Lakewood Theatre Company opens its 67th season with the new musical Roald Dahl’s Matilda. From the brilliant mind of Roald Dahl comes a magical stage adaptation of his beloved children’s novel. Prepare yourself for a captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. The show begins July 12 and continues through August 18, 2019 on the Headlee Mainstage at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.
The Story: Matilda (Cora Craver and Jorja Reed) is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents, the scheming Harry Wormwood (Danielle Valentine) and his ditzy wife Zinnia (Stephanie Heuston-Willing), who prefer Matilda’s older brother Michael (Jackson Wells). She finds a reprieve in the classroom, where she impresses her schoolteacher, the thoughtful and loveable Miss Honey (Brooke Moltrum). Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull (Andy Lindberg), hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!
The cast also features Trishelle Love as librarian Mrs. Phelps, Grant Thackray as Rodolpho, Nathan Dunkin as the Escapologist, Lindsay Reed as the Acrobat, Brian Burger as the Doctor, Jeremy Southard as the children’s entertainer.
The ensemble includes Essie Bertain, Xander Dean, Mikaela Ochocki, Lana Sage,Troy Sawyer, Jade Tate, and Brock Woolworth.
The kids ensemble includes Ryleigh Heffinger, Ava Neudeck, Josie Overstreet, Jocelyn Taylor, Phillip Wells, Maya Ye, and Max Young.
LTC’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is directed by Paul Angelo, musical direction is by Andrew Bray and choreography is by Jorie Jones. The stage manager is Micah Steury, scenic design is by Sami Joan Pfeifer, sound design is by Gordon Romei, lighting design is by Peter West, costume design and properties are by Berl D-ana’y and the assistant stage manager is Sophia Burton. The producer is Steve Knox.