Excitement is rising amongst the young cast of Matilda Jnr at our Theatre. With their first performance on 4th April, and some shows already almost sold out, it’s highly likely that this Easter production could be a complete sell-out!
School girls Ava, nine, from Bradwell and Flo, 10, from Pakefield are beyond excitement to be playing the title role of Matilda in the B&B’s Young People’s Theatre Group’s production to be staged during the school Easter Holidays next month.
Ava 9 and Flo 10 who will be playing the title role of Matilda for the B&B Young People’s Theatre Group, Lowestoft during the school Easter Holidays in April. Photo: Cerys Roscoe
Dancing since she was just two years old Ava told us that “My big Sister encouraged me to audition for this role. It was my first audition ever so I was very pleased when I learned that I had been given the part.”
Flo heard that she would be appearing on stage when her Dad received a message on his phone to say that the popular theatre group would like to offer Flo the part of Matilda.
“My Dad didn’t even ask me if I would do it’, exclaimed Flo. “He just said ‘yes’ on my behalf before telling all of his friends that I was going to be on stage. I think he was feeling proud!”
Performing alternate shows we asked the two Matildas if their performances would be exactly the same?
“No!” They exclaimed in unison.
“I’m the chatty and energetic one” said Ava. I’ve had to learn to slow my speech down so that I speak my lines clearly.”
“I’m the chilled one” said Flo. Although the part requires me to be lively and it’s so exciting to be performing on stage, I’m feeling quite relaxed about it all.”
Ava and Flo also told us that this is their first show with the B&B Young People’s Theatre Group. It’s been a really “fun experience” and they have each made lots of new friends.
Although they will be on stage for alternate performances they both vowed to help and support each other throughout the show run, a very kind and mature approach we thought.
Asked what their ambitions are for the future, Flo would like to become an actor and Ava a midwife.
This production of Matilda will be the junior version featuring a cast of 38 with an age range of six to 18. It’s a story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Packed with high energy dance numbers and catchy songs. Matilda has special powers so the production will include some magical effects. It will be a joyous experience for the whole family to watch.
There will be eight shows from Tuesday 4th April to Sunday 9th April including three matinees and two early evening performances. Some performances have already almost sold out, so those wishing to watch are urged to book sooner rather than later by visiting our Box Office – www.playerstheatre.info or by phoning 01502 770020.
Ava and Flo will be on stage as Matilda for alternate performances for the show run of Matilda the Musical Jnr from 4th to 9th April.
Photo: Cerys Roscoe