This Dallas actress has succumbed to baby fever both on and offstage
Matthew Lopez's comedy The Legend of Georgia McBride may focus mainly on two men in heels — one a talented drag queen, the other a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator who's possibly found a new calling — but the lone woman in the cast has her own costume challenges.
Dallas actress Sky Williams plays the pregnant wife of Casey (Kyle Igneczi), and before she straps on that pregnancy belt for December 1's opening night (the show runs through December 17 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater), she took the time to fill out our survey of serious, fun, and sometimes ridiculous questions.
Name: Sky Williams
Role in The Legend of Georgia McBride: Jo
Previous work in the DFW area: Aida and Broadway Our Way (Uptown Players); The Hollow, How the Other Half Loves, Puss in Boots (Theatre Britain); Day Light, Hot Mikado, Avenue Q (Theatre Three); Lil' Abner, Light Up the Sky, My Three Angels, Blithe Spirit, Big Love (Collin Theatre Center); Ragtime (The J Players); Finding Myself in Bed (Proper Hijinx Productions); Theatre of Death (MBS Productions); Nunsense (Brick Road Theatre); Hair (GLCT); and Dallas Children’s Theater national tours of Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters and Stuart Little.
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Where you currently reside: Canada (St. Paul), Texas
First theater role: A puppy dog in my first-grade class play. (Fun fact: I didn’t even say my one line because I was too busy crying and wetting my pants.)
First stage show you ever saw: 42nd Street
Moment you decided to pursue a career in theater: It’s actually a pretty long story, so let’s just say God works in mysterious ways. :)
Most challenging role you’ve played: Adult (still haven’t mastered it).
Special skills: I am pretty amazing with babies. I will legit go out of my way to meet/hold/temporarily babysit a baby at any function. Also, my homemade queso is on point.
Something you’re REALLY bad at: Sports ... all of them.
Current pop culture obsession: I love a good gif.
Last book you read: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy DeGruy.
Favorite movie(s): Pretty much anything Disney or musicals they show on TCM ... and Girls Trip.
Favorite musician(s): Esperanza Spalding, Bernhoft, Yo-Yo Ma.
Favorite song: Too. Many. To. Name.
Dream role: Medea
Favorite play(s): The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Lysistrata, The Revolutionists ... the list goes on.
Favorite musical(s): Pippin, Dear Evan Hansen, In the Heights, Funny Girl
Favorite actors/actresses: Viola Davis, Audra McDonald, Leonardo DiCaprio
Favorite food: Tex-Mex
Must-see TV show(s): Great News, Broad City, Black-ish, Chewing Gum, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Something most people don’t know about you: I have trypophobia ... don’t look it up. You’ve been warned.
Place in the world you’d most like to visit: Rome
Pre-show warm-up: Humming/singing a prayer
Favorite part about your current role: Riding the turntable [at the Kalita Humphreys Theater] even when I don’t have to ... because I’m 5.
Most challenging part about your current project: Pregnancy belly puts pressure on my bladder and I have to pee every 20 minutes.
Most embarrassing onstage mishap: I full-out, no-marking, zoned out during a performance for my drama class in high school, and forgot to say a line that was supposed to catalyze the resolutive action for the play. It was silent for about 15 seconds before I realized it was my turn to talk, but it was too late, someone just said the last two lines of the play, then we all bowed. The cast had a pizza party without me.
Career you’d have if you weren’t in theater: Alchemist?
Favorite post-show spot: My boyfriend’s arms ... haha I’m just kidding, I ain’t got a man. Taco Bell.
Favorite thing about Dallas-Forth Worth: There are so many places to eat. Like SO many.
Most memorable theater moment: When I first really started getting into musical theater in high school, I didn’t think my parents would really support me. On the opening night of my first show, Beauty and the Beast, my mom not only showed up, but she brought me flowers and said she was proud of me. That made me feel pretty dang sparkly.