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Edison Jr. High Students will head onstage this week with an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical “Matilda Jr.”

   Performances are set for March 4-5 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium and tickets are $5 and available at the door. Seating is first come, first serve with a section for immediate family and friends of the cast. The story by Roald Dahl follows a little girl named Matilda who has extraordinary powers. Matilda faces abusive parents and tyrannical school headmistress Miss Trunchbull but finds solace in reading library books and creating her own stories. She does have companionship in shy teacher Miss Honey but discovers her own power by standing up against the adults in her world. Her bravery teaches Miss Honey and her classmates an important lesson—that even though life can be hard, “nobody but me is gonna change my story.” Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.

   The cast includes students in grades 7-9 and among the performers are Leila Cable as Matilda Wormwood, Madison Grim as Erica, Bristol Leanza as Amanda, Nevaeh Hunter as Bruce, Paige Somerville as Hortensia, Elizabeth Booher as Alice, Layla White as Lavender, Maddie Somerville as Nadia, Kyle Martin as Mr. Wormwood, Colleen Miles as Mrs. Wormwood, Dominic Grim as Michael, Maddie Granatir as Mrs. Phelps and Rudolpha, Myah Howell as escapologist/acrobat, Becca Bell as Miss Honey, Avah Reed as Agatha Truchbull, Peyton Neeley as Sergia/Big Kid, Ciara Fiedorczyk as Big Kid 1, Raelin Crimm as Big Kid 2/Little Kid, Sydney Frampton as Big Kid 3 and Des Crum and Hanna Hendrix as Big Kid.

   The production is directed by EHS Vocal Music Department Director Gregory Hofmeister with Reiko McMillen as choreographer.

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