‘Matilda’ cast hits it out of the park

March 24, 2023

What do four swings, dozens of scooters and a high-flying acrobat clad in metallic clothing have in common?

Answer: A staged musical theater performance of “Matilda” at Cape Henlopen High School.

My husband and I are semi-retired transplants from Jersey. No apologies. We love our new home of 10 years. We’ve got three grown kids and grandchildren. We’ve got no relatives in any of the schools in the district. We attend a few basketball and football games throughout the season to support the local kids.

Having kids who grew up in the choirs and drama, in and out of school, and one kid who performed professionally for years, you’d think we would have attended a theater performance or music concert at the high school, but we hadn’t. Maybe we were worn out from the honks and squeaks of the horn section or grew weary of the 23rd performance of “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.” Don’t get me wrong; we’ve heard incredible music during the hundreds of performances, from elementary school to Broadway and everything in between. I guess the time was right to get back to the theater.

We attended the matinee performance of “Matilda” at Cape Henlopen High School. A $10 ticket bought us two hours of a fantastic array of vocal abilities, a pit full of incredible musicians and some pretty well-performed, silly characters. These kids were all in! From the precision of the stage crew to choreographed ensemble numbers, they had us captivated.

Bravo, staff and students. Well done. We look forward to attending more of your performances, and we encourage you, the reader, to watch for opportunities to support your local kids. Who knows, you might just see one of these kids performing on the Minskoff Theatre stage on Broadway.

Karen and Robert Mitchell
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