New theater group based in Christ takes over “Matilda”

Jenna Wallace as Matilda listens to Haley Jarvis, who plays Miss Honey, singing with strength and emotion. (Kristen Hannum / Catholic Guardian)

Cali Thoman, a young member of the St. Henry Parish in Gresham, plays Nigel, Matilda’s brave, mischievous, and impetuous friend. (Kristen Hannum / Catholic Guardian)

Agatha Trunchbull, the cruel headmistress, is played by Emery Van Sick-e. The role was played by a number of comic book protagonists on Broadway, and Van Sickle continues the tradition with relish. “The problem with kids these days is that their parents seem to like them,” he notes with disgust. (Kristen Hannum / Catholic Guardian)

Matilda, played by Jenna Wallace, lives in a world where adults, including their parents, are self-centered and cruel.  The musical is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's book

Matilda, played by Jenna Wallace, lives in a world where adults, including their parents, are self-centered and cruel. The musical is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book “Matilda” and is characterized by its characteristic ability to bring humor into dark circumstances. (Kristen Hannum / Catholic Guardian)

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