MATILDA on stage of The Studio Theatre from June 6 to 23

Image may contain: 5 people, indoorThe Studio Theatre, in proud partnership with Barnes & Noble, presents MATILDA the MUSICAL June 6-23, 2019! C

urtain for evening performances is 7:30pm, and 2:30pm for matinees. Box office opens one hour prior to curtain.

MATILDA the MUSICAL is sponsored by: Arkansas Women’s Center, The Wonder Place, Advanced Allergy & Asthma, Apartment Hunters, and The Toggery!

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 loveable 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!

The cast includes Berkeley Courtney-Moore, Marcia Brown, Duane Jackson, Rosalyn Williams, Cory Williams, Maggie Garrett, Isaac Sides, and Harper Keith.

Others in the cast are Jake Coffman, Brooklyn Courtney-Moore, Maddie Lentz, Gabrielle Neafsey, Ethan Patterson, Matthew Sewell, Sharayah Wallace, Hailey Weiner, and Bryce Wrote.

There are two casts of children playing students, one the Naughty Cast, the other the Miracle Cast.

The Naughty Cast plays June 7, 8 (evening), 13, 15 (matinee), 16, 21, and 22 (evening). It includes Sydney Crary, Libby Golleher, Erin Johnston, JD Kirby, John Isaac Small, and Beckham Wolf.

The Miracle Cast plays June 6, 8 (matinee), 9, 14, 15 (evening), 20, 22 (matinee) and 23.  It includes Reagan McCartney, Melissa Hutchinson, Emily Jones, Eli Lancaster, David Garrett and Xander Lucas.

Tickets can be purchased here.

TONY AWARDS tonight — Some Arkansas connections

TonyAwards-328x253.328.254The American Theatre Wing and Broadway League present the 67th Antoinette Perry Awards – also known as the Tony Awards – tonight. They will be aired on CBS (THV11 in Central Arkansas) at 7pm CDT.

There are a few Arkansas connections to this year’s nominees of the best of Broadway.

Arkansas natives and previous Tony winners Will Trice and Remmel T. Dickinson are each nominated again this year for producing. Trice is one of the producers of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, nominated for Best Revival of a Play. Dickinson is a producer of Best Musical nominee Matilda. Both of those productions received multiple Tony nominations.

Tony winner Roger Horchow of Texas was married for nearly 50 years to Little Rock native Carolyn Pfeifer, until her 2009 death. Horchow and his daughter Sally are both nominated for producing the revival of Annie which is currently pleasing crowds on Broadway.

Chet Walker is nominated for his choreography for the revival of Pippin. Walker’s parents live in Maumelle. He has been a guest instructor for the Arkansas Dance Network. (Thanks to Christen Burke Pitts–herself an outstanding choreographer–for pointing out this Arkansas connection.)

Japhy Weideman is nominated for Best Lighting Design of a Play for his work on the new play The Nance. This is his first Tony nomination and his first season to be lighting plays on Broadway. He has previously received acclaim for his work Off Broadway. Weideman has been a lighting designer at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in the past.

One final nominee with an Arkansas connection. A couple of years ago, the Clinton School of Public Service brought actor Holland Taylor to Little Rock to discuss her play Ann about Texas Gov. Ann Richards. At that point in time, Ms. Taylor was performing the play throughout the country, but she did not know if it would be performed in New York. It made it to Broadway this season, and she received a Tony nomination for Actress in a Play for her work.

Whether these nominees win or lose tonight, it is a testament to Little Rock’s cultural richness that there are several nominees this year with connections to The Rock.