WAHS Drama Presents Spring Musical Matilda, April 20-23

Winford Hunter
Matilda (center) reads aloud to her kindergarten course, like (remaining to correct) Molly Carfagno, Riley Evans, Ollie Nacey, Erin Burke, Trudy Brement, Kylee Hughes, Rebecca Wooden, and Phoenix Claibourn. Photo: Malcolm Andrews.

The group is invited to get pleasure from an evening of leisure as the proficient college students from WAHS present the quirky, uplifting family musical Matilda.

Matilda will be executed in the Western Albemarle Large University (WAHS) auditorium on the evenings of Thursday April 20, Friday April 21, and Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m., as well as matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23. Thursday, April 20 is a gain dress rehearsal for the Eric Betthauser Memorial Scholarship. When paid out tickets are not needed for this performance, donations will be drastically appreciated for this unique trigger.

The refrain sings “Miracle” as mothers and fathers just take images of their best children whilst dropping them off at Matilda’s boarding university. In entrance (still left to ideal) are Corryn Ruoto, Fabel Monroe, Annie Shelton, Helen Rumsey, Kylee Hughes, and Ollie Nacey. Photograph: Malcolm Andrews.

Families with school-aged youngsters will get pleasure from this contemporary musical to start with released in the British isles in 2010 and on Broadway in 2013, with a movie adaptation in 2022. With songs and lyrics by Tim Minchin and a e book by Dennis Kelly, based mostly on the 1988 novel by Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility, James and the Big Peach, BFG, and much more), Matilda tells the story of a vibrant and precocious 5-yr-aged lady who has the gift of telekinesis—the psychic skill to go objects applying only her mind—and whose enjoy of studying assists her to defeat obstructions caused by her unique loved ones and faculty. Themes of fantastic vs. evil, independence vs. conformity, family, education and learning, and interior energy permeate the show. Witty lyrics and rambunctious ensemble figures are well balanced with gorgeous solos and a dance-interpreted tale inside of the story.

Matilda indulges her adore of studying when her spouse and children, which includes (left to right) her brother Michael (Braden Selmer) father Mr. Wormwood (Jackson Davis), and mom Mrs. Wormwood (Zoe Sauerwein), ignores her. Picture: Malcolm Andrews.

Matilda the Musical functions Trudy Brement as Matilda Wormwood, Zoey Sauerwein as Mrs. Wormwood, Jackson Davis as Mr. Wormwood, Natacha Jacques as instructor Miss out on Honey, and Audrey Scialla as the villainous Trunchbull. The show is directed by Caitlin Pitts with a are living orchestra directed by Elizabeth Vaughn, vocal route by Abby Smith, and choreography by college students Natacha Jacques, Molly Carfagne, and Claire McCulloch. 

Brement, the senior who stars as Matilda, has labored in community theater with DMR Adventures in Belmont, and very last calendar year understudied as Rosie in Mamma Mia. She is the founder and president of the WAHS chapter of the Worldwide Thespian Honor Culture, which boasts 30 associates, mentors, and young actors, and hosts a range of functions. “I appreciate theater for the reason that it results in a constructive environment, a local community exactly where like-minded persons get together to do something they are passionate about and every person respects just about every other,” Brement discussed. “Basically, it’s a blast!” She is even now selecting no matter if to go after theater as a big in faculty.

This year’s WAHS drama spring musical poster was developed by scholar Audrey Scialla.

“The students have taken so much ownership of this show and it will be a amazing expression of their spirit, expertise, and perseverance! The WAHS Drama Department is a lively community of artists who cultivate inclusivity,” stated Pitts.

Tickets are available on Ticketspicket.com (research for Western Albemarle High College, then filter by Particular Gatherings). Grown ups: $12 in advance or $14 at the doorway learners/senior citizens: $5 in advance or $6 at the door. 

Caitlin Pitts, director of the WAHS Drama Application, at the 2023 ArtsFest in the West. Photograph: Olympia Sauerwein.

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