Making A Dramatic Difference
The CenterPoint Academy motto is “You Belong Here,” and nobody knows that better than the 716 people, ages 3-18, that we train in performing arts. What we really teach them, however, is how to be the awesomest version of themselves.
While the performing arts training, we offer is top-notch, taught by the best local working artists, the end result for the vast majority of our students isn’t the Broadway stage.
Instead, we use the arts to teach lessons that matter in any facet of life – confidence, discipline, leadership, self-esteem, teamwork, friendship, and creativity. Our students learn these universally-relevant skills and become assets wherever they go – at school, at work, at church, and at home.
The Academy provides unique performance opportunities to these students on the CenterPoint Theatre stages, performing for more than 15,000 people per year, in over 125 performances of more than a dozen different shows.
ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Academy Directors – Danny & Wendy Inkley
Director – Danny Inkley
Producer – Jana Plowman
Musical Director – Jessica Love
Choreographer – Bailee DeYoung
Stage Manager – Kristina Boler
Technical Director – Derek Walden
Lighting Design – Jordan Fowler
Sound Design – Derek Walden
Projection Design – Josh Roberts
Scenic Design – Truxton Moulton
Scenic Charge Artist – Cynthia Klumpp
Scenic Painter – Janae Gibb
Costume Design – Janell Roundy
Props – Marilyn Montgomery
There’s so much to love about watching these beautiful young people tell the story of Matilda, but I think my favorite thing is hearing them talk about the lessons that they are learning from it. This show is noisy and dark and scary and silly and hilarious and heartfelt, and I love hearing how some pretty important themes have impacted these kids, real things like kindness and authenticity and standing up for yourself and play.
That’s why we do this stuff, to help these talented, energetic, awesome people along their journey to becoming the best version of themselves.
As you’re watching tonight, I think it’ll do your soul some good to just pay attention to the words. They’re beautiful and clever and inspiring.
Here’s a list of some of the greatest hits:
“Even if you’re little, you can do a lot. You mustn’t let a little thing like little stop you.”
“And when it’s cold and bleak, I feel no fear, even in the fiercest storm. I am warmed by a small but stubborn fire. Even when outside, it’s freezing, I don’t pay much heed. I know that everything I need is in here.”
“Just because I find myself in this story, it doesn’t mean that everything is written for me.”
“When I grow up, I will be strong enough to carry all the heavy things you have to haul around with you when you’re a grown-up. And when I grow up, I will be brave enough to fight the creatures that you have to fight beneath the bed each night to be a grown-up!”
“And Matilda leaped into Miss Honey’s arms and hugged her. And Miss Honey hugged her back. And they hardly noticed as Wormwoods and Rudolpho sped away into the distance. Because they had found each other. Yes. They’d found each other.”
Let’s kick this pig!
Scene 1 – Miracle
Scene 2 – Naughty
Scene 3 – Acrobat Story I (Part 1)
Scene 4 – School Song, Hammer
Scene 5 – Naughty-Superglue (Part 2)
Scene 6 – Chokey Chant
Scene 7 – Wormwood Motors
Scene 8 – This Little Girl
Scene 9 –Acrobat Story II
Scene 10 – Bruce (Part 1)
Scene 11 – Acrobat Story III
Scene 12 – When I Grow Up
Scene 13 – Acrobat Story IV
Scene 14 – The Smell of Rebellion, Quiet
Scene 15 – Revolting Children
|Character - Session 11||Name|
|Miss Honey||Ciel Hansen|
|Mrs Wormwood||Erin Stewart|
|Mr Wormwood||Ryker Thompson|
|Michael Wormwood/Big Kid||Harrison Jones|
|Rudolfo/Parent/Big Kid||Jonas Gill|
|Mrs Phelps/Parent||Kay Fullmer|
|Escapologist/Parent/Big Kid||Isaiah Kimball|
|Acrobat/Parent/Big Kid||Gini Nelson|
|Kid 1 (Sally)||Molly Nybo|
|Kid 2 (Becky)||Cady Conover|
|Kid 3 (Poppy)||Hailey Bradley|
|Kid 4 (Mary)||Ella Backes|
|Kid 5 (Imogen)||Jenna Ferguson|
|Kid 6 (Florence)||Lizz Hardy|
|Parent/Big Kid/Sergei||Carly McBride|
|Parent/Big Kid (Lottie)/Circus Performer||Isabella Cahoon|
|Parent/Big Kid 3 (Felicity)/Circus Performer||Alivia Petersen|
|Parent/Big Kid (Jane)/Circus Performer||Maddie Davis|
|Parent/Big Kid (Elsie)/Circus Performer||Savannah Everts|
|Parent/Big Kid (Margaret)/Circus Performer||Savannah Hatch|
|Parent/Big Kid/Cook||Emily Jacobson|
|Parent/Big Kid/Mechanic||Emma Lewis|
|Parent/Big Kid 2 (Phoebe)/Russian||Cambell Showalter|
|Parent/Big Kid 1 (Daisy)/Russian||Kaity Nelson|
|Parent/Big Kid (Thea)/Russian||Sophie Anderson|
We are thrilled about our upcoming 2022 Season at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre. Whether you are a long-time part of our CPT family or a new season ticket holder, the lineup for 2022 is packed with shows that will keep you coming back again and again.
