January 17th, 2021

CCH presenting ‘Matilda’ in its 29th year of musical theatre

By Bobinec, Greg on March 4, 2020.

Catholic Central High School students sing their hearts out through their musical production of ÒMatilda,Ó based on the 1988 Roald Dahl book, running Friday through March 14. Herald photo by Greg Bobinec @GBobinecHerald

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


Catholic Central High School Musical Theatre is presenting its production of “Matilda,” based on the 1988 book by Roald Dahl, starting this Friday.

From Friday to March 14, CCH will present its 29th year of musical theatre with their production of “Matilda,” which follows the story of a five-year-old girl who loves reading and finds she can move things with her mind, which helps her with a family that does not understand her. The familiar story was an exciting venture for the production crew, as they added some new elements to the production.

“This is our 29th year of musical theatre here at Catholic Central and this year we chose to do the musical ‘Matilda,'” says Laurie Mitchell, director. “All production staff were excited and love it and it is amazing how the kids who come to audition, you seem to have the perfect mix to fill all of the roles. We have a special twist this year, we have involved a couple of the staff members as part of the cast because if you are familiar with the story at all, Trunchbull is this large, bigger-than-life ex-Olympian, so we have made one of our own part of the cast.”

The large cast of over 70 has worked hard to make the production the best it can be. From the dedicated hours of rehearsals to the large and detailed set, the cast of “Matilda” is ready to perform for a week.

“We auditioned in October and we do rehearsals five days a week. We do two days of acting, two days of singing, and one day of choreography,” says Mitchell. “In February, we started adding all of the technical pieces because we use a live orchestra joining us, and we have people on floor and tech crew doing their things. All-in-all we have about 60 students involved, then we have front-of-house people involved in various capacities.”

Although CCH Musical Theatre is in its 29th year of production, this will be the last year for Mitchell as director as she is retiring after 13 years at CCH. Mitchell says it is bittersweet to end with the story of “Matilda.”

“This is my last show. I have done 13 main stage shows here at CCH and so this is my retirement year, so I am excited that it is this show because I have always wanted to do it,” says Mitchell. “It has been rewarding and busy, but very educational. You learn every time you do something. We have it down to a rhythm at this point, but it is a little bittersweet being the last one.”

“Matilda” runs Friday to March 14 at 7:30 p.m., as well as matinees on Saturday, Sunday and March 14 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 each and are available at CCH School Cash Online or at the door.

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