Samara McDonald stars as Matilda, a child with an extraordinary imagination, in ‘Matilda the Musical’, currently showing at the Waterfront Playhouse. LARRY BLACKBURN / Weekly Keys

The award-winning musical “Matilda” opens at the Waterfront Playhouse on Thursday, January 13 and will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through January 29.

Inspired by the twisted genius of author Roald Dahl, who penned ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the Tony Award-winning ‘Matilda the Musical’ revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of the imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. “Matilda” has won 47 international awards and continues to delight audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with an amazing mind, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She is disliked by her cruel parents, but impresses her teacher, the very kind Miss Honey. During her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins to not only recognize, but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality.

However, Matilda’s school life isn’t quite smooth – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and loves to invent new punishments for those who don’t follow her rules. But Matilda has equal parts courage and intelligence, and could be the students’ saving grace.

The show features high-energy dance numbers, vibrant music, and dazzling sets and costumes.

Directed by Tom Thayer, choreography by Penny Leto, Lauren Thompson and Joshua Lawson, technical direction by Michael Boyer, lighting design by Kim Hanson, music direction by Nancy 3 Hoffman, sound design by Ben Pegg, stage management by Trish Manley and costumes designed per Costume World, the major cast includes: Samara MacDonald as Matilda, David Black as the evil Miss Trunchbull, Jessica Miano Kruel as Miss Honey, Lauren Thompson and Mathias Maloff as Matilda’s parents , Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, Barbara Mundy as Librarian Mrs. Phelps, Joshua Lawson as Rudolpho and HonahLeigh McConnell, Isabella Hunter, Ashlyn Picco, Sutton Sayer, Juliana Strunk, Dianna Holliman, Zyaire Allen, Phineas Haskell, Julien Gehin, Arthur Crocker, Ervin Tumm, James Harcup, Angelina Diaz, Mia Cawvey, Jillian Todd, and Heather May Sloan as students, parents, and ensemble.

Waterfront Playhouse COVID Policies:

  • Masks are required at the Waterfront Playhouse and are available at the box office. Please note: artists are not required to wear a mask during the show.
  • Each customer must present written proof of a negative COVID-19 test that is less than 72 hours old. Evidence of a negative test within 72 hours will be waived for any customer who voluntarily presents written evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • For questions, call the box office at 305-294-5015.