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Tryon Summer Youth Theater presents “Matilda the Musical” 

Tryon Little Theater and Tryon Fine Arts Center, together with the Tryon Summer Youth Theater, are proud to present Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical”.  The show runs from Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center.  


Based on the 1988 children’s novel by Roald Dahl, it was adapted for the stage by Dennis Kellywith music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. This production is directed by Chris Tinkler, with musical direction by Pam McNeil and choreographby Missy Fincher. Betty Brewer is the producer. 


The lead role of Matilda is played by Ariana Wood. Miss Agatha Turnbull is portrayed by Zeke Smith, and Miss Jennifer Honey by Maggie CollinsMr. and Mrs. Wormwood are played by Liam Daniels and Ellie Booth, with Henrick Meng playing their son, Michael. Maggie Johnson is Mrs. Phelps, Eli Aldrich is Bruce Bogtrotter and Ella Tokar is Lavender. 


Playing Matilda’s classmates are Ellie Baughman, Roman Darity, Alexis Falcetti, Joseph Corda, Evangeline Petoia and Adrian Perez. The cook is Kristan Reedy, Rylee Barwell is Sasha/Sergei, and playing the henchmen are Raven Henson, Timon Görgey and Malia Robinette. The acrobat is Madison Wise, Dylan Twitty plays the Doctor, Kai Görgey is Rudolpho the salsa dancer and Cameron Shaw is the Escapologist. 


Rounding out the show’s cast are the talented kids in the ensemble: Eva Perez, Makenzie Jolley, Louisa Wood, Hayleigh Shaw, Lauren Winterrowd, Leni Görgey, Madison Sparks-Trumble and Sophia Perez. 


Since 2016, Tryon Little Theater and TFAC have collaborated on the Summer Youth Show, which has been a rite of passage for local kids since 1970 when Brewer was the musical director. She has been involved with every production ever since, and many parents who were in the earlier shows are now watching their own children carry on the tradition. The entire production is staged without costing the young actors a cent – through grants from the Polk County Community Foundation, ticket sales, and the generous support of donors and sponsors. 


Tickets are available at www.tltinfo.org or by calling the box office at 828-859-2466. 


Submitted by Monica Jones