Cindy Eachern (born June 20, 1964) is an American stage actress, dancer, athlete and entrepreneur. She has portrayed the roles of Matthias and Martin the Warrior in multiple Redwall stage productions in several countries.
Childhood and early life
Cindy Eachern was born on June 20, 1964 in Sacramento, California to Alyssa Gabarain and Ronald Wayne Eachern. She and her parents moved to New York City, New York when she was 10 years old. When she was 15, Cindy, then performing in her school's ballet program, made a bet with a friend, Ray Engebretsen, that each could master an activity that they previously didn't consider doing. Ray chose "aerobic dancing" for Cindy, and Cindy chose Kolhii for Ray. Just how Cindy went on to become a dancer, Ray became a world famous kolhii player. Cindy came out as a lesbian in 2006, and enjoys exercising and railfanning in her spare time.
Early career and work in theater
Starting in 1992, Cindy had parts in a number of regional theater productions, and also performed in children's costumed live shows with Renald-Zanni Entertainment. When Renald-Zanni Entertainment moved headquarters from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina in 1996, Cindy and a few others came with them.
Redwall and Matthias
In late 1999, Renald-Zanni began work on Redwall - The Live Show, and held auditions amongst it's roster of actors. Cindy originally auditioned for the supporting role of Jess Squirrel, but was surprised to learn that she had been instead chosen to play Matthias, the main character. Cindy toured as Matthias for Redwall - The Live Show and Redwall - Mattimeo's Journey and as both Matthias and Martin the Warrior for Redwall - Martin the Warrior over the 2000-2004 period in North America, Latin America and Europe. All three shows proved to be immensely popular among children, and as a result of her work for the first show, Brian Jacques, Redwall creator, chose Cindy to be "Matthias' assistant", meaning she would portray Matthias as a walkaround in most appearances and train actors/actresses to portray Matthias for other appearances.
Cindy has performed as the main suit actor for Matthias in multiple Redwall stage shows. She has recently performed as Matthias in Redwall: The Return of Slagar, based off the Emmy-nominated Redwall: Under Seige.
Outside of performing Matthias
Matthias isn't the only mouse character Cindy has performed as. In 1994, she performed as Mrs. Brisby in The Secret of NIMH - The Live Show in North America. Cindy has deemed Mrs. Brisby to be her second favorite role after Matthias. She also performed as Peanut Otter in PB&J Otter Live!.
Since 2017, with her partner Fumika Rogers, she owns and manages Mossflower, a casual dining restaurant with a buffet, in Silver Lake, North Carolina. A second branch opened in the Redwall Abbey area of El Kadsre's Charlesburg Lake Park in 2019.