By Cailyn Kennedy

Matilda The Musical is taking to the Turner Stage in the Briley Auditorium at Lenoir Community College from July 14 through 16 and July 21 through 23. The musical is based on the 1988 novel Matilda by Roald Dahl. The musical’s narrative centers on Matilda Wormwood, a precocious 5-year-old with the gift of telekinesis. She loves reading, has a vivid imagination, overcomes obstacles caused by her un-loving family and cruel headmistress, and helps her teacher reclaim her life.

The show is directed by Lenoir Community College’s Fine Arts Chair and Music instructor Jessica Cruz, and it is one of many that will be a part of the performing arts series at the College.

Cruz is ecstatic about bringing this show to Lenoir County and its surrounding areas, saying, “This show is high-energy with a lot of intricate choreography and is fun for the whole family. Lenoir County has the talent for a show like this, and we wanted to showcase that. In this show, we have the chance to utilize all of the talented kids and adults in this area.”

“The whole cast is extremely committed to the rehearsal process, and the entire production team is excited to share all of their hard work. What I have seen this cast do in just a few rehearsals is just insane. They are working extremely hard for this show, and I am so proud of their continued progress.”

Tickets for Matilda The Musical will be on sale on June 1. To purchase a ticket, please call (252) 233-6824 or visit the show’s website at

Cast List

Matilda  – Gianna Cruz
Miss HoneyAbbie Sumner Mejia
Miss Agatha TrunchbullJennifer Cook
Mrs. Wormwood – Alyssa Bayless
Mr. Wormwood Tyndall Davis
Michael WormwoodHayden Hall
Mrs. Phelps Jessica Creech
Doctor/EscapologistEmir Garcia
AcrobatGabby Cruz
AmandaCarsyn Tyndall
EricaCarson Cade
HortensiaLilly Ranieri
BruceTrenton Noble
LavenderAva Grace Lane
AliceAudrey Gilmore
NigelChristian Oleneack
TommyJude Brewer
JudgeEleanor Brewer
JudgeOliver Ranieri
Young MichaelEvan Stalnaker
CookLisa Gunn
NurseNevaeh Tomlinson-Clifton
EntertainerParker Ball
Understudy/EnsembleNolan Lane
RudolphoTanner Wilson
SergeiChristian Moore


Allison Manning, Ava Wade, Caitlin Waters, Ja’Khari Bryant, Joely Davis, Kassidy Loftin, Kathryn Murphy, Keith Parrish, Kendra Loftin, Lilyana Yannotti, Landen Noble, Maxim Cruz, Megan Manning, Rachel Lemon, Rebekah Lemon, Rose Cruz, Tameya Hooker, Taylor Madison Egleton, and Wyatt Hudson

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.