Auditions for Matilda

Auditions for our January Show, Matilda, will be held Wednesday, November 10 at New Minowa Players Theatre, 906 South Mill Street, Decorah, beginning at 6:00 p.m. There are named parts and chorus parts for both adults and children. Anyone age 10 or older is invited to audition.

Based on the Roald Dahl novel, “Matilda” is the story of a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She is 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.

Everyone auditioning should fill out this AUDITION FORM. Below is a list of character with links to the audition materials for each of them. Actors wishing for an unnamed role should prepare the Ensemble audition material. Actors auditioning for a named role are welcome to list multiple characters, but should choose only one audition packet. Everyone auditioning should expect to learn a short dance sequence at 6:00 on audition day. Please contact Sheryl Scheffert, director, if you have questions or need assistance. ( or 563-379-5738) We look forward to preparing another great show!

Matilda Character Breakdown

Please note that the stage age is listed for each character. The character must appear to be that age when acting in this show. The actor does not have to actually be that age.

Matilda Wormwood – An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched. Enigmatic, serious, intense. Instinctive acting ability. Stage Age: 8 to 12 Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Miss Agatha Trunchbull – The tyrannical headmistress at Crunchem Hall Primary School who despises children. Gender: ANY (Professional Productions have used Men in this Role, we are looking for the best Person for the Role, Man or Woman the character will present as a female) Stage Age: 30 to 55 We will be asking those that audition for this role to pantomime an Olympic Hammer Throw Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: A2

Miss Honey – Matilda’s kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull. A mild, quiet person who never raises her voice and seldom seems to smile – yet possesses the rare gift of being adored by every small child under her care. She should have a curious warmth that is almost tangible. Stage Age: 25 to 40 Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: F3

Mr. Wormwood Matilda’s uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman. Stage Age: 25 to 45 Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D3

Mrs. Wormwood Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer. She is obsessed with her dancing partner, Rudolpho, and her looks. Like her husband she thinks very little of Matilda’s unique abilities and often berates her. Stage Age: 25 to 45 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Michael Wormwood Matilda’s older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents. No singing Required for this Role Stage Age: 10 to 15

Mrs. Phelps Warm and nurturing local librarian who encourages Matilda’s love of reading. She has an inner peace. No Solo Singing Required for this role. Stage Age: 25 or over

Bruce – Matilda’s classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull. Stage Age: 8 to 14 Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: C4

Lavender Matilda’s classmate and friend. Loud and kooky – likes to have fun – big personality. Stage Age: 8 to 12

The Escapologist A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Stage Age: ANY Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: C3

The Acrobat A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Stage Age: ANY Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D4

Rudolpho – Mrs. Wormwood’s ballroom dance partner. Should be genuinely fit and athletic. Strong Dancer with Ballroom Dancing ability. Stage Age: 25 to 45 Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D#3

Doctor – Mrs. Wormwood’s Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda. Stage Age: ANY Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: C3

Children’s Entertainer – A party entertainer at the start of the show. If you can make balloon Animals or any “Clown Tricks” this is a plus Stage Age: ANY Vocal range top: Eb4 Vocal range bottom: F#3

Amanda, Alice, Hortensia – Matilda’s classmates. Stage Age: 8-12

Nigel, Eric, Tommy – Matilda’s classmates. Stage Age: 8-12

Sergei, HenchmEn 1, 2, and 3 – Members of a Russian Mafia group. Stage Age: ANY

  • Show Type: None
  • Intermission: None
  • Info for Audience: None


Nov 10 2021


6:00 pm
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