Germantown, Tennessee--July 1, 2019--
If you are looking for some unique family fun this weekend or next, consider making a trip to Playhouse on the Square where you can watch three young GMSD students performing in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical
. Rising Riverdale 7th grader Liz Dell’Oro plays Amanda
is portrayed by Houston Middle 8th grader Sarah Johnson and Noah Mahintorabi, a 5th grade student at Dogwood, will make his Playhouse debut playing Eric
“My character Eric is one of the school boys in Ms. Honey’s class with Matilda. It’s been an exciting experience and I’ve learned a lot,” said Noah on the experience. We asked him if he had any advice for other young GMSD performers who were thinking about participating in professional theater. “It’s important to believe in yourself,” he shared.
Based on the Roald Dahl novel of the same name, Matilda is an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind whose talents are constantly belittled by her cruel parents and hostile headmistress, the wicked Miss Trunchbull. Reclusive, but with an ever-growing imagination and sharp mind, Matilda dreams of a better life – and proves that no matter your age you have the power to control your own destiny.
Published in 1988 by British writer Roald Dahl, Matilda was ranked number 30 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal in 2012. It was the first of four books by Dahl among the Top 100, more than any other writer. Worldwide sales have reached 17 million, and since 2016, sales have spiked to the extent that it outsells Dahl's other works. Matilda was adapted into a 1996 feature film starring Mara Wilson and in 2010, The Royal Shakespeare Company commissioned a new musical version of the book that has performed in the United Kingdom, Australia, and on Broadway.
Behind the Scenes: Sarah Johnson, Noah Mahintorabi, and Liz Dell'Oro take a GMSD group photo backstage at Playhouse on the Square.
Performances will run Thursday and Friday, 7:00 pm curtain. Saturday and Saturday Matinees have a 2:00 pm curtain. For tickets, call the Box Office at (901) 726-4656 or visit our website www.playhouseonthesquare.org. Follow with social media using #NAUGHTY901. Group rates available.
For questions and booking, please contact Playhouse on the Square Director of Community Relations, Marcus Cox (901) 937-6496.