through June 26, 2022
The musical version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda has hit the stage at Atlanta Lyric Theatre in Marietta. With music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, this large scale show is directed by Bethany Irby with a cast of more than 30 players, most of whom are young folks. Choreographed by Kari Twyman with music directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan the actors move energetically through all 22 numbers in two acts.
Young Marissa Bondurant comes on as the young genius Matilda, and Brandy Bell is her favorite teacher, Ms. Honey. And Timothy Ellis comes on as that nasty principal, Trunchbull. This is one where if you have read the book and recall the story line you will dive in faster and deeper as to how Matilda finds out she has telekinesis that she can put to use, and many other talents.
If you unaware of the story and the characters, it may be a bit harder to grasp it all, as the songs are often sung in choral fashion and always at full volume. The kids loved every scene, while the adults most often took their clues from the them. It is a usual Lyric production in that the costumes, set, dance and songs are top quality and what is so special is that so many young teens are playing full tilt.
Lyric has free parking, plenty of goodies, and every seat has good view. This is a great one to introduce a youngster to theatre. More info and tickets at AtlantaLyricTheatre.com