‘Matilda’ musical comes to BPA stage

Bainbridge Performing Arts will present Roald Dahl’s “Matilda: The Musical” from Friday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 22.

This magical story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny is based on Dahl’s beloved book.

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, “Matilda” is a joyous girl power romp.

Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Director Ken Michel’s BPA directing credits include “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “Big Fish,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Full Monty,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Shrek,” “Avenue Q,” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

Associate director Adam Othman’s recent directing credits include “Peter and the Starcatcher” and the upcoming “Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at the Driftwood Players, and “Tarzan” at the Kitsap Forest Theater.

Musical director Josh Anderson is BPA’s former resident music director, and his past BPA credits are numerous.

Together, they leads a cast filled with returning favorites and intriguing newcomers, including Olivia Juarez (as Matilda), Justin Wayne Lynn, Molly Hall, Jason Gingold, Kayla Teel, Sadie Gingold, Elizabeth Dangelo, Olivia Opalski, Evelyn Cantwell, Willow Erdman, Charlie Philips, Hugo Gustafson, Alexandria Douthart, Sophia Marchinek, Olive Watson, Dolly Courtway, Ryan P O’Donnell, Matt Bergonzine, James Sgambati, Stefanie Van Rafelghem, Robert Craighead, Michelle Abad, Anna Vizzare, Justin Silver, Maddy Garfunkel, and Amanda Stevenson.

Evening shows are 7:30 p.m. Fridays; early matinees 2 p.m. Saturdays; and matinees 3 p.m. Sundays.

The show’s run includes a special pay-what-you-can preview performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and the opening night reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

Tickets, $29 for adults, $24 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569, or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North)

First Saturday Teen Tickets are $5 each on the first Saturday of the run.

BPA box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

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