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West End Players to present ‘Matilda’

IRON RIVER — The West End Players have announced the premiere of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical,” playing Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at the Windsor Center in Iron River.
    The show starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and $30 for families of four persons or more. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance at the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance.
    The Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical is inspired by the 1988 children’s novel by British author Roald Dahl, also known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, among others. The musical features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. It received seven Olivier Awards in 2012, including Best New Musical, and five Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Book of a Musical.
    The show tells the story of Matilda Wormwood, a little girl with a terrible home life and a thirst for knowledge. She also has psychokinetic powers and can move things with her mind. She is unloved by her selfish parents, but finds acceptance from her teacher, Miss Honey. At school, she must face the school’s cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who hates children and loves thinking up new punishments for them. Using her intelligence and her powers, Matilda helps her teacher, her fellow students and even herself find happiness.
    Jason Mattson is directing the show, joined by assistant director Abigail Garcia. Others on the production team include Jeanine Garcia who is making her choreographic debut, Nancy Cheney as music director and Abby Miller as vocal coach.
    The show stars Rory Jacobson as Matilda, with Benjamin Garcia playing the headmistress Miss Trunchbull and Abby Miller played the teacher Miss Honey. Also joining the cast is Josh Miskell playing Matilda’s father Mr. Wormwood and Lily Hodges as Mrs. Wormwood.
    Attendees are advised this production features strobe lighting effects.