4. Everyone loves a good kids vs. adult story.
“Matilda doesn’t come from a good family. They treat her pretty poorly, so you like to see the kids win in this show. And when the kids rise up against The Wormwoods and The Trunchbull, you can’t help but cheer for them.”—Lorianne Dunn
5. SLT has to somehow create the Chokey—the punishment cupboard lined with sharp objects that The Trunchbull uses on unruly kids. Yikes!
“While you never actually see the Chokey you know it’s there—somewhere, ready to eat its next victim. I think imagination is better than the actual set piece.”—Beth Domann
6. This show will require a bit of magic to pull off.
“There are some tricks in this show that we have to figure out. One boy has to eat an entire chocolate cake while on stage, plus we have to actually recreate Matilda’s telekinesis. On top of that, I really don’t know how we’re going to throw a little girl by her braids or make one boy’s ears stretch.”—Lorianne Dunn
7. Missouri State University student Emma Puerta makes her debut in this show.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Emma as our Miss Honey. She embodies all the beauty and niceness of the character.”—Beth Domann
8. The set design is unreal.
“There are floating letters that fly all around the stage. Matilda’s imagination is so vast, so the set crew is already busy figuring out how to make this happen.”—Lorianne Dunn
9. Mrs. Wormwood is kind of a monster, but her dance moves are spot on.
“Zoe is hysterical as Mrs. Wormwood and she’s got the moves!”—Beth Domann
10. The kids find all sorts of creative ways to get back at The Trunchbull, and we can all leave with some new ideas of how to get even.
“One of my favorite things about this show is how it exemplifies empowering children, plus Matilda shows them they can stand up to a bully. This is a good lesson for any age, actually.”—Beth Domann