ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA THE MUSICAL

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5-STAR THEATRICALS
(Formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Presents the Second Show of its 2019 SEASON
With the Thousand Oaks Premiere of
ROALD DAHL'S
MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Adapted by Dennis Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Musical Direction by Jennifer Lin
Choreography by Heather Castillo
Directed by Lewis Wilkenfeld

Take Control of your Destiny Beginning Friday, March 22
at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza!

Sometimes it takes a little genius to change the world!

February 24, 2019…Thousand Oaks, Calif…5-STAR THEATRICALS (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) continues its 2018-2019 season with the Thousand Oaks premiere of ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA, adapted by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin (Groundhog Day), musical direction by Jennifer Lin, choreography by Heather Castillo and directed by Lewis Wilkenfeld. ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA opens on Friday, March 22, 2019 and runs through Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Tony Award-winning MATILDA THE MUSICAL will dazzle audiences of all ages at the Civic Arts Plaza this spring! With inspiring and fun songs and lyrics written by Tim Minchin, this extraordinary girl will show you how a sharp mind and vivid imagination can help you change your destiny!
“To continue our season with a show as wonderful, zany and inspirational as ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA, is just a joy for all of us working on it,” says 5-Star Theatricals Artistic Director, Patrick Cassidy. “Everyone can relate to this story by one of our greatest storytellers that ever lived, and our cast and creative team are going to bring this remarkable story to life in a most magical and theatrically inventive way. This is one show you and your family will not want to miss!”

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

LEWIS WILKENFELD (Director) led Cabrillo Music Theatre (now 5-Star) from 2005-2016, producing 42 shows, receiving 52 Ovation Award nominations and 8 wins, and was recognized by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle with the Joel Hirschhorn Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre. Lewis' 23 Cabrillo shows as Director include: Children of Eden, A Funny Thing…Forum, Mary Poppins, Oklahoma! (both times), Bye Bye Birdie (both times!), Annie, The Sound of Music, Cinderella, The King and I, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and The Music Man. Lewis has directed over 60 plays and musicals nationwide, collaborates with writers on the development of new musicals, and is a popular guest speaker/educator in schools and workshops, with a specific emphasis on educating, advising, and inspiring new generations of artists in the performing arts.

HEATHER CASTILLO (Choreography) is an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts, Dance at California State University Channel Islands where she was recently honored with the President's Award for Teaching Innovation. She is establishing a program that emphasizes the American multicultural dance arts and The Commercial Dance Oral History Database and Archive. Theatrical choreography credits include: Mame (MTG) Manson's Girl's (NMI) High Society (MTG) The Little Mermaid (CMT), Meet Me In St. Louis (CMT), Annie (CMT), The Sound of Music (Ovation Nomination Best Musical, CMT), Cinderella (CMT), The King and I (CMT), She Loves Me (SBCLO), 1940's Radio Hour (SBCLO), Seussical (SBCLO), The Fix (MTG & ICT), Loving Repeating, Connecticut Yankee (ICT) and Woyzeck (SBETC). Heather has received critical acclaim from the LA Times, Backstage and in 2009 received the Best Choreography award from BroadwayWorld.com for the SoCal region.

JENNIFER LIN (Musical Director) works as a music director, accompanist, and teacher throughout Southern California. She is the resident music director for Color and Light Theatre Ensemble. Recent productions include Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Celebration Theatre - Ovation Nominee for Musical Direction), Lizzie (Color and Light Theatre Ensemble), Hit the Wall (LA LGBT Center), A Little Night Music (Colony Theatre), Promises, Promises (Musical Theatre Guild), and The Spidey Project (Theatre Unleashed).

TIM MINCHIN (Music & Lyrics) is a musician, actor, comedian, writer and director. He's toured extensively in the US, UK and Australia, performing solo, with bands, and with symphony orchestras. He's released five DVDs, the most recent recorded with the Heritage Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Screen acting credits include “Robin Hood Origins” (2018), “Secret River” (2015), and “Californication” (Season 6 - 2013). Stage acting credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Sydney Theatre Company) and Jesus Christ Superstar (UK/Australia tours). Tim has written extensively for theatre, and is the composer-lyricist of Matilda the Musical (with Dennis Kelly) and Groundhog Day the Musical (with Danny Rubin).

DENNIS KELLY (Adaptation) Work for theatre includes Debris, Osama the Hero, After the End, Love and Money, Taking Care of Baby, DNA, Orphans, The Gods Weep, and The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas. He has written the book for the new musical of Pinocchio which opened at the National Theatre at the end of 2017, and in 2018 his new play Girls and Boys opened at the Royal Court. His plays have been performed worldwide and to date have been translated into nearly forty languages. For television he co-wrote and co-created “Pulling” and wrote and created “Utopia.” For film, he wrote the screenplay for “Black Sea,” directed by Kevin MacDonald. He also wrote the book for the Olivier and Tony winning Matilda the Musical. In 2010, DNA became a set text on the GCSE English Literature syllabus.

