The curtain will go up Friday night, Feb. 21 for the final weekend of Matilda the Musical at the North Platte Community Playhouse/Fox Theater.

This musical speaks of the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a talented little girl who dreams of a better life.

Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents, but loved by her schoolteacher, Miss Honey. During the first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other, as Honey begins to recognize and appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality.

Matilda’s school life is difficult, but she loves life regardless. The mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and loves thinking up punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules.

Matilda has equal amounts of courage and cleverness. Bella Harwager is superb in the lead role. The cast includes a lot of children, and combined with the characterizations of the adult actors, the atmosphere is lively and great fun.

You can hardly help but be carried away. Children and adults will be thrilled and delighted by the story of this little girl with an extraordinary imagination and enduring perseverance.

Director Scott Carlson said the childrens’ energy lifts the spirits of everyone involved.

“They love theater,” he said. “They’ve worked hard and they’re eager to show the audience what they’ve accomplished.”

Each of the leading actors has a solo, enlivening the show with animation.

Sue McKain directs the excellent pit orchestra through the complex, lively score, which includes a great deal of background music. The timing is excellent.

The creative sets were constructed by Garett Luenenburg and Bryan Solko and the scenes change seamlessly.

Performances will be Feb. 21-23. Friday and Saturday curtain times are 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

Tickets are on sale each day from noon-5 p.m. Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for kids. The price at the door is $20 for adults and $12 for kids.

Call for more information 308-532-8559 or email


The cast: 

Matilda Wormwood — Bella Harwager

Miss Agatha Trunchbull — Ben Hill

Miss Honey — Tia San Miguel

Mr. Wormwood — Andrew Lee

Mrs. Wormwood — Chasity Jenny

Mrs. Phelps — Jess Bertschinger

Michael Wormwood — Brandon Odle

Bruce — Henry Cline

Lavender — Chloe Ochoa

The Escapologist — Ben Pearce

Cook — Taedyn Steele

Henchman 1-3 — To be determined

The Acrobat — Sydney Steele

The Doctor — Scott Carlson

Rudolpho — Ben Pearce

Sergei — Ben Pearce

Judge — Taedyn Steele

Amanda — Layla Thomas

Nigel — Levi Luenenborg

Eric — Cooper Lange

Alice – Savannah Woodburn

Hortensia – Ruby Schow

Tommy — Declan Burrows

Parents — To be determined

Children’s Entertainer — Angie Burrows

Kids Ensemble — Lybeigh Mills, Whitleigh Mills, Lydia Jenny, Alexa Jenny, Rie’ellah Ochoa, Avery Luenenborg, Camie Bertschinger, Greyson Kautz and Brett Pfeifer.

Big kids — Evelyn Lewis, Emmy Cassell, Tuesday Allen, Ella Harmon, Allison Guthrie, Bella Mitchell, Talea Ochoa, Makenna Modlin, Nic Zurn, Braxton Songster and Marisa Pfeifer.