Happy Mother’s Day everyone! Hope the day brings you lots of relaxation and quality time with your kiddos. One mom who would definitely be avoiding their children today is Mrs. Wormwood, Matilda’s mother. I recently got a chance to chat with the delightful Darcy Stewart who plays the role on the tour coming to PPAC this week. Check out my interview below:
Thanks for taking the time for this interview! Mrs. Wormwood may not be the best mom…what do you love about playing the role?
I love love love that Mrs. Wormwood is bigger than life. She is wildly expressive and loud (which there is an entire number based on) and passionate about looking good. Yes, she is a terrible mom. I get to play someone who’s ideals are so skewed from my own, and it’s always fun to play a character who believes in things you don’t believe in for yourself. Like “looks are more important than books”, a line I get to use in the play. It’s a challenge and I get to have a ton of fun doing it.
Your role is pretty physically demanding (Salsa much?) How do you compensate for such a grueling schedule?
I’m actually lucky in that I get to rest my body for the majority of the show, other than the number “Loud”, which is a salsa number where I sing and dance with my partner, Rudolpho. The number was extremely difficult at first but thankfully my body has adapted to the demands of the number and now I’m just having a wildly fun time up there. Now, if we’re speaking of really physically demanding, the ensemble dancers are moving the entire show. Have you seen the choreography in this show? Every number is incredibly physically demanding and the ensemble gives 110% every show; eight shows a week. I get to rest my body and my voice after “Loud”, but they are going hard up there onstage for the whole show. I think the secret to that is a good diet, keeping a good head space, and… coffee. 🙂
You work with many young actors in this show. What advice would you give children who aspire to fill Matilda’s shoes one day?
The advice I would give to children is that you must believe ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. I have believed that my whole life, and it is an absolutely true statement. If you really put your mind to something and stick with it, it will be achieved.
If you could play any other role in the show which would you pick and why?
If I could play any role other than my own it would have to be Ms. Honey. I am typically cast as strong, fierce, head strong females with very little softness to them. It would be challenging to try playing a gentler, more sensitive character. I would absolutely love the chance to play someone who is so vulnerable, and I would also love to play someone who gets to work so closely with our Matilda’s. They are fierce young girls and it would be quite the experience.
Matilda is awesome as a Broadway show. Which Roald Dahl book should be adapted for you to star in next?
This musical is obviously family friendly and suitable for a young audience. What do you hope that kids will take away from it, and what do you think their moms and dads will enjoy the most?
I cannot wait to see Darcy and the rest of the cast this week at PPAC. Don’t forget you have until Monday, May 15 to enter to win your own tickets on my other Matilda post. If you don’t win, don’t be discouraged! The Providence Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce that Family Night at Matilda will take place on Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. With the purchase of one regularly-priced ticket, guests can receive one complimentary ticket of equal value for a child aged 18 or younger. Please call (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or visit the Box Office at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence for more information and to order; Family Night tickets are not available online. Tickets for Family Night are limited and are available on a first-come; first-served basis. I hope to see you there!