Wantagh Middle School to Stage Musical ‘Matilda’

Wantagh Middle School to Stage Musical ‘Matilda’

Wantagh Middle School’s theater students are ready to showcase their talents for the community with the upcoming musical production of “Matilda." The show, with four performances from March 4-6, is based upon the book by Roald Dahl. 

Sixth grader Hayden Nolan plays the title character. While this is her first show at the middle school, she is already a veteran of the stage with the local children’s theater group at nearby St. Frances de Chantal Church. 

“It’s super exciting because this has been a dream of mine forever,” she said of getting the lead in her school music.

Other leads among the cast of 38 include Nick Lerro as Bruce, Mairead Hill-Hotz as Miss Honey, Marc Walters as Trunchbull and Nick Allen and Becca Bohlert as Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood. An additional 28 students are part of the stage crew.

The students are looking forward to opening night. Mairead said that the cast has become one big family where everyone supports each other. Nick added that he is ready to make the audience laugh with his character, whose funny lines interrupt serious moments.

Musical numbers include “Revolting Children,” “School Song” and “Bruce.”

The show is directed by Dr. Kimberly Davis and Kristin Piciullo, with Dr. Davis also serving as the choreographer. The musical director is Jennifer Alessi and technical design is led by John Vaiano. 

Dr. Davis said she chose “Matilda” as this year’s musical because it is a fun show and the students can relate to the characters, many of which are children. She also said that there is a positive message about celebrating individuality and uniqueness.

Performances are Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m. in the Wantagh High School auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, and are available at www.seatyourself.biz/wantaghms.