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"Matilda the Musical"


Sacred Heart Presents Our 19th Musical
"Matilda the Musical"

April 3-5, 2020
Friday, 7 pm; Saturday, 7 pm; Sunday 2 pm

stage musical based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl 


Each spring, a Middle School musical is held. Middle School students audition to perform onstage or they crew off-stage, running lights, sound, props, and serving as the stage manager.

"Matilda the Musical" is a stage musical based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. The story opens with a chorus of children boasting about being their parents' miracles.  Mrs. Wormwood (Clothilde B.), a ballroom dancing-obsessed woman, gives birth to a baby girl called Matilda (Alana S.). The doctor (Ariana N.) thinks Matilda is the most beautiful child she has ever seen, but Mrs. Wormwood is only worried about a dancing contest she has missed. Similarly shallow, Mr. Wormwood (Nati B.)—a used-car salesman and television addict—dismisses the child when he realizes she is a girl. Five years later, Matilda is an avid reader and lives unhappily with her parents and her older brother Michael (James G.). The Wormwoods are oblivious to her genius and frequently mock her.

At the local library, Matilda tells Mrs. Phelps (Mara H.) a story about a world-famous acrobat (Lucia D.) and escapologist (Wyatt P.) who long to have a child but can't. To distract themselves from their sadness they announce to the world's press that they will perform an exciting and dangerous new act. The next day is Matilda's first day at school. Her teacher, Miss Honey (Emerson G.), is impressed by Matilda's ability, so she recommends that Matilda be moved to the top class with the older children. However, the child-hating, disciplinarian headmistress Miss Trunchbull (Sofia C.), a former world champion hammer thrower, dismisses Miss Honey's suggestion and lectures her on the importance of following rules.

At the Wormwoods' house, Mr. Wormwood is frustrated about losing a sale of worn-out cars to a group of rich Russians. At school, Matilda is told of Miss Trunchbull's cruel punishments, including the Chokey: a tiny cupboard lined with sharp objects in which she locks disobedient children for hours. Meanwhile, Miss Honey decides to visit the Wormwoods to express her recommendation that Matilda be put in an advanced class. She meets Mrs. Wormwood and her dance partner Rudolpho (Aidan O.). 

At school, Bruce Bogtrotter (Jack A.), a boy in Matilda's class, has stolen a slice of Miss Trunchbull's personal chocolate cake. Miss Trunchbull punishes Bruce by forcing him to eat the entire cake in front of the class. Matilda resolves to end Miss Trunchbull's cruelty. She uses both her brain and her special abilities along with her fellow classmates Alice (Ferrell K.), Amanda (Clementine M.), Hortensia (Carolina C.), Lavender (Elle M.), Tommy (Lukas N.), Nigel (Nico H.), and Eric (Jody P.) to thwart the headmistress and bring about a happy end to the story for all, even her unappreciative family, who flee the country after Mr. Wormwood’s deceitful business venture is discovered!