WHS presents: "Matilda, the Musical"

WHS students rehearse “Matilda, the Musical.”

WASILLA — Wasilla High School drama students unveiled their local adaptation of “Matilda, the Musical” to students from three Valley schools Thursday, Nov. 7.

The show will go on through this weekend and the next for the general public.

“It’s a really fun show. I think everybody will love it,” WHS choir and piano teacher Sara Guhl said.

Guhl is the musical director with longtime VPA member Grant Olson directing.

“Matilda, the Musical” draws from Roald Dahl’s classic novel and the 1996 film adaption starring Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman.

“It’s pretty entertaining,” Guhl said.

The story follows an intellectually gifted young girl named Matilda Wormwood and how she deals with her crude and unsupportive parents. Things get worse when she meets Agatha Trunchbull, the evil principal at her new school. She discovers that she has telekinetic powers and starts to fight back against her mean parents and rescue her friends from Trunchbull’s tyranny.

About 28 students, including band members and stage crew, are involved in the play, according to Guhl. The cast and crew features students of from all grade levels. She said they’ve been rehearsing since September.

The student actors got to perform a test run in front of visiting students from Wasilla Middle School, Teeland Middle School and Sherrod Elementary. Guhl said her students were excited to finally perform in front of a live audience.

“When you get an audience, it really brightens their day. Because, you know they’ve been doing it for so long with no reactions and it just really adds a lot of energy to have that audience there,” Guhl said.

Guhl said that she’s done a musical at the school each year since she started in 2010. She said that overall participation has grown over the years.

“The kids love it… they would like to do two every year,” Guhl said.

“Matilda, the Musical” is open to the public. General admission is $10, it’s $7 for students and seniors and children under five are free.

Shows run on Nov. 8, 9, 14 and 15. All shows will be at the WHS Theater and begin at 7 p.m.

“I highly recommend it for families. We even have a family a family price,” Guhl said.

There is a $25 family package deal. It doesn’t matter how big the family is.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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