Roald Dahl’s famous children’s novel, Matilda is hitting the stage in a dazzling performance the Wharton Center.
Matilda, the spunky little girl who captured our hearts on page and screen, is hitting the Wharton stage in the exciting production of Matilda The Musical. The production has won 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards; a record-breaking number. Adapted from the classic children’s novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus. Warchus is assisted by Tony Award winning playwright, Dennis Kelly and Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin for music and lyrics. Other Tony Award winners involved in the production include Rob Howell on costumes and Peter Darling on choreography.
Jennifer Blood, starring as Matilda’s kind-hearted schoolteacher Miss Honey, was not familiar with the children’s book or movie prior to being cast for Matilda The Musical. However, she has always been a fan of Roald Dahl’s work and immediately became inspired by this brilliant story.
“Matilda is definitely my favorite character,” said Blood. “I think even the real Miss Honey would say that.”
Blood is similar to Miss Honey in various ways. She loves kids and being able to make a difference.
“My favorite parts about playing Miss Honey are acting alongside the kids and being able to help Matilda,” she explained. “I really enjoy working with the kids because they are so focused and hardworking. It is inspiring.”
Blood confessed that she can often be hard on herself, much like her character, Miss Honey. Blood acknowledged that it can be difficult to stand up for yourself, and that there are a lot of people who don’t speak up for what is right because they are afraid. She hopes that a message people take away from this show is knowing when and how to speak up for yourself and to do the right thing.
Matilda The Musical is an accurate adaptation of the book, bringing the pages to life. The show is somewhat dark, while staying exciting and upbeat at the same time.
“Matilda loves to read, and the show uses that to turn Matilda into a captivating storyteller,” said Blood.
“My favorite scene to act is the scene where Matilda and Miss Honey are in Miss Honey’s house,” Blood said. “Although, my favorite scene to watch is the school song scene where all the kids are on the playground. There is great singing and incredible dancing. The stage looks magical with all the placements and movements of different props, and there will be several times where the audience will think to themselves, ‘Wow! How did they do that?’”
Matilda The Musical will play at the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall Tuesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 24 as part of a national tour.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at whartoncenter.com, Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office or over the phone at 1-800-WHARTON.
Emily Murray is a senior majoring in professional writing and minoring in public relations. She loves fashion, especially writing about it, and enjoys working with VIM Magazine, CollegeFashionista and keeping up with her own blog, From Me to Hue. Emily is also a member of the MSU Dance Club.