We are thrilled to welcome back Monica Cummings as the sweet-as-ever Miss Honey in our upcoming production of Matilda. Matilda opens Friday, July 14, 2023 and runs for three weekends.
Monica (Miss Honey) is delighted to return to Stageworks theatre for this production of Matilda! She has appeared in other roles such as Ladybug (James and the Giant Peach), Metta Larkin (Newsies), Motormouth (Hairspray), Joanne (RENT), La Carlotta (Phantom of the Opera).
We sat down and talked to Monica about her and her role in Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical at Stageworks Theatre.
How long have you been performing and what have been some of your favorite roles?
After high school, I found a joy performing through the world of theatre and have been doing that for about 12 years. Some of my favorite roles include Motormouth (Hairspray), La Carlotta (Phantom of the Opera), Joanne (RENT). And of course Miss Honey will definitely be added to this list!
What enticed you to audition for Matilda?
I've always loved the movie adaptation from the 90's and thought the musical was just as fun. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to possibly be a part of such a fun show!
Tell us about your character in Matilda.
Miss Honey is a quiet individual who is kind, caring, and respectful. She sometimes has a hard time speaking up for herself. But Miss Honey truly comes to life whenever she is teaching in her classroom and helping her students.
How are you like/NOT alike your character?
Miss Honey and I are very much alike. Sometimes I can't tell the difference between us! We have a similar demeanor and share a passion for helping kids. I've been in field of education for the past 10 years working/teaching children with special needs. Being in the classroom and working with children has brought me so much joy and I can't wait to show that through Miss Honey.
When you’re not onstage, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not on stage I love spending time with my family and friends. I like to be out in nature either roller skating, or just soaking up the sun and admiring the view. I also enjoy listening to music, reading and painting. Beyond my free time, I'll be starting a new job soon as an interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of hearing. I'm extremely excited for this new endeavor.
What’s the best thing about Stageworks?
The best thing about Stageworks is the community that they have cultivated. Everyone is always warm, welcoming and willing to help. It's a great atmosphere and I always look forward to going back!
Come see Miss Honey tap into the magic of Matilda at Stageworks Theatre, opening July 14, 2023.