By ANNABELLE ADY
for Inland 360
Roald Dahls Matilda the Musical opens tonight at the Regional Theatre of the Palouse in Pullman. The Tony Award-winning show is based on the book Matilda, which follows a young school girl with psychokinetic powers and a love of knowledge. Inland 360 caught up with actress Laura Child of Pullman who plays Mrs. Wormwood, Matildas cruel mother.
What do you do for a living/when not working with the theater?
I raise funds for the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University.
Why did you want to take part in this play?
I love the musical and really wanted to play the part of the mean mom. Both of my daughters are also involved. My oldest daughter, a sophomore at WSU, plays Miss Honey, the sweet school teacher. My younger daughter, a junior at Pullman High School, is the choreographer for the show.
What other roles have you acted in?
I have mostly played ensemble roles. The shows I have been in are Annie, Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Anything Goes, and All Shook Up. All of the shows were done with my daughters.
What is your favorite part about playing Mrs. Wormwood?
She is just obnoxious. She says things I would never get away with saying in real life. Plus, I have this smoking hot dance number!
Besides yourself, which actor in this production is going to blow people away?
The whole cast is really amazing. It would be hard to pick just one. The Matildas both work very hard and of course, Miss Honey is amazing.
If you could portray any character in a play or a movie, what character would it be?
I would have loved being cast in the Oceans 8 movie -- such an amazing cast of women.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Matilda the Musical.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, (Nov. 7-10) Wednesday (Nov. 13) and Nov. 14-17.
1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Nov. 16-17.
WHERE: Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N. Grand Ave. Pullman.
COST: $12 to $20, available by calling the box office at (509) 334-0750.