A Musical to Watch: Matilda at La Mirada Theater By Lorraine Bautista

The Musical, Matilda

It was an absolute joy to end the week by attending the Broadway musical, Matilda. On Saturday November 16th, I had the chance to watch one of the most entertaining and inspiring Broadway, Matilda, front row seats at La Mirada Theater. The show is about a gifted young girl named, Matilda, who is born to parents who show great disdain towards their own daughter. However, she uses her large intellect and her knack for an active imagination to navigate through at school and overcome trouble in her home life. Throughout her journey, she builds special relationships with the people around her as they find her light and passion for life both contagious and inspiring. The play includes a dynamic cast of characters, a series of wonderful music, and an admirable storyline that unites the youthful and kindred spirits of its audience. 

Audrey Cymone (center) plays the title role in “Matilda, the Musical” at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts through Nov. 17. (Photo by Jason Niedle)

Because it has been ages since I have watched the original movie Matilda, I recall most of the scenes from the broadway musical being parallel to the original movie. In my own experience, Matilda brought back nostalgia that reminded me of my childhood memories and brought back that same sense of entertainment I experienced as a child when I first watched the movie. As a little girl, I remember growing a unique adoration and liking toward the character Matilda because I found some of her traits and experiences similar to mine such as in her love for reading and music. I had a great time during the performance and enjoyed the show as it was greatly reminiscent of my earliest childhood. It brought back a sense of ease and innocence that I, and many others who may agree, often lose touch of in the midst of the busyness and chaos that I call adulthood. And as others may agree, it is always a good thing when a certain movie, book, or show brings one back to a place that once felt like home to the individual. 

After Intermission
The Final Bow

As a music teacher for young children, I was most joyous about the children who displayed so much love, talent, and energy in their choreography and singing throughout the musical. The large child cast definitely added to the youthful atmosphere for the audience as told by the age demographics and reaction of the audience, making for great family entertainment. The actors also played polar characters which made for an even more interesting performance. I found that Matilda was filled with a little bit of everything including comedy, romance, and drama. Though I would love to share more about the show, I also wouldn’t want to give away any spoiler alerts. For those interested I would definitely recommend Matilda to someone looking for a pure entertainment and memorable time with family and friends.



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