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Kyra Crosby, left, and Sarah Hedrick alternate in the title role of Matilda at the Playhouse through Aug. 18.

Beginning Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m., audiences can revel in the exuberance of childhood and the power of imagination as Cumberland County Playhouse presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical! 

“It is a dream to bring this whimsical, heartwarming, magical show to life on our stage,” said Director Jess Griffin (Madagascar). “Matilda is the perfect family musical, sure to enchant audiences of all ages with its high energy numbers, sharp wit, and empowering message of daring to stand up for what’s right.”

An inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical features a delightfully clever script and brilliantly inventive songs, all delivered by an impressive company of seasoned Playhouse professionals and an amazing group of multi-talented rising young stars. Matilda (Kyra Crosby, Madagascar, Sarah Hedrick, Annie) is a girl of astonishing wit and intelligence. Unloved by her parents (Britt Hancock, Bright Star, and Leila Jones, The Little Mermaid) and ignored by her brother (Cory Clark, The Old Man and the Old Moon), she bonds with a kind-hearted librarian (Weslie Webster, Sweeney Todd) and her schoolteacher, the loveable Miss Honey (Larren Woodward, Holiday Inn), over the course of her first school term. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, though: the school’s headmistress, Miss Trunchbull (Jason Ross, Red, White & Tuna), hates children and delights in dreaming up new punishments for students who disobey the rules.

Matilda’s classmates are played by Maggie Cook, Madelyn Hedrick, Luke Patton, Kylan Ritchie, Luke Smith, Tori Smith, Shelton Tison, Kendall Walker and Altair Zentgraf. But even in the face of Miss Trunchbull’s seemingly unstoppable villainy, Matilda’s courage and cleverness save the day and teach her fellow students that everyone has the power to change their story!The Music Director for Matildais Ron Murphy; the show’s Choreographer is Leila Jones. 

Matilda The Musical runs through August 18, is rated PG and is co-sponsored by Fairfield Glade Resort, FirstBank and Comfort Suites/Hampton Inn. Tickets can be purchased online at ccplayhouse.com or by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 931-484-5000.

Currently at the Playhouse: Bright Star on the Mainstage through June 6, rated PG and co-sponsored by Witt Financial Group and ProMortgage; Jason Ross and Patty Payne in Red, White & Tuna in the Adventure Theater through August 8, rated PG and sponsored by Holiday Inn Express and Suites. 

Upcoming: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on the Mainstage, July 19 through September 5, rated G and co-sponsored by Plateau Pediatrics and Crossville Tile Outlet Store. All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Playhouse media sponsor The Crossville Chronicle, and Playhouse Season Partners Plateau Pediatrics and Tim and Susan Tewalt.