MCT Presents: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

The Missoula Community Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, April 27-May 14 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Matilda was originally scheduled to be the finale of the 2019-2020 season; the music had been learned and rehearsals were underway until everything was shut down due to the Covid pandemic.  MCT has been working ever since to find the right time to bring this internationally acclaimed production to the stage–that time has arrived!

There’s a saying that ‘anticipation does not lessen delight’ which held true when nearly 150 children and adults attended the open audition for Matilda in February. The creative team is made up of co-Directors Joseph Martinez and Rosie Seitz Ayers; Music Director, Arielle Nachtigal and Choreographer, Paisley Thornton. The show runs for three weeks, so Martinez decided to cast two young actors to share the responsibility of carrying the title role.  Alternating performances throughout the run are Julianna Heintz (11) and Vaida Hoffman (10).  Both are making their Missoula Community Theatre debut, along with 24 other cast members out of the 42 total onstage actors. Two actors will reprise their 2020 roles; Frances Connery (Miss Honey) and Jarrett Heintz (the Doctor). Jarrett Heintz is the real-life father of one of the Matildas (Julianna), making this a true ‘family show.’

Based on the 1988 novel by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach), Matilda the Musical (Rated PG) is a Tony Award-winning show with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and book by Dennis Kelly.  Matilda Wormwood, a young, precocious girl lives with abusive parents (played by Reese Sheldahl and Jadi Curtis) and endures the cruel headmistress of her school, Miss Trunchbull (Scoob Decker). Matilda’s love of books and the kindness of Miss Honey helps her escape unhappiness. Roald Dahl’s wildly-creative imagination provides a series of whirlwind, fantastical events, with Matilda discovering she possesses telekinetic power (a hypothetical ability to influence external objects or events without the use of physical energy), including using it dye her father’s hair (“Naughty”) among other, well, naughty tricks.  She and her classmates rebel against Miss Trunchbull (“Revolting Children”), share their hopes for a better future (“When I Grow Up”) and eventually Matilda receives justice and happiness.  There’s so much to unpack into this show with a compelling story, lively dance numbers and incredible music, about which Martinez comments “The thrill of hearing these young cast members belt out the songs is overwhelming. Many times, I’ve thought the actors were listening to the original cast recording, when in fact, I walked into the room, and it was our cast doing the singing!”  Music Theatre International, from whom MCT receives the rights, calls Matilda “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.”

Performances are Thursday, April 27-Sunday, May 14, 2023. Tickets are available at, by calling (406) 728-7529 (PLAY) or at the MCT Box Office, from Noon to 5PM, M-F. (*Thursday, April 27 is MCT Premiere Night, with special ticket pricing and reception; details on the website). A content advisory about this PG-rated production can be found on the MCT website. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is a production of the Missoula Community Theatre and is sponsored by Stockman Bank and PayneWest Insurance.