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Matthews Playhouse School of Theatre Students Ready to Shine!

Updated: Mar 16, 2023

Plus, Don't Miss our Buy-One-Get-One Free Ticket Offer for The Chocolate War & Miss Nelson is Missing!

It's the most wonderful time of the year at Matthews Playhouse! Our School of Theatre Students have been hard at work all year and are finally ready to bring 2 full weekends of entertainment to local audiences. Please come support these up-and-coming young actors as many of them make their debut on our stage! These shows are not to be missed!

Matilda Jr. March 17th - 19th

Directed by Lakeetha Blakeney & Marissa Hertzfeld

​Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence... and special powers! She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Cast A - Directed by Lakeetha Blakeney

Friday, March 17th @ 7:30pm

Saturday, March 18th @ 10:00am

Eric - Jace Thomas

Tommy - Titus Wong

Amanda - Rosemary Godshall

Bruce - Judah Wong

Lavender - Morgan Ramsay

Alice - Layla Mathes

Hortensia - Evan Jeter

Nigel - Hayden Russo

Matilda - Emma Grace Ballard

Mr. Wormwood - William Tenney

Mrs. Wormwood - Colette Gregory

Michael - Anthony Lacaria

Mrs. Phelps - Gabriella Love

Escapologist - Greysen Moore

Acrobat - Kiara Sepulveda

The Hammer/Cook - Sophia Scialabba

Miss Honey - Madison Baker

Principal Trunchbull - William Clonaris

Mechanic - Greysen Moore

Rudolpho - Landon Putnam

Sergei - Noah Ford

Matilda Classmates - Ellie Boozer, Kiara Sepulveda, Phoebe Orr, Kaia Forbes, Charley Nuckles-Fowler, Elizabeth Shelton, Cecilia Langdon, Josie Sullivan, Reese Ramsay, Danielle

Hurst, Hadley Conklin, Londyn Beasley, Thomas Wood, Noah Ford, Landon Putnam

Cast B - Directed by Marissa Hertzfeld

Saturday, March 18th @ 2:00pm

Sunday, March 19th @ 4:00pm

Matilda Emmaline Davidson,

Matilda’s Thoughts Adeline Bayer, Eleanor Holcman, Brynn Harmon

Miss Honey Olivia Swanson

Trunchbull Clara Haney

Trunchbull 2 Ella Dines

Mr Wormwood Wright Howell

Mrs. Wormwood Audrianna Haydn

Michael Avery Plotkin

Mechanic Noah Yepko

Rudolpho Noah Yepko

Sergei Miles Majinski

Mrs. Phelps Mary Martin

Escapologist Ethan Baysinger

Acrobat Ava Byers

Cook Caroline McQuillan


Erica Charlotte DeJohn

Tammy Anna Hodgson

Bruce Ella Tolbert

Lavender Elli Mae Leyva

Amanda Allie DiCicco

Alice Maddie Ladky

Hortensia Madeleine Ritchie

Nigel Claire Wallace Anderson

Matilda’s Classmates :

Tuuli Ritchie, Annabelle Adamson, Marlee Young, Caroline McQuillan, Bella Rodono, Grace Kaloz, Katie Freeman, Emma Dorval, Michaela Donovan, Hannah Beranek, Jones Howell, Noah Yepko, Avery Robinson, Micah Robinson

*The Chocolate War - March 18th and 19th

Directed by Marisa Becker

Robert Cormier's brilliant novel The Chocolate War is a compelling coming-of-age story about young people in conflict at a New England prep school. The New York Times Book Review called The Chocolate War "masterfully structured and rich in theme. The action is well crafted and suspenseful; complex ideas develop and unfold with clarity."

* Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Saturday, March 18th @ 7:30pm

Sunday, March 19th @ 1:00pm

Jerry Renault Aryana Mitchell

Roland (Goober) Goubert Eva Vila

Brother Leon/Brother Jacques Walker Edwards

Emile Janza/Coach Astro Morris

Bailey/Brian Cochran Jessica Weiss

Obie Lauren Berkley

Carter Maggie White

David Caroni/Frankie Rollo Nicholas Raleigh

Voice (Leader) Jackie Guemmer

Voices (Wonder) Riley Langille

Voice (Cruelty) Malaak Johnson

Zombie Prom- March 24th and 25th

Directed by Maddie Coggin

This girl-loves-ghoul rock 'n' roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders him to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage.

Friday, March 24th @ 7:30pm

Saturday, March 25th @ 2:00pm

Announcer Charlotte Holcman

Candy Breanna Abbott

Coco Sydney Montagna

Darla Darlington Kadyn Swicegood

Eddie Flagrante Eli Halso

Ginger Lola Boulet

Jake Grace McGrath

Jasper Emma Milone

Jeffrey Danielle Golden

Joey Vaughn Spencer

Jonny Warner Jack Mawhinney

Josh Magnolia Godshall

Little Debbie Grace Gozycki

Miss Strict Sophia Jones

Peaches Vera Scarboro

Sheila Nova Gaddy

Toffee Little Elise Yount

Toffee’s Father Graham Norwood

Toffee’s Mother Abby Meyer

Ensemble: Abigail Kassos, Addy Kline, Alexondra Spencer, Ava Pinson, Isabella Forster, Carole Burke, Caroline Rehrer, Dylan Vandergrift, Ella Pietrafesa, Gianna Colasurdo, Grace Krafchek, Izabel Hembree, Jeslyn Watson, Katie Claire, Katilin Healy, Lawson Currier, Lily Parry, Lily Petersen, Olivia Bauschard, Sarah David, Tannyn Marshall, Tyla Montagna, Marissa Rowland

School Dayz- March 25th

A play for very young people written and directed by Matthews Playhouse Education Director, Stefanie Nicholson!

Saturday, March 25th @ 10:00am

Mrs. Walker (Teacher) - Lydia Baumgardner

Bus Driver, Principal Boomer, Coach - Wesley Shupe

“Bus Stop” Emery Ide, Olive Grissom, Lettie Martin, Elise Taylor, Langdon Taylor

“First day of school” Gianna Bogar, Everette Bridenstine, Braelyn Grantham, Josephine Levine, Rachel Ring, Caroline Venker

“Human Body” Sophia Adcock, Gabriela Caraveo, Riley Cermak, Anna Claire Davidson,

Kaylee Harris, Penelope Kunis, Parker Russell, Cora Wilson, Caroline Wysong, Margot Young

“Career Day” Noah Abas, Salma Buzzo, Charlotte Faitoute, Hanna Galligan, Ellie

Kim, Aeliana Luca-Phillips, Emersen Moore, Lucia Orjuela, Aarya Ramanathan, Cordelia Shupe, Ava Wolff,

“Recess”- Brynn Acosta, Ellie Braswell, Arden Eggers, René Fiallo-Betancourt,

Marianna Harmon, Lucy Markle, Mia McDonald, Veda Nevels, Naomi Rogers, Brooklyn Williams

“Last Day of School”- Entire Cast

Miss Nelson Is Missing March 25th and 26th

Directed by Krys Paschen

Miss Nelson can't control her crazy classroom because she's just too nice. But when she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp! With the Big Test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss Nelson and they'll do anything -- including hiring a private eye -- to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back.

Saturday, March 25th @ 7:30pm

Sunday, March 26th @ 2:00pm

Miss Nelson Meg

Miss Swamp Grace

Principal Humleker Nolen

Detective McSmogg Owen

Raymond Sydney, Maddie

Phoebe Julia, Corrine, Antoniyah

George Jorgenson, Jr. Logan, Noah

Lavita Mallory, Bella L, Nadiia

Kimberly Kate, Madison, Bella H

Elvis Sadie

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