The Cast for ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA features Lucy Bollier and Olivia Marcum as Matilda, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper as Miss Trunchbull, Janna Cardia as Mrs. Wormwood, James Larsen as Mr. Wormwood, Katie Deshan as Miss Honey, Nick McKenna as Michael, Deanna Anthony as Miss Phelps and Ben Carroll as the Escape Artist/Doctor. The Ensemble features (in alphabetical order): John Paul Batista, J.B. Bauersfeld, Jared Cardiel, Renee Cohen, Joah Ditto, Maya Galipeau, Josh Golombek, Iyana Hannans, Tyler Luff, Carolyn Lupin, Julia Marley, Luke Pryor, Monica Ricketts, Nico Ridino, Glory Rose, Drew Rosen, Marcello Silva, Taylor Lynda Thomas, Tyler Marie Watkins and Olivia Zenetzis.

The Design Team of ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA will feature: Lighting Design by Jose Santiago, Sound Design by Jonathan Burke, Costume Design by Noelle Raffy, Props Design by Kevin Williams, Hair and Wig Design by Jessica Mills, Make-Up Design by Debbie Bryan The Production Stage Manager is Talia Krispel.

ABOUT THE PRICING AND SCHEDULE

ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA opens on Friday, March 22, 2018 and runs through Sunday, March 31 2019 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

Performances are Thursday at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; Sundays at 2pm.

A signed performance for the deaf and hard-of-hearing will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm, followed by a post-show discussion with cast, staff and audience.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks, or through www.5startheatricals.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. For groups of 10 or more, please call Group Sales, 5-STAR THEATRICALS at (805) 497-8613 x 1.

Ticket prices range from $35 – $83. For ticket and theatre information, call (805) 449-ARTS (2787). ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA performs exclusively at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

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Reviews

Tin Pan L.A.
"This British import plays like a delicious British cake—it's chock full of hilarious physical comedy, witty and charming songs, and storytelling that so perfectly from the across the pond. What's surprising about the musical is how much of the film and novel the stage version is actually able to accomplish on stage. You get all the iconic moments from the film with added songs and dancing that only heighten all the action."

sweet - Ryan Luevano - Tin Pan LA - ...read full review


"The children prove to be absolutely professional in their work, their singing, their dancing, and their performances as a whole. The staging of the entire production is outstanding."

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Joy Michelle
"This was the best production I've had the pleasure of seeing at 5-Star Theatricals (or Cabrillo Music Theatre). 5-Star Theatricals prides themselves for "providing an extraordinary performing arts experience through live, Broadway-quality productions of musical theatre" and with Matilda they have hit it out of the park."

sweet - Joy Michelle - The Joyous Living - ...read full review


"On one hand, it's an excellent production, with an exceptional little girl in the title role, and wonderful performances all the way around. On the other hand, even though Matilda the Musical is a popular Broadway and West End in London show, the writers of the musical turned it into a way more perturbing story than Roald Dahl's original tale, making it, in my opinion, not only inappropriate for children, but for anyone with a social conscience!  Child abuse should never be set to music!!!"

sweet-sour - Karen Salkin - It's Not About Me - ...read full review


"Returning to the core of the entertainment, those schoolchildren deserve most of the credit for the show's success. Their acting, singing and movement are above reproach... At the end of the day, it must be recognized that the show is top flight entertainment for this community. Do yourself a favor and corral your children (or your neighbor's children) to join these performers in Thousand Oaks this coming weekend for MATILDA."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


"But 5-Star pulls off a tough show very well — one of their best, really. Young audiences will revel over the dazzling performances and pumped-up musical arrangements (Jennifer Lin is a powerhouse conducting the live orchestra), while older attendees will recognize the tale's important message about becoming the hero of our own story. Just like the drama's heroine, Matilda is extraordinary, magical and worthy of special attention. Yet it is a sparkling young thespian named Olivia Marcum as Matilda who truly steals the show."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


"Directed by Lewis Wilkenfeld, Matilda, the Musical is a big show with a cast of thirty performers who sing and dance their hearts out. The school kids are made up of two groups, older meaner students, and the smaller, younger kids. The choreography of Heather Castillo is a knockout, grounded, edgy and angular, executed by the cast with unflagging energy. The vocal work (musical direction by Jennifer Lin) by the older cast is as professionally competent as one could expect. The younger cast will amaze you as they did me."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"This way of looking at life is the 180-degree opposite to the musical's opening number “Miracle,” which celebrates and honors every child as a person of magical possibility. I remember one of my grandfather Israel Gordon's snide observations when he remarked that “Every parent thinks their kid is a genius. So where do all the dumbbells come from?” Genius or dumbbell: the very opposites represented by Matilda and her brother Michael. Yet, whatever capabilities people have—limitless or limited as the case may be—shouldn't each person be given the best chances in life, the broadest opportunities to discover what they're good at and to be recognized for it? The much vaunted theory of meritocracy, as we have been seeing it play out in the current college admission scandal, is faulty even if practiced ethically, because first you have to look at the system of spoils for the wealthy and privileged that trumps all else. How many “Matildas” are wasting away, their minds and talents not only unseen but even disparaged and punished, in underfunded, understaffed schools everywhere in the world? Success in life only for those who strive and continually sharpen their brains is a cruel myth: The homemaker with no larger ambitions and the immigrant janitor are also entitled, by nothing more than the virtue of their humanity, to a decent standard of living."

