Auditions held for 2021 Dramatic Society production
September 17, 2021

Aspiring performing artists at Rydal Penrhos took part in auditions for the school’s upcoming Dramatic Society production of Matilda the Musical.

Rydal Penrhos has wowed audiences over the years with some Dramatic Society plays and musicals that have formed a key component of the school’s illustrious history regarding the performing arts. These productions are always one of the most anticipated events on the calendar, with the likes of To Kill a Mockingbird, Annie the Musical and Les Miserables becoming incredible spectacles and a real showcase of confidence.

Although concerts, performances and sporting fixtures were put on hold over the last 19 months due to COVID-19 and safety precautions, the school has been putting plans in place for big events further down the line whilst keeping a close eye on restrictions, which have eased significantly to start the new academic year.

This includes the upcoming Rydal Penrhos Dramatic Society (Years 7-13) production of Matilda the Musical, which will take place from 1-3 December and promises to be yet another show not to miss.

Matilda is being held a little earlier than usual performances, with the change giving pupils more time to focus on examinations during the spring term and also allowing every year group an opportunity to participate.

Those looking for roles in the production took part in a special audition on Monday 13 September, which saw a plethora of pupils demonstrate what they could potentially bring to the cast.

There’s a mix of leading roles – both singing and non-singing – as well as lots of supporting roles. Head of Drama Rachel Jones and other staff working on the production will now cast pupils in specific parts before the all-important rehearsals get underway.

Matilda was originally a book created by legendary children’s author Roald Dahl in 1988 before becoming a feature film in 1996 and transformed into a stage musical in 2010.

The story itself centres on Matilda, who shares a home with her parents and brother, who do not appreciate her. When the Principal tortures her and her kind-hearted teacher, she uses her telekinetic powers to settle scores.

This promises to be another outstanding production that everyone at Rydal Penrhos is very much looking forward to later this year.


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