|"Is this the end of Zombie Shakespeare?" - A classic scene from The Simpsons|
So here's what happened.
A couple of nights ago, I started seeing that there were a lot of TV commercials for the upcoming DVD/BluRay release of Disney's Peter Pan. I thought this was as good a time as any to write an article about that film and about the Peter Pan myth in general -- something I may still do in the future. Anyway, I was pretty sure I'd already written a mini-review of that movie on a message board somewhere, and I went to Google to find it. I never did, but I accidentally found something even more interesting in the process.
Apparently, in 2011, a script I'd written back in the 1990s called The Rocky & Bullwinkle Horror Picture Show was actually performed on a real stage by real human beings as part of something called the KC Fringe Festival in Kansas City . As you might guess from the title, the script is a crossover parody in which that lovable cartoon moose and squirrel, along with other characters from their series (including Boris Badenov and Dudley Do-Right), act out The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The script was something of a viral hit back in the era before Google, Facebook, or YouTube even existed. And I guess, it's had a life of its own since then.
Here is the article which alerted me to the existence of this show.
And here are some photographs of the actual production, along with my guesses as to what's happening in them based on my own memory of the script.
|Boris Badenov doing his version of "Sweet Transvestite."|
|The whole cast doing the opening number "Animated Cartoon Features."|
|Various cast members as Nell Fenwick, Boris Badenov, and Natasha Fatale.|
|Possibly the narrator conversing with Snidely Whiplash.|
|The whole cast performing a scene called "The Floor Wax Show."|
This is all really trippy -- seeing people actually do stuff based on a script I wrote as a joke years ago. It's one thing to sit down at a computer and write that the show begins with a kazoo fanfare. It's quite another to learn that people really did play a kazoo fanfare at the beginning of the play.
What can I say? I'm baffled yet flattered. It's a funny old world sometimes.
And did someone ask for a clip? No? Well, here's one anyway.