Members of the cast of HF-L Middle School’s production of Matilda The Musical, Jr. rehearse a scene last week. Photo by Joanne Gravelle

Catch a joyous, witty ode to childhood and imagination as the students from Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School present Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, Jr. this weekend.

Matilda The Musical, Jr. tells the story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires. Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence…and special powers! She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress Miss Trunchbull hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be the schoolchildrens’ saving grace. The show is packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs.

“We’re thrilled that we’re able to put on our first live musical since 2018,” director Joanne Gravelle said. “Our cast and crew have been working really hard and are excited to put it in front of an audience.”

Members of the cast are Fiona Gelb (Eric), Teagan O’Connor (Tommy), Clara Boldt (Amanda), Luke Washburn (Bruce), Sydney Sahrle (Lavender), Megan Merrill (Alice), Sadie Guckenbiehl (Hortensia), Raiden Knox (Nigel), Siobhan Neenan (Matilda), Isaac Yaddaw (Mr. Wormwood), Ali Marasco (Mrs. Wormwood), Smith Schaefer (Michael), Ava Zeh (Mrs. Phelps), Liliana Loewenguth (Escapologist), Skylar Myers (Acrobat), Maylee Cross (Cook), Grace Francis (Miss Honey), Kasey Wise (Agatha Trunchbull), Amelia Reynolds (Mechanic), Rakeem Pendergrass (Rudolpho), Chase McVige (Sergei), E.C. Corey (Big Kid 1), Maylee Cross (Big Kid 2), Ella Fowler (Big Kid 3), Lydia Borgesen, Lauren Burke, Abby Flagg, Samantha Lloyd, Chase McVige, Megan Merrill, Amelia Reynolds and Charlotte Wood (Little Kid ensemble) and Mallory-Nicole Batz, Nora Beckett, Mairen Butler, E.C. Corey, Maylee Cross, Ella Fowler and Vivian Marshall (Big Kid/Adult ensemble).

Helping out in backstage roles are Allie Hawks, Lia Richardson, Ella Vengoechea and Samantha Weeks (publicity), Shailyn Hanrahan, Karina Hendler, Emily Richards and Sophie Roberts (make up), Madison Spaulding and Cady Fisher (costumes), Duchess Francis, Morgan Spaulding and Lexi Wood (photos), Louden Cates, Christopher Baxter, Freddy Kirkwood, Ben McMinn, Dylan Nells, Marley Ross and Naomi Stanley (stage crew), Reese Camp and Khloe Anderson (props), Paisley Atkinson, Gavin Bent, William Fowler, Zan deRis and Mari Murgas-Cruz (sound), William McClean and Matt McQuillan (lighting) and Emily Repass (student director).

The show is at 7 p.m. on November 18 and 19 with a matinee on November 19 at 1 p.m. at the HF-L District Auditorium, 619 Quaker Meeting House Road. Tickets are $5 for the matinee and $8 for the evening performances.

Tickets can be purchased online through November 18 by visiting https://hflms.seatyourself.biz and will be sold at the door starting 30 minutes before each show (cash or check only at the door).

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