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Open Fields readies ‘Matilda the Musical’

Open Fields will present “Matilda the Musical” on Saturday, April 2 at 1:00 and 7:00 PM, Sunday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Dover-Sherborn High School’s Mudge Auditorium. Tickets are available at www.ticketstage.com.

Open Fields prepares to come back to the stage this April with Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical” (April 2, 3, 8, 9), the Broadway hit based on the beloved novel. Featuring a cast of 55 kids in grades 2-12, the musical follows the journey of Matilda Wormwood, a brilliant and loving young girl living in the shadow of her parents, who hate reading, and her headmistress, who hates children. Determined to take back her story and rescue her classmates and her teacher from the deliciously evil Trunchbull, Matilda uses her genius brain and unbreakable spirit to discover her superpowers.

While this is the first time “Matilda” will be performed in Dover, Open Fields has a long history with the musical, as two alumni of the organization starred in the Broadway show in 2013-2014. Alexa Shae Niziak, who played Alice, and Marcus D’Angelo, who played Nigel, both returned to Open Fields rehearsals to help the next generation prepare for the show. 

Open Fields’ “Matilda” will feature a live orchestra of professional musicians accompanying the cast. Brynn Cullum, a 5th-grade student at Pine Hill, Maya Hagan a 6th-grade student at Dover-Sherborn Middle School and Zeeva Feinstein, a 6th grader from Walpole will lead the shows as Matilda, joined by Dover’s Scott Doherty and Finn Zatylny and Wellesley’s Henry Phillips as Mr. Wormwood, Addie Abstoss of Dover as Mrs. Wormwood, Lauren Rondini of Needham as Miss Honey and Wellesley’s Tucker DeLollis as Trunchbull. Kids from Dover, Sherborn, Medfield, Wellesley, Needham, Natick, and the surrounding towns will light up the stage in this inspiring show. 

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