Roald Dahl’s Matilda
August 5 – 11
Sometimes you Have to be a Little Bit Naughty!
With a story inspired by the eccentric genius of internationally-acclaimed author Roald Dahl, and a world inspired by St. Louis native and world-wide artistic legend Mary Engelbreit, Matilda shows how imagination is exactly what we all need to navigate life’s many challenges. When sent to a dismal school, Matilda uses her clear eyes and keen smarts to help her discover her own surprising powers! Created by the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, this four-time Tony Award-winning magical musical, still running in London’s West End, is sure to marvel and entertain Muny audiences.
Mattea Conforti (Matilda)
Muny debut! Mattea made her Broadway debut as the title role in Matilda at age 9. Other Broadway credits include Sunday in the Park with George and the original cast of Disney’s Frozen (Young Anna), which she was a part of from the very first workshop. On television, she can be seen on AMC’s NOS4A2, recurring as Elisa Marie on the hit Starz series Power, as well as Gotham (CW) and The Good Cop (Netflix). On the big screen, Mattea can be seen in the films 3 Generations, The Super and The Viper Club opposite Susan Sarandon. She is also the voice of Moon on the animated series Ollie and Moon.
Will Swenson (Miss Trunchbull)
Muny debut! Broadway: Waitress, Disaster!; Les Misérables, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Hair, 110 in the Shade, Lestat, Brooklyn! Off-Broadway: Nantucket Sleighride, Jerry Springer: The Opera (Obie Award), Murder Ballad, Rock of Ages, Little Miss Sunshine, Adrift in Macao, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Pericles. Tours/Regional: Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You, Camelot, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman!; The Pirates of Penzance, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Royal Family of Broadway. Film/TV: The Kitchen, The Greatest Showman, This is Where I Leave You, The Switch, Law & Order (SVU and CI), The Good Wife, No Tomorrow, The Code.
Laura Michelle Kelly (Miss Honey)
Muny: The King and I and South Pacific. Laura won an Oliver Award for her title role in the world premiere of Disney’s Mary Poppins. Broadway/NY: Finding Neverland, Me and My Girl, Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof. West End: My Fair Lady, Speed-the-Plow, Lord of the Rings, Beauty and the Beast, Whistle Down the Wind, Peter Pan, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia! US Regional: My Fair Lady and Camelot (Kennedy Center), The Royal Family of Broadway (Barrington Stage). Film: Sweeney Todd, Goddess. Album: The Storm Inside. Other appearances include Muny Magic, Cadogen Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, Royal Opera House, Millennium Stadium, Buckingham Palace, Broadway at the White House (PBS). www.Lauramichellekelly.net
Ann Harada (Mrs. Wormwood)
Muny: Gypsy, 42nd Street and Mamma Mia! Ann was the original Christmas Eve in Avenue Q on Broadway and in the West End. Other Broadway: Cinderella, 9 to 5, M Butterfly, Seussical, Les Misérables. Selected Off-Broadway: Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Company), Stuffed (WP Theater), Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre) and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Holiday Inn (Paper Mill Playhouse), The New World (Bucks County Playhouse). Film: Youth in Oregon, Sisters, Admission and Hope Springs. TV: Gotham, Blue Bloods, Younger, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Search Party, The Good Wife, Smash, 30 Rock, House of Cards, Master of None.
Josh Grisetti (Mr. Wormwood)
Muny debut! Josh is an award-winning actor recently seen as Nigel Bottom in the Broadway production (and first national tour) of Something Rotten! Josh also originated the role of Marty Kaufman in Broadway’s It Shoulda Been You (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations) and won the 2015 Clarence Derwent Award. Other theatrical credits include: Off-Broadway’s Enter Laughing (Theatre World Award; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Drama League nominations), Rent, Peter and the Starcatcher, Red Eye of Love, Candida, After the Ball and regional productions of Prince of Broadway (Tokyo), Diner (Signature Theatre), Camelot (Kennedy Center), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (LA, Ovation Award), Spamalot (Las Vegas) and others. Television: Like Magic, Nurse Jackie, The Gates, The Knights of Prosperity. Film: The Immigrant, Revolutionary Road, The Namesake. @joshgrisetti
Darlesia Cearcy (Mrs. Phelps)
Muny debut! Darlesia is a Broadway veteran whose shows include Ragtime (Sarah, Helen Hayes nominee), Shuffle Along (Lottie Gee), The Color Purple (Nettie), Once on This Island (Erzulie), The Book of Mormon and The Goodbye Girl. She was a Viva Award nominee for her single Everlasting Pictures, which appeared on MTV’s Most Wanted, VH1 and Top of the Pops in London. TV: Madam Secretary, House of Cards, Elementary and more. IG@darlesiacearcy
Trevor Michael Schmidt
The Muny Kids
The Muny Teens
JOHN TARTAGLIA (Director)
Director: Stephen Schwartz’s The Secret Silk (Princess Cruises, writer/director), Beauty and the Beast (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan and Shrek (Muny), Claudio Quest (NY Musical Festival, Best of the Fest), Shrek the Halls (DreamWorks Theatricals) and many more. Broadway: Avenue Q (Tony nomination), Beauty and the Beast and Shrek. Muny: Aladdin (The Genie), Seussical (The Cat in the Hat), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hysterium, St. Louis Theater Circle Award). Film/TV: The Happytime Murders (STX Films), Johnny and the Sprites (Disney Jr., Emmy nomination), Sesame Street (PBS Kids), Jim Henson’s Word Party and Julie’s Greenroom (both on Netflix), creator, co-executive producer and star of Jim Henson’s Splash and Bubbles (PBS Kids, Emmy nomination).
