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Curtain Call's 29th annual Summer Youth Theatre Production

By Curtain Call

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Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. And Curtain Call is thrilled to be the first Fairfield County theatre presenting this great new show as its Summer Youth Theatre production opening August 1 in The Kweskin Theatre, Stamford.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly lovable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

“When we offered the opportunity to do this show more than a year ago, I was very excited and almost bumped a show from our already packed schedule to fit it in sooner,” said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call’s executive director and producer for the show. “I’m thrilled that our Summer Youth Theatre group decided to jump on the opportunity to be the first kids in the area to work on this new show,” Ursone added.

Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda the Musical is a joyous romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. This year’s production is sponsored by GenRe with additional support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts in cooperation with the City of Stamford.

Veteran Curtain Call director (and full time education director for Curtain Call), Brian Bianco, was tapped to direct this magical production. “Brian’s work with younger actors is just terrific and he’s the perfect person to lead the creative team on this show,” Ursone stated. Bianco is himself a product of Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre program form nearly 30 years ago. Music direction is by Greg Chrzczon, choreography by Emily Frangipane, costumes by Megan Latte Ormond and lighting design by Peter Petrino.

“Matilda is a show that speaks to me because its story is told through the perspective of children. While the adults try to create and mold their world, it's the students that realize they have the power to change it,” Bianco said. An educator for over twenty years, he added “I've had the opportunity to witness many moments of epiphany where children realize their potential and to direct a musical about exactly that, seems only fitting.”

The cast of 46 young performers features two young women sharing the starring role of Matilda at alternate performances: Elena Cappella and Beverlyn Lopez. Others in the cast are: Valeria Antunes, Sofia Caurant, Chloe Cerniglia, Dante DiFederico, Lola Duhov, Grace Eagleton, Molly Eagleton, RJ Failla, Sabina Farley, Elsa Franks, Maddy Galgano, Liam Gelling, Liliana Gomez, Lucas Gomez, Nicole Henkel, Arianna Hernandez, Grace Huber, Sean Kilcullen, Joshua Leferman, Rachel Lese, Maggie Lockwood, Kristin Morrow, Aerin O'Brien, Matilda Odin, Owen Priscott, Nikolas Rinaldi, Daniella Sallese, Lilana Santos, Emma Sawch, Katherine Scully, Samantha Sperling, Jake Sperling, Sophia Sibilia, Sydney Sibilia, Chloe Simner, Franki Spinelli-Mastrone, Ava Spinelli-Mastrone, Isabelle Tiska, Cooper Toland, Finley Vigliotti, Justin Villard, Zack Vlcek, Nora Watson and Zara Williamson.

Performances will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:00PM, beginning August 1. There is also a 2:00PM Saturday show on August 10. The Kweskin Theatre is located at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. Doors open one half hour before show time. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $17.5 for children. Thrifty Thursday tickets are $27.50. . Box Office: 203-461-6358 x 36 or on the web at

Curtain Call's 29th will begin September 12 with Grease, followed the Fairfield County premieres of A Christmas Story The Musical, Something Rotten and Kinky Boots as well as several other plays and musicals, comedy nights, and an interactive murder mystery. Discounted Flex Pass subscriptions offer savings of 25% and more. Additional information is available at or by calling 203-329-8207.

Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and educational workshops for all ages are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre.

Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of the Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2018. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

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