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Highland brings ‘Matilda the Musical’ for Summerset 48 to the stage

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical in white with a blue outline over a purple back ground. Book by Dennis Kelly and Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin appear under the logo.

Highland Community College is excited to bring to the stage the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical” for Summerset 48. Production dates for “Matilda the Musical” are June 22, 23, 24, 29, and 30, and July 1 at 7:30 p.m. There is a matinee at 3 p.m. on July 2 in the Fine Arts Theatre in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center located at 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

“Matilda the Musical” is a captivating and inspiring story of a little girl with big dreams of a better life. With the book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, the production has won 47 international awards and continues to excite audiences of all ages around the world.

“We are excited to produce ‘Matilda the Musical’ at Highland,” said Laura Early, Director, and Theatre Arts Instructor. “Matilda’s story of overcoming obstacles and creating a better life will inspire the entire family. Matilda finds the safety and respect she deserves.”

Early adds, “Matilda, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, is a wonderful musical about a young girl leaving her grim present towards a hopeful future. The score is both moving and lively.”

Summerset is a collaboration of the theatre and music departments at Highland Community College.

The cast list is:

Matilda Wormwood played by Gemma Musser, Freeport

Miss Agatha Trunchbull played by Joy Hotchkiss, Freeport

Miss Honey played by Davida Sanders, Freeport

Mr. Wormwood played by Jeff DeLay, Freeport

Mrs. Wormwood played by Joy DeLay, Freeport

Michael Wormwood played by Luke Wilson, Lena

Bruce played by James Wilson, Lena

Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (60 and older), and $10 for students and children. Purchase tickets at the box office in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center on Highland’s campus, or by calling 815-599-3718. Tickets will also be available for a half-hour before each performance in the lobby.