Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (Matilda) has won many fans since it first came to the stage in 2010. These fans include Rene Mauck, Drama Advisor at Muscatine High School (MHS). Ever since she first saw the Tony winning show in New York, she knew she wanted to use it as a spring musical. This year, the stars finally aligned. With what Mauck describes as the, “right group of kids,” and the rights to perform it finally available, Mauck and MHS’s actors look forward to presenting the very first performance of Matilda in Iowa ever.
Based on the classic Roald Dahl book, Matilda tells the story of Matilda, an incredibly gifted child and voracious reader misunderstood by her parents. The musical follows Matilda as she starts school, meets her first teacher and ally Ms. Honey, and her terrible principal Ms. Trunchbull. Through their adventures, Mauck shares, “Matilda and Ms. Honey find ways to change their stories.”
More than just a warm, poignant coming of age story, Matilda shows off the skills of MHS’s actors. With a challenging score, characters with British accents, emotional monologues, and impressive theatrical illusions, Matilda shows off the full range of its cast’s talents and the fruits of their many weeks of work.
Whatever draws you to MHS’s production of Matilda, this show certainly will not disappoint you. As junior McKenzie Lofgren, who plays Matilda (a role she has dreamed of ever since she saw the show on Broadway in 2013) put it, Matilda, “appeals to all ages 100 percent. . .. The characters are so out there that you will enjoy them whether you love Matilda or have never seen it before.”
Performances of Matilda will take place at the MHS Auditorium from Thursday, April 25th through Saturday, April 27th. Patrons can catch shows at 7:00 pm each day, as well as at a 2:00 pm Saturday matinee. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for all kindergarten through twelfth grade students.