There is a special place in my heart for high school theatre. Before the "troubles" swept in, the double casts of Roald Dahl's, Matilda, the Musical at Providence High in Burbank worked for months rehearsing two complete casts of principal actors with a huge chorus of singers and dancers. Last Thursday, March 12, 2020, the first cast went up on the Providence stage. Director, Dominic Catrambone with choreographer, Julianne Kusmiercyzk and their cast of thousands mounted one of the most consistently well done shows I've seen in a long time.
I was invited to see this show by the parents of Sasha Camacho, a first year freshman.
In the title role of Matilda, Sasha plays the unappreciated daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood (Adriano Roy and Alexis Shabun).
|Sasha Camacho as Matilda (Photo credit Ben Camaacho)|
The exceptional camaraderie reflected in the professionalism of Thursday's performance was far beyond the many high school productions I've seen over time. These kids never flagged. The principals were spot on.
The sad thing is that the crisis has forced Providence to cancel the final two performances of "Matilda." Fortunately, Providence administrators allowed each cast of principals to do one performance of the show.
Sasha went to the Friday performance to help with the ticket booth for the second show. Thirty minutes before curtain, the girl playing Tommy (Isabel Petty) was unable to perform. Like a trooper, Sasha donned Isabel's costume to go on for her. She learned the part during her character's off stage time!
The Providence administration is hopeful that when the crisis passes, we will all get back to normal and the show may go up again before the end of the school year. Burbank and LA locals please keep your ears open for the new schedule. Highly recommended.
ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA, THE MUSICAL
Book by Dennis Kelly
Music by Tim Minchin
Providence High School
Theatre Arts Department
511 S Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91505
Future performances TBA
Call Providence High School
818 846 8141