Red Mountain Theatre Company’s latest show, Matilda The Musical, has hit the stage of the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater and is thrilling Birmingham audiences. This is a high-energy, hilarious comedy with great acting and unbelievable singing talents. There’s still time to catch the Tony Award-winning musical based on Roald Dahl’s classic book. Hurry! It closes August 4. Director Michael Flowers gave us an inside look at the response. Keep reading to find out how to WIN TICKETS. Use discount code Matilda7 to save $7 on level 1 or 2) now.
Matilda The Musical
Matilda (Ramsay Whitney) playing a prank on her mean spirited father (Photo by Stewart Edmonds)
This latest Red Mountain Theatre Company show centres around Matilda Wormwood, a very special 5 year old with mesmerizing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She faces the challenges of her unloving parents and her school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.
However, she meets a friend in her schoolteacher, Miss Honey. Over time, Miss Honey and she have a positive effect on each other’s lives and Matilda is recognized for her extraordinary personality.
Read Bham Now’s review of Matilda The Musical described as “an unbelievably funny and heartwarming show on par with anything I’d expect to see on Broadway or at London’s West End!”
Showtimes at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater are Wed. – Sat. at 7.30pm and Tue.,Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm.
Matilda director Michael Flowers ‘amazed’ by the performances of the cast and Birmingham audience reaction.
Matilda The Musical director, Michael Flowers (Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now)
I caught up with director Michael Flowers to find out how the opening weekend of Matilda The Musical went.
Bham Now: How has the audience reacted to Matilda The Musical?
Michael Flowers: They have been overwhelmingly positive! Matilda is perhaps not a show a lot of people will be familiar with in terms of a musical. But this means the audience is in for lots of wonderful surprises in terms of the story, songs and the visual production. People have really enjoyed it and responded well throughout the opening performances which has been amazing.
Bham Now: I’ve seen the show and thought the production is fantastic! It was also fun how the cast talk and sing in British accents throughout, in keeping with Roald Dahl’s original story. Tell us more about that.
Michael Flowers: The scale of this show is huge which makes it a complicated production. There’s just so much going on! The set and prop design calls on the cast and crew to manipulate a lot of things on stage to get the story to flow well – there’s always things moving.
The British accents took a lot of work and we had a dialect coach. We wanted to strike a balance to be as authentic as possible to the story while recognizing that most of the audience would not be as familiar with the dialect. We wanted to make it clear so people can understand what is happening. On the basis of audience reaction I think we really achieve that.
Bham Now: How have the cast performed?
Michael Flowers: I have been amazed by the performance of the young cast in the show -especially the Matilda’s (a role shared by Ramsey Whitney and Emma Sonnicshen). A lot is asked of them and they’ve really delivered, both in rehearsal and in performance. I’m very proud of them and extremely impressed.
I’m also really proud of the adult performances. Caleb Clark’s performance as Miss Trunchbull is nothing short of remarkable, as is that of The Wormwoods played by Elise Mayfield and David Strickland. They provide a perfect blend between being absurd and really mean at the same time. We know they’re the ‘bad guys’ but we recognize how ridiculous they are. They’ve done a great job striking a balance with the wonderfully nice performances of Miss Honey and Mrs. Phelps, played by Bonny Baker and Toy Matthews.
Bham Now has a pair of tickets to give away valid for any of the remaining shows (Price Level 2). Want to be in it to win it?
All you need to do is visit our Facebook giveaway HERE. Like the post, tag a friend you’d like to take with you and we’ll be announcing the winner at 9am on Tuesday, July 30.
Get your tickets for Matilda The Musical while you still can!
Matilda The Musical showtimes are: Wed. – Sat. at 7.30pm and Tues., Wed., Sat., and Sun. At 2pm. Tickets start at $20.