Receive ‘the biggest hug in the world’: SD musical Thursday, Friday

Published 2:54 pm Sunday, January 15, 2023

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Mocksville’s South Davie Drive will be filled by the Smell of Rebellion when the South Davie Tiger Players present Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical JR.”

Based on the beloved book “Matilda” by Dahl and adapted from the award-winning full-length musical, Matilda The Musical JR. tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

“One of my favorite moments early on in the show is when Matilda sings, ‘Even if you are little you can do a lot’. It’s such a powerful reminder for each of us, tall and small, to take ownership in how we can create our reality,” says Melissa Keltner, show director. “Through the process of putting on this musical, these students are doing just that: they are joining together and working hard to create this extraordinary event for our community.

“Our 40 member cast and crew have been working really hard, and are excited to present this show in front of an audience,” says Brenda Mosko, show music director.

The South Davie Tiger Players will present Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical JR. on Jan. 19 & 20 at 6 p.m. in the South Davie Middle School Theatre. Tickets are $10.  For more information, call the school at 336.751.5941.

“Those who attend just may receive the biggest hug in the world, one that even might hug all of the air out of them,” Mosko said.

Matilda (Renna Margaret Welborn), a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers, lives with cruel parents (Bradd Mendoza and Aubrey Vandyke) who find her to be a nuisance, a lousy little worm, and a bore.

When Matilda enters her first term at school, she captures the attention of Miss Honey (Raina Calhoun), a kind teacher, and the two form a wonderful friendship. Unfortunately, the school is ruled by a tempestuous and mean headmistress named Miss Trunchbull (Ethan Diemer), who hates children and delivers cruel and unjust punishments to all her charges.

Matilda is determined to change her story, but will her cleverness and courage be enough to withstand the reign of Miss Trunchbull? Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be the schoolchildren’s’ saving grace.

The show is packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, the directors said.