Cameron Catalfamo, 10, plays the lead role of Matilda and Graysen Braun is her nasty teacher Miss Trunchbull in the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts production of Matilda the Musical. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

CSOPA brings big show about a small girl to Chilliwack Cultural Centre with Roald Dahl’s Matilda

The musical is about a ‘very tiny human overcoming a great lot of things,’ says director Lisa Braun

“Even if you’re little, you can do a lot. You mustn’t let a little thing like ‘little’ stop you.”

Those are some of the lyrics to the song Naughty in Matilda the Musical, and Cameron Catalfamo who plays the lead role in the upcoming production of the Roald Dahl story is living by those words.

The show is being presented by Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) from Jan. 15 to Jan. 26 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

The musical tells the story of five-year-old Matilda, a small, intelligent girl who lives in a house where her parents Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood despise her, and goes to school where she’s taught under her wretched teacher Miss Agatha Trunchbull.

“Matilda’s family is very anti-learning, anti-books and very pro-television,” director Lisa Braun said.

Despite Matilda’s small size and her being bullied by the people who are supposed to encourage her, she realizes she has big powers which she uses to her advantage to better her personal life and school life.

Matilda creates her world, her path and her life on her own and she’s only five years old, Braun said. The story is about a “very tiny human overcoming a great lot of things.”

“Cameron is a lot like Matilda, she has a very strong natural work ethic. She really does like reading, she has a lot to say,” Braun said about the 10-year-old actor.

Cameron, who has been with CSOPA for five years, has been working non-stop to perfect her character. She’s even learned some Russian.

Graysen Braun, 16, also has a huge role in the play. He plays Miss Agatha Trunchbull, Matilda’s evil teacher who refers to her pupils as “maggots.”

“She tries to give them discipline while also trying to be a lady at the same time which has some funny outcomes to the scenes,” Graysen said of Trunchbull.

She’s everything you shouldn’t be as a teacher. Trunchbull’s belief is “to teach the child, we must first break the child,” Braun added.

The book Matilda was written by Roald Dahl in 1988. The movie came out in 1996, followed by the musical in 2010.

The musical is much more light-hearted and silly than the book. There are lots of lovely moments to counterbalance the scenes of tension, like the Wormwoods who are a laugh a second and Mrs. Phelps the librarian who is great comedic relief.

With functioning swings used in a playground scene, plus a lot of magic tricks and circus acts, the play is technically difficult, the director adds. Fortunately, CSOPA was gifted many props such as books, paintings and scooters, from the Vancouver Arts Club following their production of Matilda last year.

“I think as adults sometimes we forget how scary the world can appear to children,” Braun said.

But Matilda is the eye of the storm in a tornado circling around her.

“What it comes down to, is good will triumph over evil if you believe it will.”

CSOPA presents Matilda the Musical from Jan. 15 to Jan. 26 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Previews: Jan. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. Show times: Jan. 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $24.30/adult and $20.30 for students/seniors; preview (Jan. 15 and 16 only) $13.30. Ticket’s available at the Centre Box Office, online at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by phone at 604-391-SHOW(7469).

RELATED: New radio play comes to Cultural Centre after successful first one by Chilliwack Players Guild

RELATED: Boomerang highlights musical talent from up-and-coming Chilliwack artists at Cultural Centre


 

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on?
Email: jenna.hauck@theprogress.com
Twitter: @PhotoJennalism

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Young actors with Chilliwack School of Performing Arts rehearse a scene from Matilda the Musical where the bullies taunt the new kids. CSOPA presents the play Jan. 15 to Jan. 26 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Cameron Catalfamo, 10, plays the lead role of Matilda and Graysen Braun is her nasty teacher Miss Trunchbull in the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts production of Matilda the Musical. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Young actors with Chilliwack School of Performing Arts rehearse a scene from Matilda the Musical where the bullies taunt the new kids. CSOPA presents the play Jan. 15 to Jan. 26 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Just Posted

VIDEO: District of Kent reenacts 1895 meeting

Event kicks off year-long celebration of 125 years as district

Hope-raised NHL official among BC Hockey Hall of Fame inductees

Jay Sharrers officiated 1,419 regular NHL games, plus Stanley Cup finals and Olympics

Sasquatch Mountain Aussie Day celebration raises $800

Proceeds of bikini runs, toonie tosses and more go to wildfire victims

How would crowded Fraser Valley hospitals deal with patient surge? Officials won’t say

Amid coronavirus case and crowding issues, health officials won’t say where more patients would go

DNA confirms SUV struck and killed Abbotsford cyclist in 2015, court hears

Kerry Froese operated company that owned vehicle that struck and killed Ronald James Scott in 2015

VIDEO: Feds look to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Party bus door fault for years ahead of Langley woman’s death: Coroner

Tuesday report classifed Chelsea James’ death accidental, but was critical of bus inspection process

Sap thief taps Saanich park maple trees, faces hefty fine

One tree found with four taps in Mount Doug Park

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Uber threatens legal action to ‘defend its right’ to operate in Surrey

‘I have no concerns,’ Mayor Doug McCallum replies

Victoria resident says WestJet employee uttered racist comment, refused to let her on plane

Customer claims she was told ‘You guys can’t handle your alcohol’ by WestJet employee

Bystander who tried to help dog being attacked not liable for its death: B.C. tribunal

Owner of dog killed tried to get $5,000 in damages from man who tried to save it

INFOGRAPHIC: See how fast your B.C. city grew in 2019

The province’s fastest-growing municipalities were located on Vancouver Island

Landowner hearings begin for Trans Mountain expansion in Alberta

Detailed route talks start in Spruce Grove, in B.C. communities soon

Most Read