Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

Book by Dennis Kelly

Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin

October 4 – November 5, 2023

June 7 – 30, 2024

Directed by Brian Weaver

Music Directed by Eric Nordin

Choreography by Kemba Shannon 

This production of Matilda The Musical was licensed by Music Theatre International.

To change the world, it takes a little genius

Are you ready for the tale of a pint-sized genius who's about to show the world what true brainpower can accomplish? 

Matilda the Musical, inspired by the classic Roald Dahl story, is brought to life in a spectacular display of music, dance, and pure imagination.

Our heroine is a precocious young girl who's stuck with a family that doesn't appreciate her intellect or her love of books. But Matilda is no ordinary child – she's got a magical mind, and with the help of her kind-hearted teacher Miss Honey, she navigates the challenges of school, family, and a truly terrifying principal – Miss Trunchbull.

If you're looking for a show that'll make you laugh, cry, and cheer for the underdogs, Matilda is the perfect choice. It's a critically acclaimed  musical, full of heart, humor, and some seriously catchy tunes. 

Matilda the Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company. With a book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, this show is the winner of over 100 international awards, including 24 for Best Musical. 

So what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets now and join Matilda on her epic journey to rewrite the rules and change the world. You won't regret it!

CREATIVE TEAM

 

Director: Brian Weaver

Choreographer: Kemba Shannon

Music Director: Eric Nordin

Scenic & Lighting Designer:Daniel Meeker~

Costume Designer: Wanda Walden

Stage Manager & Dialect Coach: Cassie Greer*

Puppet Designer: Christina Ricetti

Wig & Makeup Designer: Tessa May

Head Electrician: Allison Knight-Blaine

Scenic Artist: BeiYi Teo ^+

Cultural Competency Consultant: Keela Johnson

Asst Choreographer & Youth Wrangler: Voni Kengla^

Asst Music Director:Steven Cantor

Asst Stage Manager: Thyra Hartshorn*

Asst Costume Designer: Dayna Lucas

Asst Head Electrician: Abby Jacquin

Carpenter/Props: Tim Finlayson & Ryann St Julien

Design/Production Apprentice: Dylan Nebeker+

 

ADULT CAST

 

Miss Agatha Trunchbull: Susannah Mars*

Miss Honey: Merideth Kaye Clark*

Mr. Wormwood/Escapologist: Michael Feldman*

Mrs. Wormwood/Acrobat: Dana Green*

Mrs. Phelps/Big Kid: Claire Rigsby

Doctor/Cook/Sergei/Big Kid: Alec Cameron Lugo & Benjamin Tissell*

Michael Wormwood/Rudolpho/Party Entertainer/Big Kid: Austin Comfort*

Nurse/Big Kid: Netty McKenzie^

Big Kid/Mechanic: Voni Kengla^

 

YOUTH CAST

 

Matilda Wormwood: Lily Francis, Georgia Krugel & Nia Scott

Bruce: Mia Roman & Henry Tullis

Lavender: Chenoa Johnson & Arden Thorsell

Amanda: Claire de la Cruz & Madeline Cromer

Nigel:James ALexander Lovely & Ever Thorsell

Eric: Estella Lindhorst & Tucker Karsten

Alice: Morgane Hepburn & Margot Penny Weaver

Hortensia: Zahara Beamer & Mila Kashiwabara

Lily: Ellie Weaver & Olivia Cho-McDonald

Big Kid: Zae’lyn Chadwick & Imani Hill

 

UNDERSTUDIES

 

Mr. Wormwood/Escapologist/Michael/ Rudolpho/Party Entertainer/Big Kid: Alec Cameron Lugo

Doctor/Sergei/Cook/Big Kid: Austin Comfort*

Trunchbull/Miss Honey/Mrs. Wormwood: Voni Kengla^

Mrs. Phelps/Big Kid: Kathryn Hasson+

Nurse/Big Kid:Monika Milani+

Bruce/Eric/Lavender/Amanda: Alex Osserman

Hortensia: Finley Wright

Alice: Mila Kashiwabara

Nigel/Lily: Lily Francis, Georgia Krugel & Nia Scott

 

BAND 

 

Percussion: TJ Arko & Taylor Arko 

Bass: Jesika Westbrook 

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone: Ward Baxter 

Piano: Eric Nordin



Appears as courtesy of Actor's Equity

Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

~ United Scenic Artists

Statement from Portland Playhouse

 

As we embark on the journey of presenting Matilda the Musical, based on a novel by Roald Dahl, we wish to acknowledge his complex legacy. 

Roald Dahl has written stories that have been loved by generations. He was also a writer who made anti-Semetic statements, and engaged in racism, misogyny & transphobia

In presenting Matilda the Musical, we do not endorse Roald Dahl's views, or ignore the harm he’s caused. Rather, we see an opportunity to engage in a broader conversation about the complicated intersections of art and societal values. We believe in the transformative power of theatre to open minds, stir dialogue, and promote understanding.

We are excited to tell this story about a community who encourage and help each other to face their fears and oppressive forces head on (and thrive despite them!) As we bring Matilda’s story to life on our stage, we hope it serves as a reminder of the importance of standing up against prejudice, advocating for fairness, and always striving to learn and grow. May we all feel inspired to share our own stories through imagination, risk taking, dialogue, and radical JOY.

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