In Part One of a series of interviews with the cast of Washington Savoyaards’ The Rocky Horror Show - we meet Autumn Seavey, who is playing Magenta.
My name is Autumn Seavey, and since moving to the DC area in 2008, my favorite theatrical experience has been playing the title role in Violet with Kensington Arts Theatre. I have also thoroughly enjoyed working with the fine people at The Keegan Theatre and the Olney Theatre Center immensely. I’m delighted to join the Washington Savoyards for the first time.
Why did you want to be part of this production?
I have done productions of The Rocky Horror Show before, and there’s just nothing like it It’s one of the most incredible live theatre experiences for the audience as well as the actors. It’s new and fresh every night, and that’s what makes it so special. And it’s fun to hear new audience call out lines.
Tell us about your role.
This is my third time playing the role of Magenta, and it’s different every time This production in particular is shaping up to be very different from any that I’ve either seen or been involved in, and that’s exciting. I think even the die-hards will appreciate it.
How do you relate to this character?
Magenta and I both enjoy belting and walking around in fishnets.
How did you prepare to play Magenta?
Lots of lunges, squats and crunches.
Talk about working with Director Jay Brock and how he has helped you with your performance.
I have been wanting to work with Jay for the past few years, and I’m excited to finally have the opportunity on this show! I think he brings new ideas and a fresh perspective to a cult classic, and I’m excited to see the finished product. With the level of talent in this cast, I’m sure it will be nothing short of amazing.
Have they worked with anyone in the cast before and where and why do you enjoy working with them?
I have worked with four people in the cast before, and I couldn’t be more happy to work with them again! And the people I’m working with for the first time are all super dedicated, hardworking and delightful.
Why is The Rocky Horror Show so popular today?
The Rocky Horror Picture Show came out in 1975 and has been a cult classic ever since. All around the country, there are regular midnight showings where die-hards come decked out in their best fishnets and corsets and lose their voices screaming audience call out lines as people “shadow cast” the movie, acting out the scenes in front of the screen. It’s become such a year-round tradition, not just something fun to do around Halloween. The live show took it to the next level. And now it’s just as fun for the actors as it is for the audience.
What are you doing next on the stage after this production closes?
No shows lined up yet. But my husband and I are taking the winter season off to travel and visit family and spend time with our one-year-old son.
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