Meet Tiffany Tatreau, one of the stars of a wild ride of a musical: Ride the Cyclone. At 8:17 PM, the Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster. At 8:19, the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise. Trapped in fantastical carnival-like purgatory, the recently deceased teens discover a mechanical fortune teller, who invites them to tell their stories of life interrupted, with the promise of a prize like no other.
This show has been through a few years of continued development, starting in Canada with Atomic Vaudeville before debuting in the US in Chicago and playing Off Broadway. Now the show continues to develop in Seattle. When/where did you join this show’s journey? What has your experience been like so far?
Tiffany Tatreau: I got on the ride in Chicago in Fall of 2015 for the production at Chicago Shakespearean Theatre. This experience has truly the dream job I couldn’t have dreamed up if I tried. It is the greatest gift. I never expected the journey to be this long and crazy, but I am so grateful for it.
Can you tell us a little bit about your character?
TT: My character, Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg, is the Type A, over-achiever, “bossy” class president of the group. She is definitely not always the nicest. (That is an understatement.) Ocean is dead set on winning the competition to come back to life because she believes objectively that she would be the most successful. She definitely has the most to learn throughout the course of the show.
In what ways do you identify with your character?
TT: I was the “leader of the choir” type in high school, always wanting to be in charge and have things done a certain way. I’ve let go of a lot of that as I’ve grown up, but performing this show is such a great reminder every day to cherish what you have, no matter where you are on the ride.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
TT: This role is a challenge because there is such a fine line when playing a character that is sometimes “mean.” As an actor, you have to find a way to justify what she’s saying about her classmates without judging her.
What are you enjoying most about being in Ride the Cyclone?
TT: It’s my favorite show! It’s fast-paced and wacky and really fills up my heart. Our writers, Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell, have created incredible songs and a brilliant, hilarious book that is fun and rewarding to do every day.
This musical is brand new to Seattle so most people probably know very little about it. What’s one thing you think audiences should know before the house lights go down?
TT: This show is absolutely wild and you’ll never know where we are going next, but if you get on the ride, you’re going to love it.
Without giving anything away, can you share your favorite line of dialogue?
TT: “And that’s why not everyone should have a library card! And you should vote for me.”
You can see Tiffany and the rest of the incredible cast of Ride The Cyclone at the ACT Theatre now through May 20th. Get your tickets here.