(WEST ORANGE, NJ) — Pleasant Valley Productions presents Roald Dahl’s Mathilde the musical July 15-16 and July 22-23 – nightly at 8:00 p.m. – at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center in West Orange. The production is directed by Elizabeth Rogers, the music directed by Daniel Mullen and choreographed by Nicole Boscarino. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take some photos.
Matilda is a little girl with an amazing mind, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She is not liked by her cruel parents but impresses her teacher, the very kind Miss Honey. During her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins to not only recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. However, Matilda’s school life isn’t quite smooth – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and loves to invent new punishments for those who don’t follow her rules. But Matilda has equal parts courage and intelligence and could be the schoolboy’s saving grace!
The cast (in alphabetical order) – Emma-Rylie Casper, Dominic Crisonino, Juliana Curcio, Sarah Decker, Marissa Gabrielson, Selina Ghosh, Elizabeth Gillen, Susan Hagen, Fabian Hattem, Cory Herbert, Frank James, Andrew Kapferer, Natalie Kapferer, Ana Knezevic, Richard Leit, Cassandra Lindeblad, Sean Lynch-Littlejohn, Vin Macri, Sherry Mayce, Emerson Meakem, Danielle Meola Valencia, Grace Pages, Cristina Patrao, Evie Reyes, Noelle Santosuosso, David Simon and Marissa Tufaro.
General admission is $10.00 and available at the door, which opens at 7:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. Food concessions are available at each performance.
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Mathilde the musical is a musical based on the 1988 children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. The play features a book by Dennis Kelly; music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The musical had its Broadway premiere at the Shubert Theater on April 11, 2013. It won 5 Tony Awards that year.
Here are some more photos of the build.
The Oskar Schindler Center for the Performing Arts is located at 4 Boland Drive in West Orange, New Jersey.
Pleasant Valley Productions (“PVP”) was established in 2012 as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit community theater company. Based in West Essex County, they observed that their region of New Jersey lacked theater companies that focused on mentoring local youth in the technical and administrative aspects, as well as the artistic aspects of production. theatrical. Keeping this in mind, their goals are to produce quality productions, to mentor the development of young people in the technical, administrative and artistic roles of a theater and to develop new works and provide a platform for their expression.
ALL PHOTOS BY JOHN POSADA – If your theater company would like John Posada to cover your plays, contact New Jersey Stage at [email protected] He took photos during live performances and dress rehearsals.