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'Matilda' is coming to the Peace Center

When we took our kids to New York, we wanted to choose a show that would be kid-friendly, but a great introduction to Broadway. We chose “Matilda.”

Based on the novel by Ronald Dahl, “Matilda” tells the story of a gifted and magical little girl who is misunderstood at home and by many at school.

The story has all of the elements of a good show — fun, upbeat music, nasty antagonists, a protagonist to admire, a story line that kids will love, and of course, magic. Children will relate to the song, “When I Grow Up,” as they fantasize about all the things they want to do when they grow up. Adults and children will cheer as Matilda outwits the evil headmistress, Ms. Trunchbull.

Parents should be aware that there are dark moments in the show.

The parents and headmistress are cruel to Matilda and the plot line may be difficult for very young children to follow. The show bills itself as suitable for ages 6 and up. I would recommend it for ages 8 and up. The show presents a great opportunity for discussion. We read the book prior to seeing the show and that added a lot to our experience. Our teenage boys both loved the show and so did we.

You can see the show without going to New York. The Broadway touring company will be at Greenville’s Peace Center Feb. 2-7 and at Charlotte’s Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Feb. 9-16.

Find more information on tickets and dates at the Peace Center website.