If you’ve ever attended a performance of the Davidson Community Players or seen one of the many local TV commercials promoting downtown Mooresville, then Cassandra Woods probably looks familiar. The Cornelius resident has worked as an actress since she was a child, and continues to perform in local theater productions. And this month, along with her acting partner Eric D'Esterre, she’ll start shooting new downtown Mooresville commercials for the spring and summer.
How did you first get interested in acting? I attended an integrated school with drama and art in Massachusetts growing up and my big debut was in the first grade when I starred as Baby Bear in the play "The Three Little Bears." My older brother was also a musical theatre actor and he really got me interested in the field and inspired me to pursue acting. From then on I attended college at Palm Beach Atlantic University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre. What was your first acting gig? It was straight out of college for an educational theatre called The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The show I was a part of was called "Once upon a time in Florida," and it was a musical about the history of Florida. We traveled the east coast of south Florida performing for middle and elementary schools. When and why did you move to Cornelius? I moved to Cornelius about three years ago because I was ready to start a family. I really liked North Carolina and began looking for a place to live in the Mooresville and Huntersville areas but found Cornelius to be right in the middle of the two. I do a lot of theatre in Charlotte so I wanted a family oriented town that was also close to the city center. What other plays and commercials have you done? I've worked with all the major professional acting companies in Charlotte for the most part. In addition to the commercials I've done to promote Mooresville I've also worked with the Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College Theatre, Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Davidson Community Players. What is your proudest moment as an actress? Playing the role of “Violet” in “Violet the Musical” with Davidson Community Players in 2010. The play is very dark and the role was very serious and required a lot of emotional concentration and self-exploration. I was really able to capture the character and I won a Metrolina Theatre Award for outstanding lead actress in a musical. In general theatre has changed the way I look at myself because it allows me to think and feel like the character I am portraying. I must study others and observe behaviors and emotions. I believe that in doing this I have learned to be more compassionate and sensitive to the situations and feelings of those around me.
Who would you most like to co-star with in a movie? Reese Witherspoon. She's a great actress that can take herself seriously while being down to earth and family oriented and I feel like I could relate to her as a person.