Matilda Bully!

Deena Jones
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Mattbrain
Broadway Legend
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Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/23/14 at 09:29pm
Oh my indeed! o.O
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Matt1
Stand-by
joined:5/10/13
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/23/14 at 09:31pm
If this is true, it is very wrong, but as a former child actor, directors yell all the time and are not always very kind, even to children. I kind of wish for the children's sake this writer did not use specific names.
Mattbrain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/23/05
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/23/14 at 09:33pm
It's still no excuse to lose your ****e like that at cast members. Of any age.
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bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/23/14 at 09:36pm
Michael Riedel's headline about "tormenting" the children seems a little much to me.
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
delongpre
Understudy
joined:12/12/12
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/23/14 at 09:59pm
When animals are used they need to have a rep from the Humane society. Why don't they have someone from Child Protective Services on every stage show with kids?

Updated On: 1/23/14 at 09:59 PM
winston89
Broadway Legend
joined:6/18/06
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/23/14 at 10:01pm
Keep in mind that The Post is only slightly a notch above those tabloids you see at grocery store checkout lines. It's owned by Rupert Murdoch, the same idiot who owns Fox News Network, so that should give you a sign of how unreliable it is in terms of credibility. In short, it's a total rag.

And, on top of that, I find Riedel to be unreliable for two reasons. One, is that his track record in terms of being right is 50/50. For every story he gets right, I can easily think of one or two stories where he gets his facts wrong. And, furthermore, it's not his paper has any prestige to it. You wouldn't see this sort of thing in a Pulitzer Prize winning paper like The New York Times, simply because The Times is above a poorly run theatre gossip column.

And, delongpre, I think you're missing the point on what Child Protective Services does. They don't deal with kids in a work environment. Nor could they really.
"If you try to shag my husband while I am still alive, I will shove the art of motorcycle maintenance up your rancid little Cu**. That's a good dear" Tom Stoppard's Rock N Roll
Updated On: 1/23/14 at 10:01 PM
PalJoey
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/04
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/23/14 at 10:13pm
When animals are used they need to have a rep from the Humane society. Why don't they have someone from Child Protective Services on every stage show with kids?

Even better. Just let the Humane Society deal with it!
yr pal,
joey




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disneybroadwayfan22
Broadway Star
joined:2/10/13
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/23/14 at 11:30pm
That's so ironic. I just read this!

Like Matt said, there's no excuse to scream at kids like that. Yes, they're professionals, but they're 12. They don't know any better
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

Met Idina Menzel & Sierra Boggess (November 2013)
Mattbrain
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joined:11/23/05
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/23/14 at 11:43pm
The theater I used to work at, whenever something wasn't right vocally with someone and the problem wasn't getting resolved, the music director would just go off at the entire cast. And I hated it.

Of course, it wasn't just because it was verbal abuse, it was also 'cuz it was his fault for okaying the casting of people who just could not sing!

But still, the excuse was, "He gets frustrated because he wants the best out of people." To which I say, there' wanting the best out of people and then there's straight up verbal abuse.

And he's still working there.

I only hope that this is Riedel spreading lies and being a ****-stirrer. 'Cuz every time I watch Lesli Margherita's backstage blogs on Broadway.com, it really looks like those kids are having the time of their lives! I would hate to think things are going so badly for them.
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Updated On: 1/23/14 at 11:43 PM
Tag
Broadway Legend
joined:11/19/05
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/23/14 at 11:54pm
Unfortunately, the child wrangler will be the one who loses in this situation. So sad, because she's probably telling the truth. Reidel shouldn't have named her.
RW3
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 12:01am
If there was video evidence, that could be damning as well.
HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 12:59am
If you go by the producers' statement, it sounds like the issue has been resolved. If it's making its way into Riedel's hands now, it perhaps suggests that someone connected with the production wasn't satisfied with that resolution. And if Riedel's exaggerating on either front -- I know, heaven forbid Riedel stretches the truth -- he's really playing with professional artists' reputations. Nothing new there, I suppose.

Oh, and DISNEYBROADWAYFAN22? No, it's actually not, quote, "ironic" that you were just reading the regular Broadway gossip column in the NY Post and then happened to see a thread about that very article on a Broadway themed messageboard.
jdrye222
Featured Actor
joined:5/28/11
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 01:40am
I think this is probably a true story, as a lot of theater people simply do not know how to deal with kids.
However, unless this wrangler were the "leak" that sent the info to Reidel, he should not have named her. The way this goes -- she will never be hired again. And I wouldn't be surprised to hear if she is let go for some "other reason".
Tag
Broadway Legend
joined:11/19/05
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 01:53am
^Exactly.

She'll be gone and the associate director will be back in rehearsals. Everyone is always too afraid to call out the creatives on their treatment of cast AND crew for fear of reprisal. 'Creatives can do no wrong' it seems.
best12bars
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/05
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 06:36am
I can't believe he printed her name, but on the other hand, those involved would know who the child wrangler is on "Matilda" and could easily figure out her identity.

Even if the AD is reprimanded or fired for his bullying, I think this will come back on the wrangler as a "tattler," and it could cost her future work.

