Ryan Mooney: The heart of FCP is the desire to give artists a stepping stone opportunity to perform in shows that they enjoy. When we first started there were fewer groups doing musical theatre than there are now – and the big groups would not touch rock shows generally. We try to give graduates of the performing arts colleges and universities in Vancouver the opportunity to rock out in shows that they might not normally have the chance to perform in.
RM: Well, it’s the Rocky Horror Show [Ed note: I stand corrected!] The picture is only in the movie (though most people call it Rocky Horror Picture Show too) – people have been asking me since we began the company in 2007 when we were going to do this show, and now seemed the right time. We’ve grown to a certain point where I felt we could take on this iconic piece of theatre.
[When we were casting] we were looking for sexy, talented performers. I think we lucked out with the group we have. The Phantoms (chorus) were cast and then we worked hard to bring out their own unique talents – be it lifts, flexibility, improvisation, etc.
RM: Having a female Eddie/Dr. Scott definitely came out of that. I like the idea of hearing a woman wail on Eddie’s songs. I also took the idea of sexing it up. The movie is amazing, but it’s kind of 70’s sexy – we wanted a timeless era, and we were really keen on making the castle a place of modern sex.
Next up is the Neil Labute play Reasons to be Pretty which starts in January. The play starts in the middle of a fight between a girl and her boyfriend, who has just said she has a “plain” face. It’s funny, heavy shit. Then we close our season with the Tony Award
winning Spring Awakening – fantastic rock musical full of sexy performers.