BETH CRANDALL (Choreographer)
makes her Muny choreographic debut with Matilda after serving as Associate Choreographer for Newsies, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, An Evening with the Stars and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. She recently choreographed West Side Story for the Abilene Opera Association. Broadway/NYC associate choreography: Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Jerry Springer the Opera, High Button Shoes, The New Yorkers and 1776. Recent associate choreography includes The Music Man at The Kennedy Center, Because of Winn Dixie and The Drowsy Chaperone at Goodspeed and the Gucci Showtime 2019 Campaign. As a performer, Beth was seen on Broadway, in national and international tours, in 6 Muny shows, on SNL and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Beth is a proud member of SDC and adores the Muny family!
MICHAEL HORSLEY (Music Director/Conductor)
is The Muny’s music supervisor. 25 Muny seasons include: Jerome Robbins Broadway, Mamma Mia!; The Buddy Holly Story, Grease, Mary Poppins, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street, Godspell, White Christmas, Damn Yankees, Sleeping Beauty, Singin’ in the Rain, and many more. National tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, Cinderella, White Christmas and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Other regional: Into the Woods (Theatrezone), Roman Holiday (Guthrie Theater), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Music Theatre Wichita), Fiddler on the Roof (AMT San Jose), A Chorus Line (Pioneer Theatre Company), The Full Monty (North Carolina Theatre). Voice director: Christmas Concert Series for the Detroit, National and Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. He is the music director for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
PAIGE HATHAWAY (Scenic Design)
LEON DOBKOWSKI (Costume Design)
ROB DENTON (Lighting Design)
is thrilled to be back for his eighth season. Select Muny designs include: An Evening with the Stars, Jersey Boys, Meet Me In St Louis, A Chorus Line and Seussical. Regional design credits include: The Will Rogers Follies (Goodspeed Musicals), Oslo and The Humans (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and South Pacific (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Girlfriend and The Wolves (TheaterWorks), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (TUTS), Red Maple (Capital Repertory Theatre), La bohème and The Barber of Seville (Opera San Antonio), The Daughter of the Regiment (Atlanta Opera). Upcoming lighting designs include: Tosca (Opera San Antonio), The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula (Maltz Jupiter Theatre) and The Buddy Holly Story (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park).
JOHN SHIVERS (Sound Design)
Credits: Pretty Woman, Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, The Muny 2015 – 2019 seasons, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award), Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Bonnie & Clyde, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, In My Life and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. International: The Secret, Tarzan, Das Wunder von Bern, The Lion King (Shanghai, Singapore). Regional: Rock of Ages, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Moonshine, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods. He’s enjoyed collaborations with Savion Glover, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Gregory Hines and engineering at Electric Lady Studios. John’s proudest production, however, is his gem of a daughter, Ruby.
DAVID PATRIDGE (Sound Design)
Broadway: Holler If Ya Hear Me, Soul Doctor. US tours: Flashdance, Mamma Mia!; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat. Regional: Rock of Ages, 42nd Street, The Heart of Rock & Roll, The Muny 2015-2019 seasons, First Wives Club, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Sammy, Ace, Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, Miss Saigon. International: Das Wunder von Bern. Associate Sound Design: Pretty Woman, Paramour, Kinky Boots, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Leap of Faith, Bonnie & Clyde, We Will Rock You, Sister Act, Come Fly Away, 9 to 5, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!; Tarzan, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and In My Life.
NATHAN W. SCHEUER (Video Design)
Thrilled to be back for Season 101. Muny: Jerome Robbins Broadway, Gypsy, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, Holiday Inn, Seussical, Spamalot. Other select credits: Oslo (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Tosca (NY Opera Society), A Taste of Things to Come (Broadway Playhouse), Halcyon Days (Oberon), Sister Act, Have You Met Miss Jones? (New Theatre), Lord Tom (The York), The Evolution of Mann, Shoes and Baggage (Cell), Spamalot (Arkansas Repertory), Water by the Spoonful (TheatreSquared). Nathan has also had the pleasure of working with Barry Manilow, Toby Keith, Alice Cooper and Selena Gomez, as well as for Center Theatre Group, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and Paris Opera Ballet. USA 829 Proud Member.