LTC opens theater season with mischievous musical, 'Matilda'
The Review, Tidings
Lakewood Theatre Company opens its 67th season with Roald Dahl's "Matilda, the Musical," beginning July 12 and continuing through Aug. 18 at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego.
The magical stage adaptation revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.
The music and lyrics are by Tim Minchin; the book is by Dennis Kelly. The show is directed by Paul Angelo.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with two Wednesday performances at 7:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 14; and shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on select Sundays. Tickets are $39 for adults, $37 for seniors. Call the box office at 503-635-3901 or order online at lakewood-center.org.
The role of Matilda is played by two young actresses, Jorja Reed and Cora Craver. Reed will perform July 12-14, 25-31, Aug. 8-14, and at the matinee Sunday, Aug. 11. Craver will perform July 18-21, Aug. 1-4, 15-18, and at the evening performance Sunday, Aug. 11.
On July 31 and Aug. 14, the theater continues its Wine on Wednesday (WOW) program. For those ages 25-35, tickets are priced at $25 each. One hour before the performance, Owen Roe will host a complimentary wine tasting July 31, and Trail Distilling will host a complimentary vodka tasting on Aug. 14.
About the play
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She is unloved by her cruel parents, the scheming Harry Wormwood (Danielle Valentine) and his ditzy wife, Zinnia (Stephanie Heuston-Willing), who prefer Matilda's boorish older brother Michael (Jackson Wells).
Matilda finds a reprieve in the classroom, where she impresses her schoolteacher, the thoughtful and lovable Miss Honey (Brooke Moltrum). Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize, but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality.
Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth smooth sailing however. The school's headmistress Miss Trunchbull (Andy Lindberg) hates children and loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be her classmates' saving grace.
The cast also features Trishelle Love as librarian Mrs. Phelps; Grant Thackray as Rodolpho; Nathan Dunkin as the Escapologist; Lindsay Reed as the Acrobat; Brock Woolworth as Bruce Bogtrotter, Brian Burger as the Doctor and Jeremy Southard as the children's entertainer. The ensemble includes Essie Bertain, Xander Dean, Mikaela Ochocki, Lana Sage, Troy Sawyer and Jade Tate. The children's ensemble includes Ryleigh Hefflinger, Ava Neudeck, Josie Overstreet, Joceyln Taylor, Phillip Wells, Maya Ye and Max Young.
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