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PHOTOS: A Look at the Children’s Theatre Company’s Matilda

Sofia Salmela as Matilda in the Children’s Theatre Company production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. Photo by Dan Norman.

In 1988, author Roald Dahl produced a new children’s novel called Matilda. It was more than two decades since the publication of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made him famous in the English-speaking world, a novel that many thought was still Dahl’s best work. Less than thirty years later, however, Matilda wore that crown – frequently cited as one of the best English-language novels for children ever written. And, as you can probably guess, there’s now a musical.

The Children’s Theatre Company production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, as it’s billed, originated with a 2010 premiere by the Royal Shakespeare Company (it’s not just bards there anymore). The next year, the production was revived for a West End transfer in London, where it has continued to play ever since. A Broadway run followed in the spring of 2013, running for more than 1500 performances. The rest, as they say, is history. Here’s a look at the CTC production opening in Minneapolis on Friday, May 3.


China Brickey as Miss Honey, Emily Gunyou Halaas as Miss Trunchbull, and the Ensemble of Matilda the Musical. Photo by Dan Norman.
Much of Matilda the Musical revolves around Matilda, a 5-year-old with telekinesis. Naturally, many scenes take place in school. Photo by Dan Norman.
Emily Gunyou Halaas (right) as Miss Trunchbull with the Ensemble. Photo by Dan Norman.
Dean Holt as Mr. Wormwood and Reed Sigmund as the Mechanic deal with a big green flutterer. Photo by Dan Norman.
The Ensemble in Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical | Photo by Dan Norman.
Autumn Ness and Tony Vierling with the ensemble of the CTC production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical. Photo by Dan Norman.

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