Felicia Curry is finishing a successful run of The Wings of Ikarus Jackson at The Kennedy Center. Some of her past stage credits include Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse and Mirandy and Brother Wind for Adventure Theatre, A Christmas Carol and Little Shop of Horrors at Ford’s Theatre, Les Miserables at Signature Theatre, Tick Tick…Boom! and The Stephen Schwartz Project at MetroStage, and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. When not doing theatre Felicia can be found putting the “mock in democracy” with the political satire troupe – The Capitol Steps. I always enjoy Felicia’s work on stage, and I’m very happy that she was able to do this column.
What is your first memory of performing on the stage?
My first memory of being on stage was at the ripe old age of 4. I did a talent show where I sang the “The Greatest Love of All.” I remember loving the feeling of performing and subsequently, everywhere I went became a stage!
You are currently performing in The Wings of Ikarus Jackson at the Kennedy Center. What is the show about and who do you play?
The Wings of Ikarus Jackson, currently playing in The Kennedy Center Family Theater, is a dance-theater piece based on the book Wings by Christopher Myers. The show is about a boy who is teased for being different. He is soon befriended by a girl at school, Cris, who herself is an outsider. She helps him discover just how special he is and that being different can be incredibly beautiful. I play two characters in the show but my main character is Shorty. Very simply put, I am the bully. And I’ll just say it – sometimes it’s cool to play the bad guy!
You have performed twice at Adventure Theatre in Mirandy and Brother Wind and Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse. What do you like the most about performing for young audiences?
I am a firm believer that performing for young audiences is not necessarily different than performing for adult audiences. I love that we are introducing the beauty of theater to these young people because they will soon be the adult theater-goers. I love that we both entertain and teach them something at the same time.
You are a member of the ‘spot-on’ political satire group The Capitol Steps. Who have been some of your favorite characters you’ve played and satirized?
I have been a member of the Capitol Steps since the election in 2008. Since then, I have had the honor and pleasure to portray everyone from Laura Bush to a gas pump to a cheese head from Wisconsin. But I think if I had to choose a few favorites, I’d say I really enjoy playing Kim Jong Il, Sarah Palin, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I could tell you why I get a kick out of portraying these people or you could just come to the Reagan Building any Friday and Saturday night and see for yourself! I will say that what I love about being part of this group is the opportunity to play so many different characters!
What’s next for you after The Wings of Ikarus Jackson?
I am always working with the Capitol Steps and will continue to do so when we close. I will also be doing Rapunzel at Imagination Stage and I’ll be playing, you guessed it, Rapunzel! I am really looking forward to doing this piece and getting to play a real Disney princess! I have to admit, I never thought I’d have an opportunity like this, and I am so thankful to Imagination Stage for believing in me enough to take a chance!
Watch and listen to Felicia Curry sing “Cake Walk” in Mirandy and Brother Wind at Adventure Theatre.