Matilda is a classic book, and later movie, that most young kids grew up with. Whether you watched the movie or read the book once or 100 times, you'll remember the scene of Miss. Trunchbull spinning around the little girl in the school yard. It's an iconic moment where we discover Matilda is a special and intelligent little girl with a heart of gold who cares about everyone and shows more compassion than most adults do. Like in the film and in the book before it, the scene wows as it takes life on stage in the wonderful new theatrical production.
Matilda runs through March 28th through April 2nd at the orpheum theatre and is a must see for audiences of all ages.
My new favorite character, Harry Wormwood, was perfectly played by Matt Harrington. He had such an interesting character to play and really jumped into the character full throttle. Other than the goofy scenes with Mr. Wormwood my favorite part of the show was the dance numbers, they were always so fun and full of energy. What really made the show for me was the life that the actors and actresses brought to the stage. It seemed like they were having a lot of fun which really resonated with me, then again how could you not be having fun scootering around a stage while singing. Another thing that caught my eye a lot was how they incorporated the set into the dance numbers and scenes.
This set was unlike any I've seen. It was quirky, intricate, and colorful, what else would you expect from a musical based on story from the imagination of Roald Dahl though? Another part of this show that brilliantly brought to life the vision of Roald Dahl was the incredible costuming, each costume was mismatched to perfection and really added to the overall impact of the story.
Something that was displayed in this show that I have never seen before was their use of animation. Whenever Matilda would tell her stories in the library the animation mesmerized me. During the big scene where the wife tightropes and the scene is projected onto the backdrop completely drew me in. It tryky brought to life the magic of theatre.
Throughout the show, two messages were heard loud and clear. One message was to be kind. No matter what you're going through there's someone that has it worse than you. Matilda thought everything going on with her family decided to take the time and help Miss. Honey.
What goes around comes around was the second message portrayed through the story. Matilda gave kindness and got kindness and a happy ending in return, Miss. Trunchbull gave bitterness and cruelty and got bitterness and the ending she deserved. I learned that no matter what you should always give out kindness because you'll end up getting it back in the end one way or another.
Matilda is a heartwarming and fun show, full of energy and life, as measured by the vibrant reactions of the audience filled with young children and the young-at-heart. With its strong production value, inspiring message, young spirit and theatrical magic this is a show that should attract audiences of all ages, as it's perfect for anyone looking for a fun time at the theater.