Matilda the Musical Junior

Date 9th September 2021
Society The Young Performers
Venue The DuchessTheatre, Long Eaton
Type of Production Musical
Director Zak Charlesworth
Choreographer Vicky Byrne

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Author: Keith Scott-Savage

As the words of one of the songs “When I Grow Up” tell us, this is Roald Dahl`s story of Matilda.  A girl unloved by her parents, and picked on by the school`s nasty headmistress, she overcomes her situation with courage, intelligence and psychokinetic powers, much to the delight of her fellow pupils.

Avaani Babra, as the precocious Matilda, was excellent, playing with confidence in all aspects of her performance, a really classy display.

James Pedrick as the child-hating Miss Trunchball, gave a loud rousing portrayal and there was good support from Ella Charlesworth as the sympathetic brow-beaten Miss Honey.  Other good roles were played by Emily Wilkins and Heidi Parsons as Matilda`s parents, Mr and Mrs Wormwood.  I really liked Isobel Pickering in the cameo role of Bruce, a difficult role delivered with confidence and clarity.

The young cast gave their all throughout, and energy and verve in the dance routines deserved great credit, as shown by a most appreciative audience.

With a very effective use of box flats, and well costumed, this was a good evening`s entertainment.  Zak and Vicky have achieved a successful production in only a few weeks of the company`s summer school.