Matilda, A Musical!

March 6th, 2011 by

WARNING! This blog entry contains spoilers for Roald Dahl’s delightful masterpiece, Matilda. If you haven’t read it yet, go read it now! (And then return to ASAP!)

So, if you have read Matilda, then you’ve undoubtedly imagined yourself in Matilda’s shoes — her awesome, psychokinetic, eye-power-yielding shoes! But before she discovered her secret superpower, Matilda was just a quiet, smart, little girl who loved to read and didn’t fit in with her family. Matilda was like every other student at her school, Crunchem Hall — terrified of headmistress Miss Agatha Trunchbull. So what would you do if Miss Agatha Trunchbull sniffed you out in a classroom, leaned over your desk, and started… singing?

That’s what would happen if you were part of Matilda, A Musical! Commissioned by the uber-famous Royal Shakespeare Company, the play in two acts includes songs like:

“Pathetic” (Miss Honey)
“The Chokey Chant” (The Company)
“Bruce” (Children)
“Quiet” (Matilda)
“The Smell of Rebellion” (Miss Trunchbull and Children)
“Revolting Children” (Children)

Matilda was played by three girls about YOUR age who alternated performances. I wonder if the kid who played Bruce got to had to eat a lot of chocolate cake?

The musical ran in England from November 2009 to January 2011, but never fear! Rumor has it that it’ll be appearing on Broadway in the United States! (I certainly hope so!)

Check out this trailer (the voice presumably belongs to the scary Miss Trunchbull) that we discovered on School Library Journal and the official website.

— Nancy

As a kid, Nancy tried many times to move things with her mind by staring at them for a long time, but always just ended up with bugged-out eyeballs.

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Today is Roald Dahl Day!

September 13th, 2009 by

The BFG character is actually based on Roald Dahl himself... Can you see the resemblence?

The BFG character is based on Roald Dahl himself... See a resemblance?

Today is the birth date of one of my favorite authors, Roald Dahl. He was born September 13, 1916 and lived a long 74 years, during which he wrote many wonderful stories for kids and adults.

In last week’s podcast, Karen and I talk the how we’re going to celebrate Roald Dahl Month in “code.” Based on what we’ll be doing, can you guess which Roald Dahl books we’re celebrating?

Nancy: Eat a peach and take a nap!
Karen: Wear purple contact lenses and eat a whole bunch of candy!

Alright, tired of guessing? Highlight here:
[Nancy: James and the Giant Peach and The BFG]
[Karen: The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory]

Let us know in the comments what your “code” celebration is. We’ll try to figure out your Roald Dahl book!