EDIT: And the reason there is a rep from the Humane Society for animals is because they can't speak for themselves, unlike humans.
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Updated On: 1/24/14 at 06:36 AM
winston89
Broadway Legend
joined:6/18/06
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 08:52am
I think that naming the child wrangler was sloppy journalism at its worst.

Besty, you're right. Those who are in the know would know who she is regardless of if she was named or not. I think that that is a natural reaction from the story being printed in the post. However, I think that it's totally different ball of wax to actually name her. I feel that by doing so that was sloppy on Riedel's part.

"If you try to shag my husband while I am still alive, I will shove the art of motorcycle maintenance up your rancid little Cu**. That's a good dear" Tom Stoppard's Rock N Roll
morosco
Broadway Legend
joined:7/10/04
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 09:03am
I wish someone at Matilda would bully the sound designer. The worst sound I've heard at a Broadway show in many years.
Mattbrain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/23/05
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 09:09am
At the risk of sounding Helen Lovejoy-esque, I really hope the kids come out ok in all of this.
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Wickedmonkey332
Stand-by
joined:5/2/13
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 09:19am
Very surprised to hear this considering how tirelessly Dir. Matthew Warchus works to protect the children. (Not allowed to stage door, very tight contracts) He makes sure that the experience doesn't take over the children's lives, so I can't beleive he would let them be bullied like this!
Patash
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joined:5/27/08
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 10:04am
I've heard of animal wranglers in the business, but "child wrangler" was a new term to me! Can I hire one to accompany me to restaurants and on airline flights?
Theater'sBestFriend
Featured Actor
joined:3/5/13
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 10:27am
I'm curious about a few things. In no particular order:

1. If the wrangler didn't hear what the Associate Director was saying, how does anyone know that's why the children were crying? Was another cause ruled out?

2. Did anyone else ask the children themselves why they were crying, to corroborate the wrangler's perception?

3. How exactly was the crying handled when it was noticed? Is there a protocol? Was it followed?

4. The article suggests that many parents also thought the Associate Director made their children cry, but that only the wrangler spoke up. That makes it seem as though the wrangler cares about and is willing to protect the children more than their parents. Why were no parents quoted in the article for balanced perspective, even anonymously if necessary?

5. Does Actors' Equity have a role in following up on these questions? Why were they not quoted in the article?

6. If the children were afraid of retribution, and the article is writing to protect them from abuse and as potential sources for follow-up, why were two mentioned by name in the article?

It seems to me that any serious consideration of this story would have to include these issues. Otherwise, it seems like rumor-mongering that is hardly worth dwelling on.
Rainbowhigh23
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/12
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 10:33am
When animals are used they need to have a rep from the Humane society. Why don't they have someone from Child Protective Services on every stage show with kids?

Even better. Just let the Humane Society deal with it!


They just may be called in!

In 1874 Henry Bergh of the NYSPCA was instrumental in saving the life of poor Mary Ellen Hughes - "Ms. Wheeler located several neighbors who were willing to testify to the mistreatment of the child and brought written documentation to Mr. Bergh. At a subsequent court hearing, Mr. Bergh stated that his action was “that of a human citizen,” clarifying that he was not acting in his official capacity as president of the NYSPCA. He emphasized that he was “determined within the framework of the law to prevent the frequent cruelties practiced on children” (Mary Ellen, April 10, 1976, p. 8 in Watkins, 1990)."



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Updated On: 1/24/14 at 10:33 AM
best12bars
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/05
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 10:37am
"Child wrangling" has been going on for at least two decades, to my knowledge.

Probably longer than that. My guess is it's been going on "unofficially" since children were first on stage. "Officially" (and as a job) for a good long while, still.

The thing that's stupid about publishing this is that these are very serious "alleged" accusations. They could cost both parties their jobs and potential future employment. It could even end up in a slander or libel lawsuit. All he did was add fuel to the fire.

Even if the "wrangler" has parents willing to go on record, this may hurt her career. Then again, she's not the one who went public with the accusations.

Good ol' Riedel did. Such a class act.
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morosco
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Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 10:48am
If these kids were in a rehearsal then there was a stage manager present who would have witnessed any wrongdoing and hopefully that stage manager would be responsible enough to report abusive behavior to Actors Equity. From the production contract:

Neither the Producer, nor any personnel under the Producer's supervision or control, shall intentionally intimidate, harass or humiliate any Actor at any time, including, but not limited to, all communications to Actors in connection with artistic notes. However, it is understood that there is no intent to interfere with the original Director's or original Choreographer's ability to critique Actors in connection with artistic notes.
GlindatheGood22
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joined:7/17/07
Matilda Bully!
Posted: 1/24/14 at 11:28am
I am deeply skeptical, considering it's Riedel. I don't doubt that over the course of rehearsals children have gotten yelled at, but I think he's vamping on the Trunchbull comparison a little bit too eagerly. No one should humiliate kids, and if it's been happening at the Shubert then the person responsible should have to answer for it. My guess is he's just an idiot who doesn't know how to work with children.
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Updated On: 1/24/14 at 11:28 AM

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