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Matilda The Musical Wows Sold-Out Crowds

A few short days ago—before the opening of a huge, extremely complex, and detailed musical filled with chaos, magic, and special effects—I had too many thoughts in my head to begin a reflection on the Upper School performance of Matilda the Musical. In desperation, I turned to my eight-year-old twin boys, who dictated the following:

“A sad, sad story about a girl with terrible parents. She loved books, but her parents did not. So she wanted to keep it a secret that she snuck out of the house to the library. Her father was the most terrible of all. He wanted her to watch more TV, but she did not. She kept on reading books. She was very revolting.”

With last weekend’s four phenomenal performances now behind us, I fondly look back at this description. It is actually quite accurate (especially the revolting part), although it fails to conjure the rip-roaring pace, the laugh-out-loud humor; the outrageously over-the-top characters; the incredibly clever, heartbreaking, and soaring music by Tim Minchin; the wild, high-energy dancing; the mysterious sub-plot of an acrobat, an escapologist, and an evil aunt; and the brilliant and inventive little girl with telepathic powers and a fierce need to make the world a better place.

This year’s Upper School musical featured a live professional band, playground swings, and green hair. And, of course, revolting children. Lots of them. Children revolting from their repressive, nightmarish British prep school, where teaching with love and kindness (and books) is against the rules.

This show is a testament to people of all ages who love knowledge, truth, and the resilience of the human spirit. And the revolution that lies in every brave and curious mind.

I am so proud of our incredible students and our brilliant team of collaborative artist/teachers for pulling off such an amazing production!

– Director of Theatre Arts Erica Smith, Director of Matilda The Musical

 

Matilda Performance "Revolting Children"