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Strough, Denti schools to present ‘Matilda The Musical JR.’

Posted 5/13/22

ROME — The Strough Middle School and Louis V. Denti Elementary School have come together and will present Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical JR.” on May 19-21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Strough …

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Strough, Denti schools to present ‘Matilda The Musical JR.’


ROME — The Strough Middle School and Louis V. Denti Elementary School have come together and will present Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical JR.” on May 19 to 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Strough Auditorium.

All tickets are general admission and only available at the door. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and are also available in a family bundle for $10. Tickets will go on sale at 5:45 p.m. each night and doors will open then as well. Tickets can be purchased with cash or checks made out to the “Strough Drama Club.”

“Rome’s streets will be filled by the smell of rebellion when Strough Middle School and Louis V. Denti Elementary School present Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda The Musical JR,’” according to an announcement by district officials.

Based on the book “Matilda” by Roald Dahl and adapted from the award-winning full-length musical, the production features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

The show “tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny,” the announcement adds.

“Matilda, a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers, lives with cruel parents who find her to be a nuisance, a lousy little worm, and a bore. When Matilda enters her first term at school, she captures the attention of Miss Honey, a kind teacher, and the two form a wonderful friendship. Unfortunately, the school is ruled by a tempestuous and mean headmistress named Miss Trunchbull, who hates children and delivers cruel and unjust punishments to all her charges,” the announcement said.

“Matilda is determined to change her story, but will her cleverness and courage be enough to withstand the reign of Miss Trunchbull?” it adds.

The Strough/Denti production features the following student actors:

-Lily Riolo as Matilda Wormwood;

-Janai Haden as Agatha Trunchbull;

-Rayanna Paul as Miss Honey;

-Riley Mucitelli as Mr. Wormwood;

-Tatum Butler as Mrs. Wormwood;

-Adrien House as Michael Wormwood;

-Wesley Tucker as Bruce;

-Ella Vescio as Lavender;

-Emmett Newton as Nigel;

-Molly Colmey as Amanda Thripp;

-Ryan Bush as Eric;

-Ashton Lewthwaite as Tommy;

-Madeline Knamm as Hortensia;

-Jocelyn Gannon as Alice;

-Judilyn Newman as Mrs. Phelps;

-Izabelle Kotary as Escapologist;

-Brooke Sutton as Acrobat;

-Steven Light as Rudolpho;

-Brennan Lopez as Sergei.

The ensemble includes: Ella Abdou, Adeena Adnan, Arianna Baker, Jayna Blanchard, Eli Black, Honesty Bowes, Addison Burkhart, Johanna Burkhart, Alexandra Capasso, Camryn Clark, Hannah Ciotti, Piper Clements, Guiliana Crever, Capricia Damiano, Julianna Deeley, Skyla Del Valle, Alonna DiCastro-Hawkins, Dominic DiPaolo, Clairese Frankey, Kaylup Greene, Claire Hecox-Larrabee, Lillian Hallenbeck, Rachel Horowitz,Kendra Hoyt, Grace Knopka, Emma LaBarbera, Ethan Makuch, Breeanna Norris, Desaraya Outten, Taniyah Outten, Alexis Pape, Emilia Perez, Evelyn Roux, Grace Sabia, Brooklynn Saunders, Kathryn Secor, Kayedyn Secor, Kasey Sorrell, Elias Stroich, Kendra Sullivan, Jason Tucker, and Alora Woodlan.

The stage crew and set design crew include: Keira Bellman, Charoline Berrios, Sophie Curry, J’La Daniels, M’Lyna Daniels, Arin DiPasqua, Rylie Ford, Colten Fountain, Joanna Hampe, Eria Hunley, Jose Heredia, Sophia Kirkham, Felicity McCormick, Louisa Morgan, Bailey Pfeiffer, Emma Pickett, Sayris Rivera, Alexis Rowe, Ace Sorrell, Caroline Stoltz, Say Thaw, Gabriella Tracy, and Shania Westcott.

Lighting/sound design crew includes: Albert Bangs, MSgt. (Ret.) Della Pray, Tre Coleman, Aidan Goodwin, Rachel Shalna, James Wilburn, and Dwayne Womack.

For more information on the show, visit the event page on Facebook. 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International 423 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019, 212-541-4684,


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