and a new "MI Graffiti" wall for folks to hang
out and spew much nonsense (as one of the
spewers, I feel validated to say that!!) Our
website has now seen nearly 15,000 hits
and features Cast Bios, Audience
Participation Scripts, a plethora of links to
other bizarre pages, and lots more. The tag
line (above) is for those who remember our
initial opening page. :-)
In addition to our ever-popular Lingerie Nights, we've also held numerous Theme Nights to give you guys (and us!) a chance to do Rocky in a slightly different fashion ... to put it mildly. :-) This year we hosted over a dozen theme nights, including Rocky Soup, 60s Night, Gothic Pastel
Night, Rookie Horror, Redneck Night, Geeky
Horror, Toga Night, Dead Celebrities Night,
Pimp and Hooker Night, Monster Horror,
Halloween, Tacky Horror, a Schoolgirl
Lingerie Night (for my birthday no less
... thanks preshow guys!), and ...
"Ever dance with the devil by the pale
moonlight?" Midnight Insanity had nearly
400 people who says they did!! It was
inevitable, I suppose. When you perform for
10+ years, you're bound to hit Show #666,
and we decided that ours was going to be a
night in HELL!! People came out in droves
for this monumentous occasion ... we'd
never seen so many horny people (oohhh,
bad!!) in our lives!! We've got to say that
YOU, the audience, really made that a night
to remember. It's really too bad we couldn't
do it more often... :-)
The Man, the Myth, the Musical
Genius ... all rolled into one. His name is
Richard O'Brien, creator of RHPS (and Riff
Raff, of course!), and we got to PERFORM
with him!! In August, we were selected to
join Richard O'Brien on stage at Rhino
Retrofest!! Richard performed several
songs off his new album, "Absolute O'Brien"
(it's smashing, go get a copy!!), and then
sang "The Time Warp", along with Becky (as
Magenta), Reign (as Columbia), and the rest
of MI's performers dancing in the
background. For those interested in
Richard's latest work, look for the new "Time
Warp 2000" CD Single, on the merchandise
table in the lobby...
In October, MI took off for Tucson, AZ to attend "El Fishnet Fiesta", a Rocky convention held by our good friends "A Jump to the Left". This was a *very* top-notch convention. The cast and crew couldn't have
been friendlier, or more helpful. The parties
ran all night and into daylight hours, and
this time the hotel staff was so friendly,
that several of them got laid at the con!!
MI performed "The Evil Dead Picture Show"
(aka the "Dentonomicon"), a melding of
Rocky Horror, and "Evil Dead". In addition,
MI cast members picked up about half-a-
dozen more trophies in the costume
contest. :-) We'd like to take a moment to
thank AJTTL for putting on such a fabulous
con ... it was truly an excellent weekend!!
Although we do Rocky for fun, it's
always nice to get recognized. This year,
Midnight Insanity appeared on KTLA
morning news, KABC and KTTV morning
weather (Time Warping, no less!!), a Rocky
Horror Fanzine called "Crazed Imaginations"
(one issue featuring cast, one issue
featuring Bill/Brad), and on VH-1's "Behind
the Music", part of a whole Rocky
Horror/Halloween weekend special.
Midnight Insanity would like to thank the Art Theatre Management and crew, for allowing us to perform here *every fucking week*; Hof's Hut (and Jill!), for giving us our room with a view; Richard O'Brien, for being so DAMN cool!!; Sal Piro (President of the RHPS fan club) for joining us in May; VH-1 for coming down to film us; The Tiffany RHS Cast and crew; Rhino Records for throwing the Retrofest; Everyone who dressed up for our various theme nights; All the folks who hang out on the Graffiti Wall ... you're very amusing :-); Everyone who showed up to our Millennium New Year's Party ... and all those who helped us drink the leftover beer; a certain blonde who baked me cookies :-); and, of course, all of you, our loving and faithful audience, who've really helped to make 1999 a year to remember!! Now, go have some cake!!!