I would like to thank my friend Anne Rittenberry for sharing this information about the upcoming summer play at the Signal Mountain Playhouse. If you’ve never been to one of these rooms, GO NOW! This remarkable organization, SMPH, was established in 1972 to provide activities for children during the summer, and it has continued to grow ever since. The Summer Play usually takes place every weekend in July and is produced in an outdoor theater under mature shade trees. Oh, there’s also a full orchestra. Go back in time in July, let yourself be enchanted by a spectacular and professional production.
“Playwright Roald Dahl is known for his whimsical take on life and reality, with his hits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which premiered at the Playhouse as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 2017, and James and the Giant Peach. His Matilda the Musical is no exception, delivering fun and fantasy.The Signal Mountain Playhouse is pleased to return to Dahl’s work with this beautiful story of spunky little girl Matilda, who learns at the library and comes out on top of some questionable situations, sometimes calling upon his powers of telekinesis.
“The show will take place at the Playhouse on the corner of Rolling Way and James Boulevard on Fridays and Saturdays in July, July 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30. The curtain is at 8 p.m. and tickets in sale at 6 p.m. for those wishing to purchase tickets and place their lawn chairs early. The amphitheater is terraced with rocks and lawn chairs are recommended for comfort.) Tickets are $5 for children 12 and under and $15 for 13 and over – cash or check only please.
“Starring Matilda will be Bea Burbank, a remarkably talented newcomer described elsewhere in these pages. Matilda’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, are Roger Cass, who brought the role of Albert in ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ from last summer to dynamic and newcomer Valerie Duke. As Matilda’s brother Michael will be Eden Lewis; as Trunchbull, the principal of the hammer throwing school, will be Dani Clark, who played the Albert’s overbearing mother in “Birdie” last summer. Miss Honey will be played by Maddie Meier, a longtime Playhouse favorite and recent graduate of the Chattanooga State Theater Program; as the “young” Miss Honey will be Alayna Stewart, Ms. Phelps will be played by veteran Playhouse actress Janet McInturff, Rudolpho and the Escapologist will be Nathaniel Gee, and veteran gamer Cole McClain will play the children’s entertainer. star and a set for children e t adults.
“The production team includes professionals Garry Posey as director; Mike Lees as musical director; Lindsay Fussell as choreographer; Nicholas Hartline as Playhouse bandleader; and Marcia Smith as The Playhouse is delighted with this wonderful staff.
“Songs from the show include Miracle by the company, Naughty, Revolting Children by Matilda, the iconic When I Grow Up, Bruce, The Hammer by Trunchbull, My House by Miss Honey, Loud by Mrs. Wormwood, and many more. others.
“Concessions will be available, as well as porta-potties. The Playhouse is disabled friendly with parking on the grounds for those with the sticker and a specially adapted porta-potty available. Disabled people must remove the orange cones on Rolling Way, drive in, then replace the cones.
“For more information on Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda the Musical,’ visit smph.org; the Signal Mountain Playhouse page on Facebook; call 763-7219; or go to [email protected]”
By Anne Rittenberry
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Ferris Robinson is the author of three children’s books, ‘The Queen Who Banished the Bugs’, ‘The Queen Who Accidentally Banished the Birds’ and ‘Call Me Arthropod’ in his pollinator series. “Making Arrangements” is her first novel. “Dogs and Love – Stories of Fidelity” is a collection of true stories about man’s best friend. His website is ferrisrobinson.com and you can download a free pollinator poster there. She is the editor of The Lookout Mountain Mirror and The Signal Mountain Mirror.