Matilda: Helena College students star as little characters in big play

Chloe Cormack and Elianie Watson as Matilda with teacher Adriana Martino and 12 of the performers in the cast of 65 to perform at the Regal Theatre in Perth.  Picture: David Baylis.
Chloe Cormack and Elianie Watson as Matilda with teacher Adriana Martino and 12 of the performers in the cast of 65 to perform at the Regal Theatre in Perth. Picture: David Baylis.

HELENA College students are very excited after rehearsing for Matilda in the Wakakirri Festival to be performed at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco on Wednesday, August 17.

Teacher Adriana Martino said the students had been rehearsing for the Term 3 performance since Term 1 and were very polished and professional in their approach to their dance.

“There are 65 students in the production ranging in age from Year 2 to Year 6 and they are all wonderful dancers and performers,” Ms Martino said.

“They have done brilliantly in rehearsals and are a very dedicated and committed group of students.”

Based on the Roald Dahl novel Matilda the young genius is trying hard to follow her dreams but her parents are too distracted to notice.

Ms Martino said she chose the story because of the underlying message to children to “never give up on what you believe”.

“It’s my favourite story from my childhood,” she said.

She said this year’s theme was the Star and the students would participate in the Primary School Challenge and could dance their stories to share with the world through the Wakakirri website, which invited schools to share rehearsals on its social media sites.

Judging by the enthusiasm of the students’ in the production, they have come to love the children’s book classic as much as their mentor and dance teacher.

The mean and horrible headmistress at Matilda’s school, Miss Trunchbull is a bully towards her, Miss Honey, Mr Wormwood and the other students so Matilda uses her telekinetic powers to take her down and it’s all shown through dance.

West Australian audiences will delight in the student’s performance at the Regal Theatre August 17 with the Awards Night held on September 13 at the same venue.