Thursday, September 7, 2023


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Matilda The Musical

Kicks Off At Cannonvale State School Tonight

Hundreds of excited students are busy practicing lines and rehearsing their moves ahead of this evening’s first performance of Matilda Jr the Musical at Cannonvale State School.

An adaption of the Roald Dahl book and multi-award-winning stage performance written by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin, the show will be full of music, dance, fun, laughter and of course many hilarious moments when Mrs Trunchbull’s antics cause chaos.

Saskia Hoey from Year 5 plays the scary principal, Mrs Trunchbull, and says she was thrilled to be given the part after participating in two previous school musicals.

“I am really looking forward to seeing everyone have a good time!” she said.

Willow Hammond, who plays Matilda, says she was surprised to be picked for the main role.

“I love singing and acting so I thought I’d go for one of the mains, but I was so surprised to get Matilda,” said Willow.

“I love being on stage, not just dancing, but acting too.”

The famous cake eating scene features Year 6 student, Cruze Nahas, who plays Bruce.

“It’s been great being part of the musical because I have really conquered my fears, I get really nervous, but I love singing!” he said.

Torben Bradley plays Eric and divulged that he decided to be part of the musical because his sister bet him $50 he wouldn’t get a part as a main.

Delighted to prove her wrong, Torben loves his role where he gets Mrs Trunchbull to drink a newt.

One of the most famous scenes is undoubtedly the moment that Amanda Thrip is swung around by her pigtails.

Mia Berry plays this character and said she loved the whole experience.

“I love the whole thing and practicing with everyone, and all the sets have been amazing,” she said.

“It’s my first time as a main and I love singing!”

Meanwhile, Brodie Lambie from Year 6 plays Nigel, the young boy who gets covered in a blanket of coats.

“I’ve always wanted to be a main and this is the year!” He said.

Willow Thompson is Hortensia and, having watched her three sisters perform in musicals over these years, is thrilled to have an exciting role.

“I love having a microphone and being on stage – it’s really cool!” she said.

Evie Berry from Year 5 plays Lavender and says she loved meeting all the mains.

Charlotte Behnck said her favourite part was spending time with friends and making new friends.

With Director Angel Kanniah at the helm and a sea of other teachers, parents, and volunteers all behind the scenes, the musical is bound to be a huge success.

Willow Hammond plays Matilda and Saskia Hoey plays Mrs Trunchbull in the incredible Matilda Jr the Musical which debuts this evening. Photo credit: Rachael Smith

Willow Hammond, who plays Matilda and Saskia Hoey who plays Mrs Trunchbull, lead the show at Matilda Jr the Musical. Photo credit: Rachael Smith

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