They say laughter is the best medicine, so get ready for a much-needed dose delivered up in The Play That Goes Wrong. Set in the 1920s, the actors of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society do their level best to uphold the time-honored adage that “the show must go on” as they present to you the opening night of “Murder at Haversham Manor”. Quickly things go from bad to disastrous, and with an unconscious leading lady, a corpse who can’t seem to play dead, and actors who not only trip over their lines, but everything else on stage, you have the recipe for a riotous dose of healing laughter!
It’s IMPOSSIBLE not to love the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. This beautifully staged show is filled with romance, hope, unforgettable melodies, and of course, magic. It’s the perfect show for the whole family!
Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers and sons, and the stories we use to define and shape our lives. The music is as beautiful and powerful as the story, and you just may walk away with some new favorites.
Go Go Go Joe! One of the most enduring musicals of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers, and the envy of their favored brother with his coat of many colors. Written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this show is a musically eclectic journey masterfully told using different genres of memorable tunes you’ll be singing long after. Joseph is a great show for the entire family.
Bright Star is a beautifully written musical about a young woman growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We see her first as a young carefree woman and then watch how her life changes as she becomes a well-to-do magazine editor 22 years later. Her story is inevitably woven with that of an idealistic young man named Billy, with whom she shares a mysterious connection. The bluegrass score, (written by actor Steve Martin and Edie Brickell) provides a rich musical palette with which this story is painted.
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to see Elf, The Musical. This wildly popular musical is packed with all the magical ingredients needed for the perfect start to your Christmas season. Come along with Buddy the Elf on his adventure to find his dad and ultimately save Christmas!
The Academy Fan Club is our theatre guild. It’s a group of grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and other Academy fans. It’s designed to take the incredible spirit of volunteerism and support here and to organize it in a more formal, effective way. The Fan Club supports the Academy with teaching, feeding, building, breaking down, costuming, propping, teaching, fundraising, and other cool things that make the Academy awesome.
Most of these Fan Club opportunities don’t take much time, but they make a real difference. You can see more about the Fan Club here:
Most importantly, WE LOVE GRANDPARENTS!!!
Grandparents are some of our biggest fans, and lots of our interest in even forming the Fan Club was to involve the grands. We want to include as many of them as possible.
To get involved, you can sign up online at the link above. And if you have questions, feel free to email Margo Beecher at: email@example.com
Come play with CenterPoint Academy!
Auditions will take place by appointment from 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon. The show runs March 13th through April 11th. Shelby Ferrin will direct, Aaron Ford will choreograph and Tara Wardle will music direct.
Bring any conflicts from January 6th through April 11th along with a headshot and resume to auditions. Callbacks are scheduled for Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th. Rehearsals will start Monday, January 13th.
Auditions are open to all performers 8 years and older. Children are encouraged to audition with a parent or guardian. All roles are open. Come prepared to sing 30 seconds or less of a song in the style of the show. Live accompaniment will be provided. No pre-recorded music please.
