Party Entertainer // Sean Montgomery // Doctor // Matt Meigs // Mrs. Wormwood // Lesli Margherita // Mr. Wormwood // Malt Harrington // Matilda // Fina Strazza // Michael Wormwood // Clay Thomson // Mrs. Phelps // Karen Aldridge // Miss Honey // Alison Luff // Escape Artist // Ben Thompson // Acrobat // Jennifer Bowles // Miss Trunchbull // Chris Sieber // Rudolpho // Phillip Spaeth // Sergei // Sean Montgomery // Bruce // Mitchell Sink // Lavender // Grace Capeless // Nigel // Marcus D’Angelo // Amanda // Beatrice Tulchin // Eric // Christian Michael Camporin // Alice // Alexa Shae Niziak // Hortensia // Ava DeMary // Tommy // Chris Sumpter
Okay fellow Matilda the Musical fans, this is finally happening—I am going to recount some things from the matinee performance that I went to see on Saturday February 14, 2015. Buckle up because bouts of unnecessary detail are coming up…
By the way I put in a ‘Keep Reading' break, because I'm not kidding when I say this is long.
First off, Matilda for this performance was played by the lovely Fina Strazza. Coming into the show I was pretty familiar with Tori and Brooklyn—having heard some of their audios on Tumblr, however Fina and Eliza were more of mysteries to me. I had only heard one recording of I’m Here from one of Fina’s shows, and while I was listening to it I actually thought it was Tori, so my reference was a little bit off to say the least. But anyway, Fina is wonderfully talented, and really felt like Matilda to me. Not many have taken on discussing in detail this girl’s talent, so let me dive right in!
- First off, this girl has a way of utilizing sort of blank expressions and straight faces that she still manages to pack with meaning and emotion (some examples being her expressions when addressing her father and how you can see some sadness and revolt in her eyes even though the rest of her face was quite calm; and another example being when Miss Trunchbull gets all up in her faces about Nigel and later about eating the cake). These expressions—calm facial features and intense eyes—gives her a kind of calm tranquility that can be both quite frightening and kind of reflective of what Matilda sings about in Quiet and how she is often suppressing a great rage inside of her.
- Also, Fina had a way of slowly withering in intensity every time Miss Phelps would talk about how lucky and proud her parents must be of her—until finally she broke my heart when admitting to Miss Honey that her father calls her “a liar, a cheat, and a nasty little creep”–the line delivery was just so sad; don’t talk to me about it.
- Also her facial expressions were on point for Naughty—so wonderfully mischievous. One of my favorite parts of her Naughty was when she was singing “We’re told we have to do what we’re told but surely” because she hopped down from the bookshelf onto the nightstand and kind of rocked on her heels and rolled her shoulders into the most innocent, puppy-dog-eyed look, only to then leap across the bed and lookall plotting and cunning with the line “sometimes you have to be a little bitnaughty!”