Sugar Land’s national award-winning community theatre, Inspiration Stage, is excited to be the first theatre to present Matilda JR., with four shows Oct. 12 – 14 at the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr.
In cooperation with and at the special invitation of iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI), Inspiration Stage will cooperatively develop, produce, and present the junior adaptation and worldwide premier of Roald Dahl’s Matilda JR.
iTheatrics adapts main stage Broadway musicals so they can be performed by kids in school and after-school settings. They create these adaptations for a distinguished list of clients, including MTI, one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies. Through the pilot process, Inspiration Stage’s reimagining of this new Matilda JR. adaptation will eventually be available for all theatres to license in the future.
Based on Roald Dahl’s Tony-award winning hit musical, Matilda JR. is the fantastical story of a precocious five-year-old prodigy with telekinesis, who faces an uncaring home and overbearing school headmistress, while befriending her maternal and supportive young teacher. The pilot features talented youth from the Sugar Land, Ft. Bend County and Houston areas.
“You can see it in Sugar Land first!” says Mandy Seymore-Sensat, Inspiration Stage’s artistic director. “We’re thrilled to have been chosen as the first theatre in the world to develop and produce Matilda JR. This is a huge honor and so exciting for our talented youth actors and staff. Inspiration Stage audiences are very lucky to have the opportunity to see this new and original adaptation, cast with the area’s best young talent.”
Eleven-year-old Megan Marlowe, a Thornton Middle School sixth grader in Sienna Plantation, is excited to be playing the title role of Matilda.
“This is one of my all-time favorite shows, because of Matilda’s mischievous personality and odd sense of humor, and the shows amazing set and choreography. Each and every character’s complex personality truly makes this show unlike any other,” Marlowe says. “I am so grateful for this opportunity to play Matilda in the worldwide premier of the junior version of the musical.”