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


"Overall, I thought it was a very strong production with good performances and a great message. It is well worth seeing; you'll enjoy it."

sweet - Daniel Faigin - Observations Along the Road - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Deliciously daffy lead performances, a couple of equally splendid but darker-hued star turns, an awesomely talented child ensemble, and one of the cleverest and most tuneful scores to cross the pond in recent years make 5-Star Theatricals' Matilda The Musical worth catching despite consistent sound-mixing problems that too often made Dennis Kelly's book and Tim Minchin's lyrics difficult if not impossible to decipher on Opening Night."

sweet-sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Tin Pan L.A.
"This British import plays like a delicious British cake—it's chock full of hilarious physical comedy, witty and charming songs, and storytelling that so perfectly from the across the pond. What's surprising about the musical is how much of the film and novel the stage version is actually able to accomplish on stage. You get all the iconic moments from the film with added songs and dancing that only heighten all the action."

sweet - Ryan Luevano - Tin Pan LA - ...read full review


"The children prove to be absolutely professional in their work, their singing, their dancing, and their performances as a whole. The staging of the entire production is outstanding."

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Joy Michelle
"This was the best production I've had the pleasure of seeing at 5-Star Theatricals (or Cabrillo Music Theatre). 5-Star Theatricals prides themselves for "providing an extraordinary performing arts experience through live, Broadway-quality productions of musical theatre" and with Matilda they have hit it out of the park."

sweet - Joy Michelle - The Joyous Living - ...read full review


"On one hand, it's an excellent production, with an exceptional little girl in the title role, and wonderful performances all the way around. On the other hand, even though Matilda the Musical is a popular Broadway and West End in London show, the writers of the musical turned it into a way more perturbing story than Roald Dahl's original tale, making it, in my opinion, not only inappropriate for children, but for anyone with a social conscience!  Child abuse should never be set to music!!!"

sweet-sour - Karen Salkin - It's Not About Me - ...read full review


"Returning to the core of the entertainment, those schoolchildren deserve most of the credit for the show's success. Their acting, singing and movement are above reproach... At the end of the day, it must be recognized that the show is top flight entertainment for this community. Do yourself a favor and corral your children (or your neighbor's children) to join these performers in Thousand Oaks this coming weekend for MATILDA."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


"But 5-Star pulls off a tough show very well — one of their best, really. Young audiences will revel over the dazzling performances and pumped-up musical arrangements (Jennifer Lin is a powerhouse conducting the live orchestra), while older attendees will recognize the tale's important message about becoming the hero of our own story. Just like the drama's heroine, Matilda is extraordinary, magical and worthy of special attention. Yet it is a sparkling young thespian named Olivia Marcum as Matilda who truly steals the show."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


"Directed by Lewis Wilkenfeld, Matilda, the Musical is a big show with a cast of thirty performers who sing and dance their hearts out. The school kids are made up of two groups, older meaner students, and the smaller, younger kids. The choreography of Heather Castillo is a knockout, grounded, edgy and angular, executed by the cast with unflagging energy. The vocal work (musical direction by Jennifer Lin) by the older cast is as professionally competent as one could expect. The younger cast will amaze you as they did me."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"This way of looking at life is the 180-degree opposite to the musical's opening number “Miracle,” which celebrates and honors every child as a person of magical possibility. I remember one of my grandfather Israel Gordon's snide observations when he remarked that “Every parent thinks their kid is a genius. So where do all the dumbbells come from?” Genius or dumbbell: the very opposites represented by Matilda and her brother Michael. Yet, whatever capabilities people have—limitless or limited as the case may be—shouldn't each person be given the best chances in life, the broadest opportunities to discover what they're good at and to be recognized for it? The much vaunted theory of meritocracy, as we have been seeing it play out in the current college admission scandal, is faulty even if practiced ethically, because first you have to look at the system of spoils for the wealthy and privileged that trumps all else. How many “Matildas” are wasting away, their minds and talents not only unseen but even disparaged and punished, in underfunded, understaffed schools everywhere in the world? Success in life only for those who strive and continually sharpen their brains is a cruel myth: The homemaker with no larger ambitions and the immigrant janitor are also entitled, by nothing more than the virtue of their humanity, to a decent standard of living."

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


"Overall, I thought it was a very strong production with good performances and a great message. It is well worth seeing; you'll enjoy it."

sweet - Daniel Faigin - Observations Along the Road - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Deliciously daffy lead performances, a couple of equally splendid but darker-hued star turns, an awesomely talented child ensemble, and one of the cleverest and most tuneful scores to cross the pond in recent years make 5-Star Theatricals' Matilda The Musical worth catching despite consistent sound-mixing problems that too often made Dennis Kelly's book and Tim Minchin's lyrics difficult if not impossible to decipher on Opening Night."

sweet-sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review