Dawn 'Smiley' Williams
Her real name’s Dawn. Or Summer. Maybe April. Something with a hint of sunshine at the edge. Something best said in a whisper or with a quick, shy giggle...Little-voiced and wide-eyed, everyone just calls her Smiley.
- from 'Smiley' in At The Stage Door
When the cast changes came around, I was so relieved and happy to know that she was staying on, and I was very happy for her that she was getting to experience playing Rumpleteazer, even if I was sad to be losing her as one of my favourite characters (because I do SO love the kittens!) I was so attached to her as Jemima, I was worried I wouldn't take to her playing Rumpleteazer, but really, I should never have doubted Dawn's ability to shine! She is made of springs and sunshine I think! She's just so bright, charismatic and energetic on stage, she's truly stunning and captivating to watch - she is just a performer through and through, she has a musicality and a fun spirit about her that is uniquely hers and it just so fabulous to watch. And that energy and warmth of hers on the stage thoroughly translates of the stage too - her smile is even brighter in person, if anything, in fact, and she is just a breath of fresh air to see at stage door. Dawn is full of smiles, giggles and kindness, she is always so good at taking the time out to talk and at taking an interest in what you have to say too. She's really just like a delightful summer's day of a person, and she's got a playful sweetness to her that is very special. One of my favourite things about Dawn was how she would go out of her way not just for me, but for her fellow Jellicles, always making sure to tell the people who were playing my favourite characters that someone was in who would be looking out for them, and taking the time to tell the new cast to listen out for cheers when I was in - by the time the new cast were all in place in Llandudno, I actually found some of them recognising me before I'd even met them! Dawn is such a bubbly, gentle soul and she is just a delight to be around - she was the heart and soul of my experience with the 2013-2015 cast and my time following their journey from the tour to the West End would not have been even half as magical without her.
You smiled then, and your whole face changed with it. It kind of lit up, like there were sunbeams coming from inside you.
― Lucy Christopher