Tonight was our last night together as a class in London, and I thought it fitting that we ended with a theatrical performance. Matilda the Musical was a suggestion of Steven, our professor, and I was excited to see one of my favorite childhood books (and movie!) performed live on stage.
The Cambridge Theatre was styled in a very child-friendly way, obviously a nod to the show. As we were climbing up the winding staircase, I noticed frames with drawings (probably) by the child actors and actresses, as well as a frame containing a “Today’s Matilda” sign – along with a name presumably written by the lead actress. The girl playing Matilda for our show tonight was Tasha Chapple.
The stage was set up to mimic storybooks or a mixture of tiles. Before the performance began, there were seven tiles that spelt out the name M-A-T-I-L-D-A in the middle of the stage. The lights were blue-hued, so the photos looked really purple in the light – I didn’t want to risk using flash since I wasn’t sure I was even allowed to take photos, so sorry for the photo quality.
There were mini binoculars between several seats for people to rent for the performance. Since it was only £.00 I decided to rent one – this was a great decision because I could actually “zoom in” and see the faces of the child (and adult) performers clearly. The only problem with the binoculars was that they were ‘kiddie’, so I couldn’t adjust them at all, which made viewing through them with my eyeglasses a bit of a difficult task.
During intermission, I decided to take a walk and stretch my legs. I spotted a rapidly increasing line by the place where food stands usually are placed. Lining up I realized I made a great decision – it was a line for slushies! There were three different kinds: strawberry/raspberry (the red kind), blueberry (the blue kind), and a ‘twister’ (red & blue).
The performance was AMAZING. The child actors were really professional, and the songs they sang were quite catchy. I was glad to see that the program I bought contained the most popular song – “School Song”. At the end of the performance the audience gave the cast a standing ovation, which I felt was well-deserved. I hope they take the show abroad!