Auditions will take place at the theatre located at 525 North, 400 West in Centerville. Enter in the building on the west side basement entrance. Please email the theatre at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition time.
Note: ages listed are approximate and represent how the characters read onstage, not necessarily the ages of the performers. Please note, where applicable, any requirements for on-stage intimacy or physicality.
MALE ROLES: HAROLD HILL: Smooth-talking con man and traveling salesman who beguiles the town before falling in love with Marian; overflowing with charm and charisma; kisses Marian; physically struggles with Charlie Cowell. RANGE: Ab2-F4, AGE: 30-45
MARCELLUS WASHBURN: Former con man and friend to Harold, now trying to settle down in River City; immensely likeable with comic timing; kisses Ethel; physically struggles with Charlie Cowell; leads an energetic dance. RANGE: A4-G2, AGE: 25-40
MAYOR GEORGE SHINN: The Mayor of River City, protective of his town and family; self-important, blustery, pompous, but not too bright. RANGE: Any, AGE: 40-60
WINTHROP PAROO: Marian’s adorable little brother who speaks with a lisp; precocious but moody. RANGE: C4-Eb5, AGE: 9-12
CHARLIE COWELL: Rival traveling salesman out to expose Harold Hill; determined and moralistic; kisses Marian; physically struggles with Marcellus and Harold; may also play a townsperson in some scenes. RANGE: Any, AGE: 25-45
TOMMY DJILAS: Trouble-making teenager who becomes an assistant leader of the boys’ band; rebellious but smart and handsome. RANGE: Any, AGE: 16-20
JACEY SQUIRES: Owner of livery stable and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the high tenor; married to Mrs. Squires. RANGE: C3-C5, AGE: 25-55
EWART DUNLOP: Owner of the general store and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the second tenor; married to Maud. RANGE: F3-F5, AGE: 25-55
OLIVER HIX: Banker and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the baritone; married to Alma. RANGE: B2-F4, AGE: 25-55
OLIN BRITT: Newspaper editor and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the bass. RANGE: F2-C4, AGE: 25-55
OTHER ROLES FOR MEN: Constable Locke, the town sheriff; Train conductor; Traveling salesmen; River City townspersons of all ages, shapes, and sizes some of them in “families”; River City boys/teens who sing, dance and join the boys’ band
FEMALE ROLES: MARIAN PAROO: Town librarian and piano teacher, sister of Winthrop and daughter of Mrs. Paroo; well-read, independent, head-strong, beautiful but elusive, hopelessly romantic but intensely guarded; kisses Harold and Charlie Cowell; RANGE: G3-A5, AGE: 25-35
MRS. PAROO: Widowed mother to Marian and Winthrop; sweet, cheerful, always busy, and slightly intrusive in her daughter’s love life; speaks with an Irish accent. RANGE: Ab3-Eb5, AGE: 45-55
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN: Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife, a know-it-all busybody who knows everyone and everything in town; self-important, grandiose, gossipy, snobbish, and easily flattered; must have great comedic range without being over-the-top. RANGE: D4-D5, AGE: 40-50
AMARYLLIS: Marian’s piano student who likes Winthrop but teases him; sweet but a little bratty; must pretend to play the piano. RANGE: C4-E5, AGE: 9-12
ZANEETA SHINN: Mayor Shinn’s teenage daughter with a crush on Tommy Djilas; cute, feminine, a little daffy; dances energetically. RANGE: Any, AGE: 16-20
GRACIE SHINN: Mayor’s younger daughter. RANGE: Any, AGE: 9-12 ETHEL TOFFELMIER: Player piano player and town gossip who is dating Marcellus; jolly and friendly, but gossipy; kisses Marcellus. RANGE: Any, AGE: 25-35
ALMA HIX: Wife of Oliver Hix and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-45 MAUD DUNLOP: Wife of Ewart Dunlop and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-55 MRS. SQUIRES: Wife of Jacey Squires and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-55
OTHER ROLES FOR WOMEN/GIRLS: River City townspersons of all ages, shapes, and sizes, some of them in “families”; River City girls/teens who sing and dance.