Lake Central High School Theatre brings Roald Dahl classic “Matilda” to life in musical form

Lake Central High School Theatre brings Roald Dahl classic “Matilda” to life in musical form
By: Sergio Valdes Last Updated: March 6, 2020

Sometimes it’s okay to drop the Goody Two-Shoes act and be a little bit naughty.

Lake Central High Theatre Company premiered their spring musical, “Matilda” on March 6. Based on the iconic Roald Dahl book, this high-spirited and absolutely hilarious adaptation tells the story of Matilda Wormwood, a young genius who develops telekinetic powers and uses them on her neglectful parents and tyrannical school principal Miss Trunchbull.

“Preparing for this production took lots of rehearsal and effort,” said senior Alex Kohut, who plays the condescending Mr. Wormwood. “But, I have so much fun going out on that stage. It is absolutely worth it.”

Lake Central High School’s version of the story follows Roald Dahl’s original story much more than other adaptations like the 1996 film, which took many creative liberties like altering backstory. However, this musical adaptation retains most of the same themes and ideas that both versions have.

“To prepare for my role, I try to get in the right headspace and focus just on the show with no other distractions,” said senior Nicole South, who portrays the energetic Mrs. Phelps. “I’m super excited to be here tonight, especially since it is my last semester here at Lake Central High School.”

Lake Central Spring Play “Matilda” 2020

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Preparation and rehearsal took months, but the cast and crew were able to put it together through hard work and cooperation. As a result, they put on an impressive show with strong performances, memorable songs and dance numbers, and most importantly, a lot of heart.

“Having conversations and getting to know each other really helped the cast and crew work better together,” said senior Tony Flowers Jr., who plays the charismatic Rudolpho. “Preparing for a role like this requires a lot of energy and positivity, so I’m glad I have them here by my side.”

In addition to a stellar show, all ticket sales go to scholarships for the Theatre students!

“This is a strong story of independence and facing those who oppress others,” said Nicole Raber, assistant director and head of costume and makeup design. “The energy is positive, the excitement is high, and the audience absolutely loves the show which all feeds into the students’ work both on and offstage. It’s a fun opportunity for people to come and share a laugh with the rest of the community.”

Missed out on the first few shows? No worries! There will be one more show March 7 at 7 p.m. For more details about the show, please visit www.lakecentraltheatre.com/our-shows.html.