Oct. 25--The wedding that will precede this year's Halloween season screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Sherman Theater sounds like something dreamed up by a marketing team.
But in fact, it was the confluence of members of Stroudsburg's thriving underground art scene and the community involved with the theater's Living Room art space that will make this weekend's event a reality.
Keyaira Lynn Daniel will be getting hitched to fellow artist Andrew Ozkenel in a "Rocky Horror"-themed wedding just ahead of the movie screening Saturday.
The couple met at Tom Savini's Special MakeUp Effects Program in Monessen in 2002. They do special effects makeup and get particularly busy around Halloween, doing movies, getting creatures ready for haunted houses and other horror events nearby.
It's a love shared over images that might frighten your average person. Both enjoy the world of horror and movie makeup and are artists in their spare time. Daniel mostly paints, while Ozkenel enjoys drawing with pen and ink. The two contribute to monthly art shows at the Living Room. They've been together for 11 years and live in Saw Creek with their son, Cash.
"Stroudsburg has the most phenomenal artists," Daniel said. "It's strange that for the talents this town has, the art scene stays pretty small."
Both 30 years old, the couple's involvement with Stroudsburg's burgeoning scene for artists led them to decide on sharing their nuptials with the public.
"It just kind of made sense," Daniel said. "Since we volunteer with the (Living Room) gallery, we had a meeting with (Sherman Theater Director Richard Berkowitz and Living Room Art Director Shane Izykowski), and we decided to bring up getting married in the Living Room. It's where we grew as artists."
And the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a movie that she said helped her grow as a person.
"'Rocky Horror' kind of changed who I am as a person. It's such a weird movie, and seeing how it was OK to be a little on the strange side, people understood that, and it kind of helped me see who I've become."
If Dr. Frank N. Furter, the transgender alien, Janey Weiss and a dance called the "Time Warp" are part of your lexicon, then you're a fan of this movie. For the uninitiated, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a British movie from the 1970s that starred Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry.
It's a comedy musical that's a send-up of old horror movies. The Library of Congress selected the film for long-term preservation in the National Film Registry in 2005. Ardent fans usually dress up as characters for the film, performing scenes in theaters.
Daniel was 13 and growing up in Ohio when she first saw the film. She said it encompasses everything about this time of year.
"You can just feel comfortable being yourself, you don't have to hide who you are. I guess that's the point of Halloween."
Ticket information for the Sherman Theater's "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and pre-party are available at shermantheater.com. Prices are $12 for the 10 p.m. pre-party and wedding, or $5 just to see the movie at midnight.
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