Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes Rachel Haider, director of the Purple Door Youth Theater and director of the PDYT production of Matilda, the Musical! and students from the show.
Matilda, the Musical!
written by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin
based on the book by Roald Dahl
directed by Rachel Haider
Purple Door Youth Theater
Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West
Tickets: $14 adutls, $10 students
Winner of 55 Awards, including Best Musical, Matilda celebrates a precocious, young girl who loves to read. Through the gift of telekinesis, she overcomes atrocious obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life.
Matilda, the Musical performances are Nov. 22-24 & Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Friday performances are at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. All performances are at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater.
Purple Door Youth Theater is an immersive educational theater experience. Elementary, middle and high school students are involved with every aspect of producing a show like performing, designing, building, marketing and ushering in a safe and supportive environment.
Project Purple Door is an extension of PDYT and focuses on ensemble-based storytelling, building productions through imaginative theatricality and minimal stagecraft.
- 2020 Spring production of the Prince and the Pauper– the classic Mark Twain story, but there’s a twist. The boy prince and girl pauper exchange places for a time, experiencing how the other lives, but when the King dies, the true prince must be crowned.
Director Rachel Haider manages PDYT and teaches acting, character and production skills. Joining the artistic team for Matilda, the musical is Music Director Liz Shepleyand Choreographer Jana Hirsch. Deb Clark is our technical directorand teacher, and Kate Stuartis our costumerand teacher. The Prince and the Pauper is led by Director Rachel Haider and a stage manager.
Roald Dahl, famous for books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, published Matilda in 1988; it became a movie in 1996, and opened as a musical in London in 2010. Matilda, the Musical premiered on Broadway in 2013.
In Matilda, the children are brave and smart, but many of the adults are quite the opposite,” says Director, Rachel Haider. “The children learn to speak up and take action for themselves and for each other.”