With world events as they are, everyone could learn from the young character that author Roald Dahl put to the page in the late 1980s. We could also use some of her magic.
That wish will soon come true when Center Stage Performing Arts Academy’s Lights of Broadway brings Matilda the Musical to the stage for three performances Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7.
The performance of Matilda will be the first time the musical theatre troupe has been at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre since staging Mamma Mia in 2019.
“We are so happy that live theatre is back. It’s important to support local arts and artists after a three-year hiatus. We love the support from our community and there’s been a lot of effort put in by our cast and crew. It will be a great way to spend Mother’s Day weekend,” sayid Lights of Broadway founder Charity Van Gameren, who co-directs Matilda with Sarah Mori Jones.
The cast has also spent a good part of the past year rehearsing during restrictions.
“It’s been different since COVID. We spent the first half of the year in masks and then taking the masks off was a bit of a learning curve because we had to remember that now everyone can see our full facial expressions,” said May Stanley, who plays Miss Honey.
Jenna Romailler, who plays Trunchbull, is excited to perform maskless.
“I’ve definitely found it easier to do more of the difficult songs and the more difficult parts of acting without the mask especially just being able to emote more and to breathe while singing. Wearing a mask was hard for that.”
Matilda takes the stage May 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and May 7 for a matinée at 2 p.m. Call 250-549-SHOW (7469) or order online at ticketseller.ca.
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