Students participating in Woodlawn Arts Academy’s summer musical theater intensive rehearse songs and choreography for their upcoming performances of “Matilda the Musical Jr.” The show will be performed June 28-30 at Centennial Auditorium, Sterling High School.

Woodlawn to Present ‘Matilda the Musical Jr.’


STERLING –Woodlawn Arts Academy is getting ready to present its summer musical theater production, Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical Jr.”
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The performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30 at Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School.

Tickets are $8 each and are scheduled to go on sale on June 17 at A processing fee will be applied to online ticket purchases. Tickets also will be available at the door.

“Matilda The Musical Jr.” features a diverse group of performers from Rock Falls, Sterling, Dixon and Polo. A total of 49 students will be performing under the direction of Faith Morrison, music director Mardi Huffstutler, and assistant directors Jordann Langner and Grace Wadsworth.

Woodlawn Arts Academy is an agency of United Way of Whiteside and Lee counties, and financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Details on the Academy’s programming and financial assistance applications are available in the Academy office or on the website. The Academy’s programs are partially funded by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Chicago Community Trust.

From MTI Shows: Rebellion is nigh in this gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the “revolting children” who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson.

Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence and special powers! She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. 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!

Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

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