Matilda Jr- A timeless tale of magic and Imagination comes to life on stage
When: October 19-28, 2023 at 3pm
Where: Toneel Huis, Commerce House, Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001
Tickets: R100
Producer: Wêla Kapela Productions
Artistic director: Amanda Bothma
Musical director: Tersia Harley
Choreography: Gia Urbani

Exciting news is the staging of Matilda Jr, on stage, in Cape Town, by Wêla Kapela Productions- which is based in East London. This junior adaptation of the Tony and Olivier Award winning musical, premiered at the 2020 Junior Theater Festivals in Atlanta and Sacramento. It was adapted by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s Olivier-the creators of Matilda- based on Roald Dahl’s Matilda. The Wêla Kapela production is on from October 19-28, 2023 at Toneel Huis in Cape Town’s CBD. The production is an hour and has been geared for young audiences and for young performers. Read on for more:

Wêla Kapela Productions presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda Jr -Sometimes You Have to Be a Little Bit Naughty if You Want to Change Your Story

Cape Town’s streets will be filled with the whiff of rebellion when Wela Kapela Productions presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical JR. from October 19- 28, 2023.  Matilda Jnr. tells the story of an extraordinary girl, Matilda Wormwood (Mia Bothma) who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Unfortunately, her family is far from understanding her unique talents, and she faces relentless mistreatment at the hands of her neglectful parents (Sofia Derkson as Mr Wormwood and Libby Whitfield as Mrs Wormwood) and the tyrannical headmistress of her school, Miss Trunchbull (Mischa Forbes).

Matilda Jr. celebrates the power of imagination, the importance of kindness

Matilda’s life takes a magical turn when she discovers she has a mysterious telekinetic ability. With her newfound power and the support of her kind-hearted teacher, Miss Honey (Sofi Bergström), Matilda takes on the challenges of her world with courage, wit and determination. Through her story, Matilda Jr. celebrates the power of imagination, the importance of kindness, and the belief that even the smallest among us can change the world.

Director Amanda Bothma and the talented cast and crew have been working tirelessly to bring this magical production to life, promising a captivating theatrical experience for audiences of all ages. Audiences can look forward to memorable songs, under the baton of Musical director Tersia Harley, with dazzling choreography by Gia Urbani, and heartwarming performances by the all-junior cast that will transport them to the witty, whimsical world of Matilda.

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About Wêla Kapela Productions

Wela Kapela Productions is a renowned East London based theatre company dedicated to bringing high-quality, family-friendly productions to you, with a commitment to artistic excellence and youth development. Wela Kapela’s two award winning productions NEXT!!! And Vincent -his quest to love and be loved were recently staged at the Toyota Woordfees in October 2023.

About Matilda The Musical JR

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical JR, is based on the book by Roald Dahl, and features the book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.This production is presented through special arrangement with Dalro. All authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International 423 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019, 212-541-4684,

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