Hickory – After a week off for Oktoberfest weekend, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is back on stage at the Hickory Community Theatre, starting with a Thursday night performance on October 17 at 7:30pm. Performances continue on Thursdays through Sundays until October 27. Call 828-328-2283 or visit hickorytheatre.org to purchase tickets.

Roald Dahl’s children’s novel Matilda is the story of a very bright and rebellious little girl, with special powers. Matilda’s parents, Mr and Mrs Wormwood, have no time for her and treat her as a nuisance. Her older brother Michael has ruined his brain watching television and can’t say a complete sentence. Matilda spends most of her time reading books from the library, while Mrs. Wormwood spends her time with dance lessons and Mr Wormwood sells dodgy used cars. At school things are no better as despite the care and support of her teacher, the lovely Miss Honey, Matilda has to contend with the terrifying headmistress Miss Trunchbull who rules the school with cruelty and fear. Matilda fights against the injustices at home and at school. Eventually she decides the grown-ups should be taught a lesson and in the process discovers her supernatural powers.

Performances of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical are Thursdays (Oct 17 & 24) at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays (Oct 18, 19, 25 & 26) at 8:00pm, and Sundays (Oct 20 & 27) at 2:30pm and.

Tickets for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students and youth 18 & under. Thursday night tickets are $16 for all adults and $10 for students and youth 18 & under. Call the box office at 828-328-2283 or visit hickorytheatre.org to purchase tickets or get more information.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is produced by Alex Lee, Inc. A Cleaner World, Paramount Automotive, the City of Hickory and Sunbelt Xpress sponsor the 2019-2020 Season.

PHOTO: Miss Trunchbull (Jeremy Whitener) experiences supernatural happenings while her young students (Maryella Rosko, Gabriel Denig, Chance Carter, Leah Harper, Maddox Anderson, Rian Rogers, Sarah Brooks and Chance Carter) look on in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. Photo by Ken Burns.