Jeremy Stuthard plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter during a showing of "The Rocky Horror Show" at C4 Nightclub and Lounge on Oct. 21, 2016. 

No shadow cast will perform alongside “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” during University Program’s annual showing tonight in the Verizon Ballroom.

Students have performed during the annual showing on Halloween for the past several years, like Landan Stocker, a senior, who played Riff Raff last year, and Jeremy Stuthard, a graduate student, who played Dr. Frank-N-Furter two years ago.

Though UP officials will still show the movie at 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, PRIDE members will not be performing at the event.

After preparing for his role five nights a week for about a month, Stocker took the stage last Halloween with a hunchback and a grin, portraying Riff Raff alongside 15-20 other students who made up the rest of the shadow cast.

Among the 268 students who attended “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” last year was Malorie Neal, a senior, who has attended each showing since her first year on campus. Neal plans to attend this year, but she is disappointed by the lack of a shadow cast, she said.

“I think it will definitely take away some of the charm that the event has had in the past,” Neal said. “It’s just really cool to see people acting it out. I always watch the movie more than the cast on stage, but I know that other people really enjoyed the cast.”

PRIDE President Caroline Phillips, a junior, did not coordinate the shadow cast and instead put other officers in charge of the event like Event Coordinator Ian Sutphin, a junior.

Despite several attempts to coordinate the event, Sutphin could not “due to busy schedules,” he said in a text message.

Zachery Sutherland is a staff reporter for the Arkansas Traveler, where he has been a staff reporter since February 2019.

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