Acrobat: Claire Sanner
Big Kids: Jonathan Bender, Cecilia Blackett, Zoe Boland, Elliot Brodeur, Jamie Creed, Judith Cullen, Amaya Eddy, Emily Ellis, Lollie Ellis, Jaq Fitzpatrick, Rose Iuro-Damon, Jennifer Joseph, Maddie Langley, Elise LaPlant, Ava Philbrook, Alissa
Richards, Alexander Shepard, Lorain Smart, Sara White

Car Dancers: Claire Sanner, Ava Philbrook
Children’s Entertainer: Jonathan Bender
Cook: Jamie Creed
Dance Judges: Jonathan Bender, Angel Hochman, Rose Iuro-Damon
Doctor: Emily Ellis
Escapologist: Thomas Van Gorder
Honey, Jennifer: Aly Zavestoski
Kid 1: Lollie Ellis
Kid 2: Maddie Langley
Kid 3: Amaya Eddy
Mafia Jacq Fitzpatrick, Alexander Shepard, Sara White
Mechanic: Loraine Smart
Midwife; Jacq Fitzpatrick
Nurses: Jennifer Joseph, Elise LaPlant, Alissa Richards
Parents: Elliot Brodeur, Jamie Creed, Judith Cullen, Jac Fitzpatrick, Liam King, Alexander Shepard, Sara White
Phelps, Mrs. (Librarian): Angel Hochman
Rudolpho: TBA
Scary Kid: Ava Philbrook
Sergei: Rose Iuro-Damon
Snark Kid: Elliot Maldanado
Trunchbull, Agatha: Matt Cornish
Wormwood, Harry: Thomas Van Gorder
Wormwood, Zinnia: Liz Rabasca
Dance Captain: Claire Sanner
Dance Team: Ruby DeMuro (Lavender understudy), Evelyn Hardy, Elliot Maldonado, Parker Richards, CassieLyn Willis

2020 Spring Musical

Book By Dennis Kelly | Lyrics by Tim Minchin

Produced by special arrangement Musical Theatre International (

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Past Shows



  • Wizard of Oz (1995) – directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Velveteen Rabbit (1996) – directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Charlotte’s Web (1997) – directed by Mark Puglisi

  • The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe (1998)- directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Anne of Green Gables (1999)- directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2000) – directed by Debbie Mountford (nee Hacket)

  • Alice in Wonderland (2001) - directed by Frank Bachman

  • James and the Giant Peach (2002) – directed by Heather Candon

  • Peter Pan (2003) – directed by Kate Cox

  • The Wizard of Oz (2004) – directed by Matt Haynes

  • Oliver! (2005) – Directed by Brian Shepard

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (2006)- Directed by Brian Shepard

  • Annie! (2007) – directed by Tony St. Dennis

  • The Music Man (2008) – directed by Dan Mills

  • Seussical, the Musical (2009) – directed by Bob Bahr

  • Annie Get Your Gun (2010) – directed by Bob Bahr

  • Godspell (2011) – directed by Brian Shepard

  • Fiddler on the Roof (2012) – directed by Brian Shepard

  • Camelot (2013) – directed by Brian Shepard

  • Les Miserables (2014) – directed by Carlene Hirsch

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (2015) – directed by Carlene Hirsch

  • Willy Wonka (2016) - directed by Mike Perlman and Annie Leonardi-Merchant

  • Shrek, The Musical (2017) - directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Seussical, The Musical (2018) - directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Freaky Friday, A New Musical (2019) Directed by Mark Puglisi




  • Invisible Dragon (1994)- directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Cinderella (1995)- directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Harvey (2001)- directed by Mark Puglisi

  • War of the World’s (“radio” broadcast) – directed by Mark Puglisi

  • The Taffetas (2012)- directed by Brian Shepard

  • The 39 Steps (2018) - Directed by Angel Hochman

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (2019) - Directed by Casey Rush



  • Scrooge (1999)- directed by Mark Puglisi

  • It’s a Wonderful Life (2000)  – directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Miracle on 34th Street (2001) – directed by Annie Schwartz & Maryann Van Dorn

  • Best Christmas Ever (2002)- directed by Mark Puglisi

  • The Little Match Girl / Last Stop ’til Christmas / An Old Fashioned Christmas (2003) – directed by Mark Puglisi

  • The Christmas Carol (2005) – directed by Brian Shepard

  • The Silent Bells (2006) – directed by Dan Mills

  • The Spirit of Giving (2007) – directed by Maddie Shattow

  • The Clubhouse Christmas (2008) – directed by Wendy Littlefield

  • It’s a Wonderful Life (2009) – directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Miracle on 34th Street (2010) – directed by Nicole Cardano

  • A Christmas Story (2011) – directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Stocking Stuffers (2012) – directed by Jeremy Hyde

  • A Neverland Christmas Carol (2013) – directed by Carlene Hirsch

  • A Downeast Christmas Carol (2014) – directed by Mark Puglisi

  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (2015) - directed by Mark Puglisi

  • Nutcracker (2016) - directed by Jacob Sanner

  • Christmas in the Land of Oz (2017) - directed by Angel Hochman

  • A Christmas Story (2018) - directed by Doug Van Gorder

  • Closed for the Holidays (2019) - Directed by Matthew Hochman



  • Mystery Dinner Theater

  • Ground Hog Day

  • I Do, I Do (2011) - with thanks to Danielle and Brian Shepard

  • Twelfth Night (2016) - Collaboration with Barn Arts Collective

  • The Tempest (2017) - Collaboration with Barn Arts Collective

  • Twelfth Night! (2018) - Collaboration with Barn Arts Collective

Production Team:

Director: Dani Robbins

Producer: Doug Van Gorder

Stage Manager: Kate Young

Musical Direction: Isabel Bohrer

Technical Direction: Matt Hochman

Alice: Molly Dority
Bogtrotter, Bruce: Harlan Mahoney
Eric: Anna Rabasca
Hortensia: Harmony Hopkins
Lavender: Lucy Rogers (Matilda understudy)
Little Kids: Juno Boland, Rosie Ellis, Rita Farrenkopf, Maya LaPlant, Nahia Marcia, Harper Miller-Rushing, Clementine Mislang, Penelope Shepard, Molly Tadenev

Nigel: Nayeli Monahan
Reginald: Blake Thieken
Thripp, Amanda: Clara Levin
Tommy: Matilda Hanley
Wormwood, Matilda: Lucia Dilena
Wormwood, Micheal: Adam Losquadro

All shows at the Higgins/Demas Theatre @MDI High School

Dates TBD after COVID-19

Postponed due to COVID-19