|Volume VI, Issue 1||
January 25, 1997
Can it really be *nine* years already??? Blazing a trail into the New Year, Midnight Insanity held it's 9th Birthday Show on January 18th, 1997, and we couldn't be more pleased. With almost 200 people in the house, that makes it our biggest show of the year (yeah, yeah, we realize it's January, but it was still huge), and some things are always better in larger groups. :-) We are touched, really very touched that so many of you would come down to see us *just* because it was our birthday and *just* because we had a Special Performance waiting for you, the "Rock and Roll Time Warp". Oh, and not to mention the legions of Midnight Insanity Alumni who joined us on stage, including Ed Santana (our *first* Frank on the Balboa Stage, way back in 1988), Dan Dye (our first Balboa Rocky!), Elmo (Riff-Raff), Leon (Pre-Show), Dave (our first Rocky, here at the Art), Cecilia (Props, Trixie), Erin (Balboa Lobby Rat), and, of course, long time favorite, Lance, who is still one of the best known Frank-N-Furters in Midnight Insanity history. We *do* hope you enjoyed the 9th Birthday Show as much as we did and if you somehow missed it, well, we'll be having our 10th Birthday Show, in approximately 51 shows . . . or, January 17th, 1998, for those of you with day-runners.
Whaddya mean you don't remember
nine years of Midnight Insanity? Well, part
of it probably has to do with our bi-theatre
history. Midnight Insanity started at the
Balboa Theatre, in Newport Beach, back on
January 16th, 1988. It is often referred to
as "The night we had all the parts covered
by different people". That "tiny little baby
cast" (as the Berkeley people, "Indecent
Exposure" used to call us), has grown to
become one of the best known casts across
the nation and around the world (and you
guys thought we were kidding about that
"World Famous" stuff, huh?) In late-1991,
Newport Beach finally managed to boot us
out of Balboa, and left your favorite cast,
homeless . . . a terrible, terrible thing.
Luckily, we quickly found the Art Theatre
here in Long Beach, and just two weeks ago,
celebrated our 5th year performing at this
theatre. Many thanks go to Mr. and Mrs.
Linn (Theatre Owners), Roger (Theatre
Manager), and the rest of the Art Theatre
staff, for putting up with all our crap *every
Ya know, you gotta be really careful out there sometimes. There's weirdos just *everywhere*, wearing strange makeup,
dressing in unusual costumes, and
performing almost ritualistic dances known
as "The Time Warp". Who are these people,
and where do they come from? Well,
hopefully you know who these people are by
now (look around!), and as for where they
come from, that will be *all over the world*
(or at least all across the nation), come
June 20th and 21st 1997. Yes, that's
right, the 22nd Annual Rocky Horror
Convention is coming to *your* back yard
(figuratively speaking . . . unless we run out
of hotel space) in just a few short months.
Midnight Insanity is hosting this
convention, and will be bringing the world to
your doorstep. Details are in the lobby, on
the Internet, and will soon be in the mail
(get on the mailing list). You do *not* want
to miss this!!!
Iowa??? What's out in Iowa? Well,
apparently *something's* brewing . . . a few
weeks ago, Jamie Greene, a 15-year old
Rocky fanatic made the trek out to
California, *just* to see the World Famous,
Midnight Insanity. Can you imagine that?
Folks out in Iowa know about us!!! Jamie
presently performs "Brad Majors" in "The
Time Warped Cast" and has taken many
ideas back home with him, from props and
costumes, all the way down to this
newsletter! We wish Jamie and "The Time
Warped Cast" lots of luck, and expect to see
them all here for the Convention in June.
For those of you who've been around for a while, you know Midnight Insanity has left in it's path a considerable quantity of
death and destruction, including things like
Poorman's show, or the Stephanie Miller
Show. However, up until December 31st,
we'd never blown up a *building* before. Well,
New Years' Eve was largely spent at
Kristine's house in Dana Point, where, at
the stroke of midnight, we watched as the
Ramada Hotel in Las Vegas exploded and
collapsed into a huge pile of rubble. Did we
mention that this was the site of the 16th
Anniversary Convention, back in 1991? Did
we mention that Midnight Insanity
performed there, putting on one of the best
performances of the convention, as well as
scooping up a costume contest prize or
two? Yeah well, since we stayed there, it
was only a matter of time before it came
tumbling down, just like everything else we
touch. Oh well, the curse continues . . .
Denny's is dead. Don't go there.
Apparently, they got tired of cleaning up
sugar-packet messes and folks showing up,
but not ordering anything. We appreciate
those who helped keep it going, while it
lasted. Sorry, folks . . .
Midnight insanity would like to thank the Art Theatre Management and crew, for allowing us to perform here *every fucking week*; the Management and crew of the Woodland Hills theatre, same reason; the cookie lady, for bringing us goodies every week; and as always, our audience (regulars know who you are!), who come to see us *every fucking week*, dance, sing, yell, and show up dressed for Lingerie Night!!!