SYNOPSIS

Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company (“RSC”) and is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

The daughter of abusive parents, Matilda finds refuge in library books, which she reads quickly and in creating her own stories. Things are no better at school, where Matilda also must face a tyrannical and cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who believes in Crunchem Hall’s motto: “Bambinatum est Magitum,” or “Children are Maggots.” She finds companionship in her teacher, Miss Honey, though well-intentioned, is shy and fragile. Brave little Matilda knows she has to stand up against the adults in her world, and in doing so, discovers her own remarkable powers. Matilda’s bravery teaches Miss Honey and her classmates an important lesson — “even though you’re little you can do a lot” and that even though life can be hard, “nobody but me is gonna change my story.”


AUDITIONS: Sunday, August 7th, 10am-1pm and 6-8pm
CALLBACKS: Saturday, August 13th, 6-8pm
REHEARSALS BEGIN: August 22nd
SHOW DATES: November 11-13 & 18-20, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 3pm
AUDITION & THEATER ADDRESS: 883 NJ-34, Matawan, NJ

Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music in the key you are singing and be prepared to dance. You may also be asked to read sides from the show. 

If you are not able to attend in person, video submissions will be accepted until midnight on Saturday, August 6th. Please send to [email protected].

We are looking to cast kids 10-12, Teens, and Adults. All parts are open. We encourage all ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and gender expressions to audition! A headshot and resume is helpful but not required. A British accent for readings will also be encouraged.


CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

MISS TRUNCHBULL (Male or Female)

Headmistress of Crunchem Hall Primary School. Miss Honey’s Aunt. Once a famous athlete, she is described as a “gigantic Holy terror”, a “fierce tyrannical monster” who “marches like a storm trooper with long arms swinging” with an “aura of menace”.

Age: Adult
Vocal: High baritone with a strong F sharp. Extremely good enunciation and vocal dexterity.
Dance: Ribbon Dance and potentially something acrobatic like a cartwheel


MISS HONEY (Female)

A mild, quiet person who never raises her voice and seldom seems to smile – yet possesses the rare gift of being adored by every small child under her care. She should have a curious warmth that is almost tangible.

Age: Adult
Vocal:  Soprano up to Bb, with a strong and solid belt up to D. Lyrical pure sounding voice. Could even have a slightly folksy quality.
Dance: Loud and Miracle


MR WORMWOOD (Male)

A dealer in second-hand cars – “a mean crooked crook” – with a penchant for wearing jackets with large, brightly coloured checks. Should ideally be a clown and could have an ex-punkish rocker voice.

Age: Adult
Vocal: Top A (negotiable!) To f#


MRS WORMWOOD (Female)

Mother of Michael and Matilda, and the wife of Mr Wormwood. She is obsessed with her amateur Ballroom dancing partner and her looks. Like her husband she thinks very little of Matilda’s unique abilities and often berates her. She is as loud in her makeup and dress sense as she is in her voice – must have strong comedy.

Age: Adult
Vocal:  Really strong belt voice, with matching vocal stamina. Up to top F/G – with higher ad libs.
Dance: Strong understanding of movement


MRS PHELPS (Female)

Warm and nurturing local librarian who encourages Matilda’s love of reading. She has an inner peace.

Age: Adult
Vocal:  Accomplished singer
Dance: Basic movement skills. Could also appear as a parent in Miracle.


RUDOLPHO (Male) / MALE ENSEMBLE 

Mrs Wormwood’s dance partner. Should be genuinely fit and athletic. Should have a flare for character comedy, and have great vocal and dance stamina for the number ‘Loud’.

Age: Teen-Adult
Vocal: High baritone with consistent Fs with passing top A 
Dance: Very strong dancer. Latin ballroom is an advantage.
NOTE: If needed, could also be an ensemble/role during the show 


MICHAEL WORMWOOD (Male) / MALE ENSEMBLE 

Must be able to fully participate in all ensemble vocal and dance numbers and also to play the Wormwood’s monosyllabic son. Needs good deadpan comedy and the ability to find a character during a lot of stage time with few words.

Age:  Teens – 20s
Vocal: Accomplished singer.
Dance Physically fit and strong mover.
NOTE: This role has few spoken words. Could also be ensemble.


TEACHER / DOCTOR (male or female)

Age: Adult
Vocal: High tenor with a comfortable top A. Rock quality. 
Dance: Strong dance track. Salsa.
NOTE; Could also be an ensemble/minor role track during the show 


ESCAPOLOGIST (male)

Age: Adult
Vocal: High lyric baritone. 
Dance: Yes
NOTE:  Could also be ensemble/minor role.  


MIDWIFE / ACROBAT / (female)

A strong all round ensemble performer.

Age: Teen-Adult
Dance: Strong dance 
NOTE; This is an ensemble/minor role during the show 


SERGEI  / MALE ENSEMBLE 

Russian Mafia Boss who is physically intimidating, with a Russian accent.

Age: Teen-Adult
Vocal: Rich Baritone.
Dance: Could also play parent in Miracle and potentially older student/ensemble


ENSEMBLE / MECHANIC / COOK / PARENTS / MAFIA / OLDER STUDENTS (male or female)

Age: Teen-Adult
Vocal: Mixed 
Dance: Strong movement and dance a plus


CHILDREN CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Matilda

  • 10-12 years of age / needs to look young
  • Strong singer and speaker. Good understanding of text and intelligent approach to acting. Matilda should look like the runt of the litter, she is not well turned out, rather damaged and weak from a working-class background.
  • Matilda is a complicated and fiercely clever child, living in an abusive household she escapes into books and her imagination.

Bruce

  • 10-12 years of age / Needs to look young
  • His vocal range needs to be wide and strong with a pop edge
  • Comedic actor needed for this role who is also a great dancer and singer. he has some great scenes especially when he is forced to eat a whole chocolate cake by Miss Trunchbull

Lavender

  • 10-12 years of age
  • Matilda’s best friend
  • Acting ability. Funny. Good dance. Strong singing.

Amanda Thripp

  • 10-12 years of age
  • Student
  • Amanda is in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong hairstyle. Although she will be an important ensemble role, she is also featured in one important scene, it’s the moment when Lavender and Matilda see the Trunchbull in the flesh for the first time, and learn what the monstrous headmistress is really capable of. Amanda makes the mistake of wearing pretty braids that show off her hair to school.

Nigel

  • 10-12 years of age / Student
  • Vocal stamina for spoken dialogue. Strong dance ability. Strong vocal ability.
  • The smart and brave little boy who’s the one to spell “cat” on the first day. Apart from Matilda, he might be the bravest of all the kids in the class, and one of the liveliest. 

Eric

  • 10-12 years of age / Student
  • He is pretty brave. He brings the Trunchbull’s wrath on himself by stepping up and asking her if she was ever a little kid, too. Not the smartest thing Eric’s ever done, and he pays for it, too. When he gets one of the Trunchbull’s questions wrong, she picks him up by the ears and waves him around. 

Alice

  • 10-12 years of age / Student
  • Strong and Bold

Hortensia

  • 10-12 years of age / Student
  • Feisty.  Strong dance and vocal ability.

Tommy

  • 10-12 years of age / Student
  • Strong dance and vocal ability.

* NOTE: Parents must be able to bring and stay with their child 13 & under for all rehearsals.


SPOTLIGHT PLAYERS PRODUCTION STAFF FOR MATILDA THE MUSICAL:

Producer:  Frank Rosano
Co-Directors: Christine deSimas & Joe Zehnder
Music Director: Sam Levine
Choreographer: Emily Rosano

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