Photo credit: Sarah Sovereign Photography
I gather your daughters Florinda and Lucinda are already making your life difficult…
Oh my darling girls. I love them so, and I try so hard, I really do. I simply want what's best for my precious dears, but lately they have been so caught up in texting and bickering with mumsy, that they have completely lost the plot. Florinda and Lucinda certainly aren't getting any younger, and so, I'm doing my best to groom them to be the perfect Princesses for a handsome Prince. They are fortunate to have such a skilled teacher. After all, I have managed to catch two perfectly acceptable husbands, may they rest in peace.
In your other life, you work with (hopefully not so difficult) kids at the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts. What is your role there?
CSOPA is this fantastic pre-professional children's theatre school that our family became involved with nine years ago. It started with looking for a creative place for our oldest boy, and being a lover of theatre myself, it didn't take too long for me to get involved. It's not work if you love it. I am privileged to be the Stage Manager on the MainStage productions, and an instructor, in the Junior Musical Theatre program and homeschool classes. The amazing kids I work with inspire me to hold onto that sense of play that we all seem to lose when we enter the adult world and become entirely too serious.
What are you most looking forward to in this production?
Most looking forward to? I have to pick a most? They are all mosts. The cast is a stellar group of performers that I am so excited to work with and learn from. I'm stoked to see where Adam's direction takes this show, and I love working with Nicola and her musical genius. The production team is full of talented pros, who are bringing so many fun elements to this show. Performing in a Sondheim show has always been a dream, and getting to play a deliciously wicked, narcissistic Stepmother is already turning out to be a lot of fun. Wait, no I have a most. I get to wield a knife...onstage...because it's all fun and games, until someone loses a toe. Then, it's Theatre!