Today we’re talking to the multitalented Heather Matthews!!
Heather Matthews got her start in theater on The Historical Goldenrod Showboat when it was in St. Charles, Missouri. She went on to receive a bachelors in vocal performance from Indiana University – Bloomington. She worked as a singer and dancer for Royal Caribbean International, performed as Eliza Doolittle in the national tour of My Fair Lady, and was a company member of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. After New York, Heather headed to London, England where she performed as Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Susan in Company. During her stint in London, she decided to pursue another lifelong dream of becoming a hairstylist and got a job as an apprentice with celebrity stylist Paul Edmonds at his flagship salon in Knightsbridge, London. Heather is a St. Louis native and works as a stylist in Ellisville. Her work is featured regularly in The The St. Louis Post-Dispatch & STLtoday.com as well on Fox 2 News St.Louis. She is so happy to be back in St. Louis running her business and staying busy performing. Since returning she has played Fantine in Les Miserables with The Alpha Players (BPA nominee), Victoria Grant in Victor/Victoria and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (BPA Nom) both with FMT, Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood with Stray Dog Theatre, the title role in Mary Poppins with CMP (BPA win) and Eva Peron in Evita with FMT (Leeann Smith Cho Best Musical Performance Award). She also sings around town with a jazz trio booked through TalentPlus Entertainment.
Lets hear a little from Heather!!
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
A: Ensemble in a high school production of Anything Goes.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: Specialize in something so when people need that, they think of you. Don’t try to do everything.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: I fell through a trap door once…only I didn’t go all the way through bc one leg was still out. The audience waited patiently as I was lifted out by cast members. Graceful!
Q: What is your dream role?
A: It was Evita and it still is. I could do that role forever.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
A: I am addicted to cooking shows. I love them.
Thanks Heather- check back next Friday for our next victim!
Grace Austin is an STL area educator and director. Her work can currently be seen onstage in the Ozark Actors’ Theatre production of Annie Get Your Gun. See more at gracemaustin.com
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