Doing the Timewarp: Meet the Cast of Washington Savoyards’ ‘The Rocky Horror Show’: Part Three: Aaren Keith

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Here’s Part Three of meeting the cast of The Washington Savoyard’s The Rocky Horror Shows. Today: meet Aaren Keith.

Aaren Keith.

I am Aaren Keith. I recently graduated and made the move to DC to be a part of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Studio Theatre.

Why did you want to be part of this production?

I wanted to be a part of this production because there is so much excitement & intrigue surrounding this price of theatre. All different types of people are drawn to it, and to be able to bring a part of me to this cult phenomenon is thrilling.

Who do you play in the show and why did you want to play this role?

I play a phantom and I couldn’t be having more fun doing it. I wanted to play this role because it’s so malleable and I’ve really been able make my phantom my own.

How do you relate to this character?

I can relate to my character’s sense of wonderment of it all. The high energy and excitement that fills the stage is something I try to bring to my everyday life and I think my character shares that.

How did you prepare to play your character?

Honestly, I just have to give in and let go. This show is too much fun to be uptight about anything.

How has Director Jay Brock helped you shape your performance?

Working with Jay has been fun. He is direct, but also has encouraged us to make our character’s our own and to make bold choices. It’s very clear that he loves this show and wants to make it the best it can be.

Have you worked with anyone in the cast before?

Seeing as I just moved to DC I haven’t worked on much, but I did work with Ryan Patrick Welsh in Bloody Bloody. It’s been fun to see Ryan Patrick come into his own playing Frank and being part of an ensemble before.

What are some of the challenges you experienced in rehearsals?

Christen has choreographed some amazing things, but at times the footwork can be difficult. Mastering the choreography and focusing on character development has been a fun challenge.

Why is Rocky Horror so popular today?

Everyone can enjoy it. I think it brings generations together because people who first fell in love with the cult classic can share it with new generations of Rocky fans.

What are you doing next on the stage after this production closes? 

I’m continuing to audition and hope to know soon!

LINKS

Erica Laxson’s review of The Rocky Horror Show on DCMTA.

Doing the Time Warp: Meet the Cast of Washington Savoyards’ The Rocky Horror Show: Part One: Autumn Seavy.

Doing the Time Warp: Meet the Cast of Washington Savoyards’ The Rocky Horror Show: Part Two: John Loughney.

The Washington Savoyards names ‘Guest Narrators’ for The Rocky Horror Show.

Doing the Time Warp: Part One – Director Jay Brock on His Vision for The Washington Savoyards’ The Rocky Horror Show.

Doing the Time Warp: Part Two – Director Jay Brock on Selecting the Leads from The Washington Savoyard’s The Rocky Horror Show.

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