The Dorcan Academy Performing Arts Department was proud to present Matilda The Musical Jr. at Dorcan on 11-13 July 2023.
The cast of around 50 students told the story of Matilda, an extraordinary little girl with extraordinary powers, through music, drama and dance. All students have shown commitment and dedication over several months to culminate in the final production and there were many stand out performances by both the main and supporting characters. Matilda was ably played by Year 7 student Gabby Cruz, who put across the powerful message that even though life can be hard, ‘nobody but me is gonna change my story’ so ‘sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty’. Her inspiring teacher, Miss Honey (Kasey de Boer in Year 11) gave an amazing final performance as a Dorcan student and Joseph Richards in Year 8 had the audience in stitches with his portrayal of the cruel headmistress Miss Trunchball! (I hope he hasn’t been taking notes from Mrs Bareham!). Stand out chorus numbers were, ‘When I grow up’ and ‘Revolting Children’ which brought the house down.
We wish to thank our wonderfully talented Performing Arts teachers, (Miss Durston, Mr Roke and Mrs Hodges) for giving up their time to put on the show but also the many other staff who willingly supported the show in various ways – without you, it would not be possible. We would also like to thank parents for helping your children learn their words and music, supplying the costumes, helping them get organised and coming to see them perform. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it on. We couldn’t be prouder of the teamwork and resilience displayed by everyone involved – it has truly been an extraordinary collaborative effort.