‘Matilda: The Musical’ at FLT
Show based on Dahl novel to open on Friday
Broadway’s biggest little hero will take to the local stage beginning Friday as the Florence Little Theatre’s production of Matilda: the Musical opens its eight-day run.
Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl and directed by Frankie Sullivan, the show will hold performances through Sept. 21. Tickets are $30 for adult, $25 ages 62 and over, and $18 for students and children.
Recommended for ages six and over, the show runs approximately two and a half hours.
The show centers around Matilda, an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and vivid imagination, dares to take a stand and change her destiny. She is a genius born into a less brilliant family. Her dad is a car salesman with a few scruples loose and her mom is an amateur ballroom dancer who values looks over books—not a great match for a girl who reads Dostoyevsky in the original Russian.
Things only get worse for Matilda when her parents send her to school at the ghastly Crunchem Hall where she meets the tyrannical headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Faced with these ridiculously rotten circumstances, Matilda bravely decides to take action with the help of her friends and her kind-hearted teacher, Miss Honey proving that everyone has the power to change their story.
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers.
She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her school teacher, the highly lovable Miss Honey. 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, 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 show is underwritten by Quality Service Company and Daikin.