School show brings Matilda to life

MORE than 60 pupils from Mangotsfield School took part in a production of hit show Matilda the Musical.

Teachers ‘double-cast’ the lead roles to give more students the opportunity to perform in the show, which is based on Roald Dahl’s classic story of a schoolgirl with magical powers who takes on a tyrannical headmistress.

The show was performed to parents as well as children from nearby primary schools, including Barley Close.

School head of drama Helen Garner said: “I was really impressed with how the students supported each other throughout the rehearsal and production period. 

“Well-known numbers such as Revolting Children, When I Grow Up and Naughty wowed audiences, along with excellent comic performances.

“The set design was an array of colourful letters, which would cleverly be moved by the cast to spell out words appropriate to different scenes.

“The first large-scale production since covid, this was a real team effort, with staff and students pulling together to get the show on the road – rehearsing, painting and building in the evenings and weekends.

“We hope this will now continue the tradition of regular and top-level drama productions at Mangotsfield School.”