Performing on stage as a fierce middle-aged woman is not every boy’s dream but for teenagers and avid theatre enthusiasts Jack, 17, and Levi, 16, this is how they will be spending their Easter Holiday.
Playing the role of Miss Trunchbull, the fictional headmistress of Crunchem Hall Primary School, The Trunchbull, as she is also known, is the main antagonist in Roald Dahl’s novel Matilda.
The novel has been adapted as a stage musical and The B&B Young People’s Theatre Group will be showcasing the junior version next week at our Theatre (the Players Theatre).
The teenagers will be sharing the role, playing alternate performances.
Levi (16) and Jack (17) who will be playing the character of Miss Trunchbull in the B&B Young People’s Theatre Group’s production of Matilda the Musical Jnr at the Players Theatre, Lowestoft during the school Easter Holiday.
Photo credit: Cerys Roscoe
We asked why Miss Trunchbull?
“I’ve been dancing since I was eight and have been in many local productions” Jack told us. “However, I’ve never played a female. I thought that it would be something different and fun to do.”
Jack is currently in his first year of studying double performing arts (dance and acting) at Lowestoft Sixth Form College. With lots of lines to learn as well as playing an older female, this part is definitely a challenge.
With ambitions to be an actor Levi explained that if this career path is not successful his second love is zoology – his favourite animal being a giraffe.
Levi is currently in his GCSE year at school. Balancing rehearsals, learning lines, lyrics and revising has definitely been a challenge. However, Levi is loving his role as Miss Trunchbull and has made some great new friends throughout the process.
There will be eight shows of Matilda Jnr from Tuesday 4th April to Sunday 9th April including three matinees and two early evening performances. With just a few tickets remaining, those wishing to watch are urged to book sooner rather than later by visiting our Theatre Box Office – www.playerstheatre.info or by phoning 01502 770020.
Jack will be playing Miss Trunchbull on Wednesday 5th 7:30pm, Friday 7th 5:30pm, Saturday 8th 1:00pm, Sunday 9th 2:30pm.
Levi will be appearing as Miss Trunchbull on Tuesday 4th 7:30pm, Thursday 6th 7:30pm, Friday 7th 1:00pm and Saturday 8th 5:30pm.