James D. Fawcett: Over the Big Pond

There’s no doubt James Fawcett traveled the farthest distance to actually be in this show. Hailing from England, James is making a brief tenure here for educational purposes and we were lucky enough to snag him for The Rocky Horror Show. We are thrilled to have him on stage, audiences are loving him (Frank does, too), and he’s bringing his Union Jack to life every single night as Rocky in our production. Take a minute or two and discover why James is more than just a hot bod!

WHT: So tell us about your education?
James: I have an American Theatre Arts degree from the Rose Buford Drama College in Great Britain.

WHT: Where are you from originally?
James: Beaconsfield.

WHT: What’s your favorite production you’ve ever worked?
James: Amateur production of West Side Story with Stage One Youth Theatre Company in 2012.

WHT: Favorite experience in a theatre as an actor or audience member?
James: The Book of Mormon in the West End.

WHT: What’s your favorite part of being an actor?
James: I just love entertaining people.

WHT: Is there someone’s work that you greatly enjoy or admire?
James: I greatly admire the work of Tom Waits.

WHT: I like that answer. Is there a person you haven’t worked with yet in any capacity that’s still on your wish list?
James: David Mamet.

WHT: Person that has influenced your acting or actor’s process the most?
James: I’ve been influenced the most by Leonardo DiCaprio.

WHT: Routine that you go through before a performance?
James: Bathroom. Water. Breath. Smile. And go!

WHT: Being new to the area, what is your favorite part about being in the arts in Greenville?
James: Just the accessibility.

WHT: How does performing such an in-your-face show in an intimate setting like The Warehouse affect your work?
James: In my opinion, the in-your-face mentality of the show in an intimate space like The Warehouse doesn’t affect the work at all. We are performing the piece in our own way stemming from how it was written and no matter how compact or vast the space is, the energy and message of the story will be transfered appropriately.

WHT: How are you preparing yourself for the audience interaction that is guaranteed to come with this show?
James: In preparation for the audience participation, I am just planning on having as much fun as they do and our energy will bounce off of each other.

WHT: How many times have you caught yourself singing Time Warp in the shower since mid-August?
James: A handful…ask my roommate.

WHT: How did your research for the show affect your performance?
James: At the beginning, the research shaped all of my performance as I had no other sources to base off of but as time has progressed I have been able to develop my own individual representation of the role with the help of my cast members and directing team.

WHT: How many times have you actually seen the movie version?
James: I have seen the movie version twice.

WHT: How much did the iconic movie portrayals of the characters mean to / affect your choices on stage?
James: Seeing Rocky for the first time in the movie did shape my original blank, baby-faced mentality for the role and it proved a good foundation for the start of the process.

WHT: Favorite thing about working on a script for the first time?
James: My favorite part about working on a script for the first time is getting the work up on its feet and applying action to the dialogue.

WHT: Moment in the show that has changed the most for you from the beginning of rehearsal until now?
James: Once in a While has definitely progressed the most from the beginning of the process until now for me. It is an absolute side splitter!

WHT: Greenville’s shows usually run from three to four weeks with approximately 12 performances. What have you done differently this time in order to be physically ready to perform a musical that runs for seven weeks and over 30 shows?
James: The longest run I have ever done for a show is 4 nights so this has been an increase tenfold for me! I like to think that I keep myself in adequate physical condition all year round, so for me the challenge is to maintain myself mentally for the show’s run.

WHT: Favorite part about this rehearsal process or show’s progress?
James: My favorite part of the process has been being able to actually watch a lot of the development during the numbers that I am not onstage.

WHT: One thing you learned during this process or something you rediscovered?
James: I rediscovered that nothing is better motivation for a show than to JUST HAVE FUN!

WHT: Any piece of advice for a virgin audience member coming to see The Rocky Horror Show?
James: Virgins…leave all apprehension at the door and fellow Transylvanians…bring everything you got!

WHT: This show is good ole rock and roll. What’s your favorite song in the show and why?
James: My favorite number is Hot Patootie. It is fun, wild and rock and roll!

WHT: If Matt Reece suddenly couldn’t break away from his auction-addiction and refused to perform in the show this Saturday, who…and you can pick anyone in this world…would you want for the Narrator?
James: Morgan Freeman, right?

See James D. Fawcett on our stage as the perfect creation, Rocky, in The Rocky Horror Show playing through Halloween midnight!