‘Matilda the Mu­si­cal’ brings beloved story to lo­cal au­di­ences

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Stock­ton Civic Theatre is proud to present “Matilda the Mu­si­cal,” a mag­i­cal romp that will thrill adults and chil­dren alike with catchy songs and high en­ergy dance num­bers.

Based on the beloved chil­dren’s novel by Roald Dahl, “Matilda the Mu­si­cal” is the story of a pre­co­cious young girl who over­comes the dys­func­tional fam­ily who don’t un­der­stand her and her school’s cruel head­mistress. Armed with a vivid imag­i­na­tion and the power of telekine­sis, Matilda boldly changes her destiny with the help of a lov­ing teacher, Miss Honey.

The role of Matilda is played by two ex­cep­tional young ac­tresses who will trade off play­ing the role each week­end. Alexia Cuevas and Ruby James are new to Stock­ton Civic Theatre and have been work­ing hard to pre­pare for their shared role.

Au­di­ences will also see some fa­mil­iar young per­form­ers in this pro­duc­tion, with many of the chil­dren’s roles played by par­tic­i­pants of the SCT Ju­nior Pro­gram.

Among the adults in the cast, SCT vet­eran Cole Bryant will be play­ing the

pet­ri­fy­ing Ms. Trunch­bull, tra­di­tion­ally played by a male ac­tor. Bryant is fa­mil­iar with for­mi­da­ble fe­male roles, hav­ing por­trayed another “holy ter­ror” as Ms. An­drews, the stern for­mer nanny of Mr. Banks in Stock­ton Civic

Theatre’s 2016 pro­duc­tion of “Mary Pop­pins.” Car­lie Buchanan ap­pears as the timid but kind Miss Honey, and Alex Fri­etas and Jessie Fraser play Mr. and Mrs. Worm­wood, Matilda’s loud and brain­less par­ents.

There will be an opening night re­cep­tion on Fri­day, Nov. 15 with food gen­er­ously do­nated by Yosemite Meat Mar­ket and com­pli­men­tary cham­pagne.

Stock­ton Civic Theatre’s first show, Thorn­ton Wilder’s “Our Town,” was per­formed at Madi­son School Au­di­to­rium in 1951. By 1962, Stock­ton Civic Theatre had bought the old Zion Lutheran Church and turned it into a 197-seat theatre, which it soon out­grew.

Stock­ton Civic Theatre’s new venue opened in 1980 with “Chap­ter Two.” Now in its 69th sea­son, Stock­ton Civic Theatre has pre­sented 408 main­stage pro­duc­tions.

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Ruby E. James, left, and Alexia Cuevas share the role of Matilda in Stock­ton Civic Theatre’s new­est pro­duc­tion, “Matilda the Mu­si­cal,” based on the beloved chil­dren’s novel by Roald Dahl.

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