PHOTOS: Look at MATILDA THE MUSICAL Cast in Action; Show Runs Now Thru 22 Mar 2020
"One of the things you will learn from watching Matilda is that we all have the power - inside of us - to make the world a better place. If we say or do something that's not right, you make a change. And that change may come from one person, in this case, a young girl." - Natalie Gilhome, resident director
Manila, Philippines - When Matilda The Musical premiered at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End in 2011, The Guardian gave it five stars and described it as "anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty, and an ingenious musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel of the same name." About nine years after, now a beloved musical for all ages, Matilda The Musical finally opened at The Theatre at Solaire in Manila for a limited three-week engagement.
Winner of over 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards, Matilda The Musical tells the story of an extraordinary five-year-old schoolgirl who dreams of a better life away from her dysfunctional family. Gifted with above-average intelligence and a one-time telekinetic power, Matilda takes a stand - never hunkering down - and forges her destiny.
"Matilda The Musical is one of those shows where you'll leave the theatre singing the tunes, and you'll think about it for days; you'll think about the characters, and you'll be glad that Matilda did what she did," said Haley Flaherty, who plays Miss Honey, Matilda's school teacher.
"There's also a lot of magic in the show. And to see Matilda on stage, who is the strongest character in the show, you'll leave the theatre thinking, "Yeah, she did good; the girl did good," she added.
The principal cast of Matilda The Musical includes Claire Taylor (Mrs. Wormwood), Nompumelelo Mayiyane (Mrs. Phelps), Stephen Jubber (Mr. Wormwood), Haley Flaherty (Miss Honey), Hayden Tee (Miss Trunchbull), and the three child actors alternating as Matilda: Sofia Poston, Zara Yazbek Polito, and Zoe Modlinne.
Also in the cast are Matthew Leck (Bruce), Jaxon Cohen (Bruce), Caleb Payne (Eric), Daniel Abrahams (Eric), Kent Jeycocke (Rudolpho), Rafe Watts (Doctor/Escapologist), Logan Timbre (Sergei/Balloon Man), Weslee Lauder (Sergei/Balloon Man), Rachel Moran (Acrobat), Taylor Salgado (Lavender), Jamie Kaye (Tommy/Michael), Megan Saayman (Henrietta), Sinead Donnely (Hortensia), Zac Gabriel Werb (Nigel), Londiwe Dhlomo, Adrianna Patlaszynska, Aaron Jenkins, Emily Squibb, Michael Gardiner, Carlo McFarlane, Ipeleng Merafe, and Jonathan Raath.
Matilda The Musical, the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, features the book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Some of its songs that pack an extra punch include "When I Grow Up," "Revolting Children," and "Naughty."
The creative team also has Ellen Kane, worldwide associate choreographer; Jeanie O'Hare, commissioning dramaturg; Ben Davies, associate set designer; Chris Hirst, associate lighting designer; Tony Gayle associate sound designer; Helen Keane, wigs and makeup supervisor; Sharon Williams, costume supervisor, Will Burton CDG, UK casting director; Michael Fatica and Gemma Fuller, assistant choreographers; Joseph Pitcher, associate director; Alan Berry, associate musical director; Simon Baker, sound designer; Hugh Vanstone, lighting designer; Paul Kieve, illusion designer; Christopher Nightingale, orchestration and additional music director; Rob Howell, set and costume designer; Peter Darling, choreographer, and Matthew Warchus, director.
Presented by GWB Entertainment, along with GMG Productions & Virtus Live, Matilda The Musical runs now through 22 March 2020 at The Theatre at Solaire in Paranaque City.
Photos: Oliver Oliveros
A scene from Matilda The Musical
A scene from Matilda The Musical