Matilda Auditions

The Grand Opera House Announces Auditions for

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

PERFORMANCES: June 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19 @ 7:30 PM and June 13 & 20 @ 2:00 PM

Director: Michelle Blanchard
Music Directors: Jill Klinebriel & Terry Dillon
Choreographer: Mandy Brosius

Auditions:

*Please note: all auditions will be scheduled by appointment, please contact the business office at (563) 588-4356 between 9am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday to schedule your audition or email office@thegrandoperahouse.com. If emailing please state the date you would like to audition, and provide your name, email, and if you are underage the contact information of a legal guardian. An appointment time will be assigned to you with a confirmation email.

Saturday, April 10th
All Ages Auditions start at 12:00pm and will be by appointment

Sunday, April 11th
All Ages Auditions start at 4:00pm and will be by appointment

Callbacks

Tuesday, April 13th
Beginning at 6:00pm

Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter though the alley entrance located between Locust and Main.  When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor.  The rooms are right at the top of the stairs. 

What to prepare:

  • Actors should prepare a 1 min cut (approximately 32 bars) of a musical theater song in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music in the correct key, an accompanist will be provided. 
  • Actors may be asked to read from a selection of short sides. See links for these sides below the character descriptions. Paper copies will be available at the auditions
  • All actors should review the dance audition posted at https://youtu.be/jYB_DT0sPCE and be prepared to perform it in the audition.
  • If you have any special skills, such as juggling, acrobatics, ability to perform magic tricks, or anything else you think may contribute to the show, please be prepared to show us these skills.

*An advanced combination may be taught during callbacks for those being considered for major dancing roles.

Seeking Actors, Singers and Dancers to Play:

Matilda Wormwood: (Mezzo) An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched. We are looking for a strong singer and actor who shows a high level of confidence. Appears age: 7 to 11

Miss Agatha Trunchbull: (Tenor) The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda’s school who despises children. Good physical actor with good comedic timing.(This character is traditionally cast as a man dressed as a woman) Gender: Any

Miss Honey: (Mezzo) Matilda’s kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull. Strong singer with a sweet sincerity.

Mr. Wormwood: (Tenor)  Matilda’s uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman. This actor will need to be able to improv and feel comfortable interacting with the audience.

Mrs. Wormwood: (High Belter) Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer. Needs to be able to perform a high energy dance while “belting her face off.”

Michael Wormwood:   Matilda’s older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents. Looking for a young actor with deadpan comedic timing. Appears to be early teens.

Bruce: (Boy Soprano) Matilda’s classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull. Preferably able to burp on command and a strong singer. Appears to be a contemporary of Matilda (7 – 11 years old)

Lavender: Matilda’s classmate and best friend. Strong actress with high energy. Appears to be a contemporary of Matilda (7 – 11 years old)

Mrs. Phelps:  A kind-hearted librarian who Matilda confides in. Will also be a part of the Ensemble.  

The Escapologist: (Baritone)  A father figure in the story Matilda tells Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Confident performer, will also be a part of the Ensemble. This role will double with the Children’s Entertainer

The Acrobat: (Alto) A mother figure in the story Matilda tells Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Acrobatic skills a plus (but not required) – these may include aerial silks, contortion, gymnastics, acro dance etc. Also part of the Ensemble.

Rudolpho: (High Tenor) Mrs. Wormwood’s ballroom dance partner.  Mrs. Wormwood’s dance partner.  Should have a flare for character comedy, accents, and have great vocal and dance stamina. Will also be a part of the Ensemble

Doctor: (Tenor)  Mrs. Wormwood’s Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda. Leads Soulful Pop-Ballad style song. Looking for a strong singer and confident performer. Will also be a part of the Ensemble.

Children’s Entertainer: (Baritone) A party entertainer at the start of the show. Party tricks are a plus (but not required) – these may include juggling, making balloon animals, other clowning skills. Will also be a part of the Ensemble. This role will double with the Escapologist.

Sergei/Adult Ensemble: Head of the Russian mob. Must be willing to attempt a Russian Accent. Will also be a part of the Ensemble

Student Ensemble: Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy, and additional classmates of Matilda. Looking for quirky kids who appear to be contemporaries of Matilda (6 – 11 years old). Strong singers who are willing to have some fun with physical comedy.

Ensemble:  Looking for versatile performers willing to take on several roles that include singing and dancing. Will embody several characters each may include but is not limited to: Parents, characters in Matilda’s imagination, a cook, henchmen/henchwomen, ballroom dancers, and dance judges.

Auditions Sides

Anyone who would like to be considered for Matilda, Lavender, or the Student Ensemble

Anyone who would like to be considered for Miss Honey, Mrs. Phelps, or the Adult Ensemble

Anyone who would like to be considered for Miss Trunchbull or Mrs. Wormwood

Anyone who would like to be considered for Bruce, Nigel, Michael Wormwood, or the Student Ensemble

Anyone who would like to be considered for Mr. Wormwood, Rudolpho, or the Adult Ensemble

Submit a video Audition

Actors unable to attend auditions may submit an audition video to director@thegrandoperahouse.com.  Video submissions should contain 32 bars of a musical theater song in the style of the show showcasing range, the dance audition, and a reading of at least one of the selected pieces provided. If you have any special skills you would like to showcase, please include them in your video submission. Video submissions must be received no later than Friday, April 9th.

Rehearsals

Full Company rehearsals will begin Sunday, May 2nd, 2021.

Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between May 2nd and June 6th. Availability for dress/technical rehearsals June 7-10, 2021 and all performances is mandatory.  Rehearsals will typically run Sunday – Thursday.

A note on safety:

All those auditioning will be required to wear a mask while in the audition rooms. Masks may be briefly removed while singing. We ask that no guests be brought into the audition rooms, those auditioning who need an adult to accompany them are asked to limit this to one person, and every attempt be made to limit the number of people in the space.

During rehearsals, cast will be required to wear masks and every effort will be made to socially distance. As this is a quickly changing situation, we are waiting to make the decision about wearing masks in performance until we are closer to the dates of performance. When making this decision we will take into consideration the availability of the vaccine, and comfort level of cast and crew.