Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda the Musical’ coming to MHS stage
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MARSHFIELD — Based on the beloved children’s book by British author, Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach), the new musical Matilda is being staged at Marshfield High School April 13-15. The story features a young genius, Matilda, who is neglected and unwanted by her parents. She develops magical powers from imagination developed from a love of reading books. When she finally enters school, she discovers wonderful friends, a loving teacher, Miss Honey, but also a wretched headmistress, Miss Agatha Trunchbull, who unjustly punishes children.
The MHS Drama Club, and featured performers from Marshfield Middle School, are excited to bring this version of Matilda the Musical to life.
On Broadway, the show featured four performers in the role of Matilda, but this production features freshman Campbell Cutlan as the witty girl. Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, Matilda’s parents, are portrayed by freshmen Andrew Bennett and Devin Weis. Miss Honey, Matilda’s compassionate teacher, is played by senior Stephanie Mews, while the adversary, Headmistress Trunchbull, is taken on by Henry Johnson, a role on Broadway and London that was performed by a masculine figure, making the headmistress even more fearful. The production includes a total of 35 MHS and MMS performers, a pit orchestra of 16 student performers, and a crew of 26 students assisting with makeup, hair, running crew, lights and sound. MHS’s theatre program participates in the statewide Jerry Awards program, which recognizes outstanding students and productions through the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison.
A fantastic musical, this show runs about two hours and 15 minutes, includes a 15-minute intermission, and features memorable songs and dances, including, “When I Grow Up,” “Naughty,” and “Miracle” – songs you’ll be enjoying long after leaving the theatre.
The cast and crew are excited to display the new lighting system for the audience as well. The show is appropriate for ages seven and up, but it does feature scenes of bullying. The message still resonates: bullies, no matter what the age, do not win out to those who stand up for what is right.
All seats are reserved. Tickets are currently on sale for $10 each online at: https://our.show/mhsmatilda. Tickets cost $15 if purchased at the door on the day of the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are paperless, and all that is needed at check-in is the ticket confirmation email or text message with your seats to present at the door. Tickets can be purchased in person before the show in the main office, or by calling 715-387-8464. Tickets are available until 7:30 p.m. online the day of the show.