A local theater company produced a sold-out run of “Matilda the Musical”


Jessica Brady, Staff Writer

Community theatre made its return to the Poconos! 

Over the Fall Break, In2YouArts’ production of “Matilda the Musical” took the stage at Fusia Center for the Arts’ newly renovated black box theatre. 

According to the show’s official website, Matilda the Musical is a story about “a genius who is born into a less than brilliant family. Her dad is a car salesman with a few scruples loose, and her mum is an amateur ballroom dancer who values looks over books- not a great match for a girl who reads Dostoyevsky in the original Russian.

Things only get worse when Matilda’s parents send her to school at the ghastly Crunchem Hall. There she meets the tyrannical headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Faced with these ridiculously rotten circumstances, Matilda bravely decides to take action. With the help of her friends, and her kind-hearted teacher, Miss Honey, this miraculous girl inspires a little revolution, proving that everyone has the power to change their story.”

The cast of Matilda was more than ready to perform their sold-out weekend. The cast had started rehearsals in January 2020, but like so many other shows worldwide, their production came to a screeching halt as the COVID-19 pandemic began to take over everyone’s lives across the globe. After being postponed three different times, the cast and crew finally got their time to shine!

Mabel Vough, who plays the role of Matilda in this local adaptation, is ecstatic to be bringing the character to life. “Matilda is incredibly special to me.”, said Vough. “Her parents were so cruel to her, but she still wanted to help people.” 

She was so strong — even when she had everything against her, she was still able to push it all back and come out on top, which I think is so magical.

— Mabel Vough

Owner and founder of In2YouArts, Adrianna Stigliano Beers was also beyond excited to finally present Matilda to the community. The musical was a dream production to do for Stigliano Beers because of the “magic, remarkable storytelling, and incredible message sent to the audience.”

Stigliano Beers also spoke about the ways the pandemic had changed the way her theatre company operates.

“It [the COVID-19 pandemic] has drastically changed live theatre us,” said Stigliano Beers. “We were originally set to do the show in a theatre that held over 200 people, but after a lot of consideration, we decided to keep it in our home here at In2YouArts!”