By Ridge HS student Max Rodriguez
BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Students at the award-winning Ridge High School Drama Club rehearse diligently as they prepare to present their spring production of Tim Minchin’s beloved musical, “Matilda” at the Ridge Performing Arts Center in March.
Directed by Martha Harvey, with musical direction by Carol Beadle and choreography by Rachel Miranda and Jennifer DiGiuseppe, “Matilda” is a whimsical and thrilling story about one little girl’s power to change her own story and the stories of all those around her. whose life she touches.
In a world filled with “miracle children”, Matilda Wormwood is treated like the complete opposite. A lover of books and learning, she is indiscriminately tormented by her abusive and obtuse parents. But things only get worse when she arrives at school for the first time where, although she has found comfort in the nurturing and like-minded teacher, Miss Honey, she faces the reign tyrannical director Agatha Trunchbull, a ruthless Olympic-class hammer thrower who believes that all “kids are maggots”. To protect her peers, make things right, and change the course of her life, Matilda learns to stand up for what she believes in.
Filled with thrilling songs, breathtaking choreography and a heartwarming story, “Matilda” is sure to delight the whole family.
To transport audiences from a classroom to a children’s playground to a gargantuan library, Jason Stewart, Dallas Harvey and Bonne Grube led the stage, tech and costume teams to perform dazzling feats of showmanship. scene. They worked tirelessly with their respective student teams to bring the fantastic world of Roald Dahl to life for the public.
This year, the Drama Club again hosted a live orchestra, with students under the direction of Jennifer Curran soaring up the catchy tunes and touching ballads. Another exciting addition is the inclusion of a group of elementary and middle school students in the production playing “little kids.” This district-wide involvement was intended to bring young actors into the magical process of bringing a musical to the PAC stage.
“Matilda” can be enjoyed Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 5 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at the Ridge Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Seating is limited, general admission and all tickets must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, go to ridgepac.bernardsboe.com.