Ryedale Youth Theatre to stage Matilda Jr, The Musical with two casts next month

Ryedale Youth Theatre’s two casts for Matilda Jr, The Musical in the rehearsal room

RYEDALE Youth Theatre members are loving every moment of rehearsals for their Easter production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda Jr, The Musical.

Under the guidance of director/choreographer Chloe Shipley and musical director Rachael Clarke, they will perform the show at the Milton Rooms, Malton, from Aril 12 to 16.

Chloe is joined once again in the production team by another former Ryedale Youth Theatre leading light, professional West End actress and singer Lauren Hood, as assistant director/choreographer.

Ryedale Youth Theatre principals in rehearsal

Lauren, who is living in Spain at present, flew over for the February half-term rehearsal, held at Malton School.

Matilda Jr will be Ryedale Youth Theatre’s 30th annual show, a milestone that should have been marked by their production of Oliver!, until Covid-19 forced its cancellation.

Scripted by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, Matilda Jr is packed with multiple featured roles. “Blessed with so many talented and enthusiastic young people within the company, it was decided to double cast the show to give everyone who auditioned the opportunity to perform in the principal roles,” says publicist Barbara Wood.

Ryedale Youth Theatre’s poster for Matilda J, The Musical at the Milton Rooms, Malton

Ryedale Youth Theatre has added two extra performances to allow both teams four performances each of a show that runs to just over one hour with no interval.

In Dahl’s story, Matilda is born with a genius mind and a vivid imagination. Unfortunately, her less-than-brilliant family fails to value the qualities that make the unloved Matilda so special. 

Whereupon she is sent to an abysmal school led by the monstrous headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Buoyed by the help of her friends and the kind Miss Honey, Matilda starts a revolution and proves that everyone has the power to change their own story.

Tickets for the 7pm evening shows and 3pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday matinees cost £12, concessions £10, at yourboxoffice.co.uk.

Ryedale Youth Theatre cast members being put through their paces