Revolting Children

By Rebecca McDowell

“Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.” (MTIShows.com)

Matilda is a smart, witty, precocious little girl who uses her psychokinetic powers to deal with her cruel parents, who would rather spend their days on selfish pursuits than doting on their daughter. Miss Honey, the loveable, gentle teacher, and Matilda develop a relationship that eventually has a life-changing effect on both of them. However, Miss Trunchbull, the school’s creepy headmistress who hates children, makes sure to thwart Matilda’s happiness at every turn. Can Matilda lead her peers to overcome the masochistic Trunchbull while finding peace in her own life? Catch these revolting children on stage at the Crighton Theatre this month to find out!

Samantha Kerne, age 9, portrays the spunky Matilda. This is Samantha’s third CYT production, and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon! She shines on stage and she’s excited to bring Matilda to life for the audience.

Appearing in his final production with CYT Houston, D’Artangnan Elliot is pleased to finally be playing a woman, an absolutely horrible, nasty Trunchbull of a woman! D’artangnan has portrayed Billy in Anything Goes, fake Santa in Elf, Jr., and Cosmo in Singin’ in the Rain, to name a few of his 15 roles with CYT. While he will head to college this fall, he’ll visit his CYT family as often as he can.

A senior at College Park High School, this is Zachary Bricken’s first CYT production, but fifteenth show overall. Some favorite credits include Shrek: The Musical (Lord Farquaad) and Charlotte’s Web (Wilbur). Zachary plays Matilda’s dad, Mr. Wormwood alongside Maddie Reid’s Mrs. Wormwood. Maddie is 17 years old and has been seen on the Crighton stage numerous times, including portraying Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Kala, Tarzan’s mother ape, in Disney’s Tarzan: The Broadway Musical, and Emily Hobbs in Elf, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood are pretty terrible people, and Zachary and Maddie do an outstanding job bringing these awful people to life, even though neither actor’s personality even slightly resembles the Wormwoods’!

Sixteen-year-old Maddie Driver portrays the precious Miss Honey, showing off her impressive vocal chops in songs like “When I Grow Up”, which is sure to bring the audience to tears. Maddie is a student at Klein Collins High School where she also participates in theater.

A few more of the sixty-three actors rounding out the cast are first-time CYTers Mary Hoke (12) and Mikyla McRae (13), and outgoing old-timers Jacob Campbell (19) and Hudson Railey (19), fresh off their artistic team debuts in Legacy FOIL’s Annie, Jr. at the Owen Theater. Jacob choreographed the young cast, while Hudson took charge as assistant director. Both young men will be missed at CYT, but are headed toward very successful futures.

Performances of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical are May 24-26, at the historic Crighton Theatre in beautiful downtown Conroe, Texas. Visit our website at CYTHouston.org to purchase tickets now!