Members of the cast in the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Matilda the Musical. Photo by Dylan Hewlett.
Members of the cast in the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Matilda the Musical. Photo by Dylan Hewlett.

The Arts Club Theatre Company, in partnership with Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, closes out its Stanley Theatre season with Matilda the Musical. The inspiring story of a young girl who dreams of a better life, it is a reminder that we are in charge of our own destiny.

Here are five reasons we think you should check it out:

1. Mega awards

In 2012 Matilda the Musical took home seven Olivier Awards (the British equivalent to The Tonys), including best new musical. At the time it was the most awards ever won by a single show. In 2013, the Broadway company garnered five Tony Awards including best book of a musical.

2. Literary roots

Based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 children’s novel, the book was ranked number 30 among in a list of all-time children’s novels in a survey published by School Library Journal. With worldwide sales reaching over 17 million copies, since 2016 sales it has outsold all of Dahl’s other works, including such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

3. Girl power

Forget the Spice Girls. Armed with wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers, Matilda is a story that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Taking a stand to change her own destiny, even cruel parents and hardened headmistress can’t get in her way.

4. Seeing double

Sharing the role of Matilda are two young musical powerhouses: Georgia Acken and Thailey Roberge. Making their professional theatre debuts at the Arts Club, despite their young age, both come with an already impressive list of credits.

5. A lesson on bullying

While a story about a remarkable young girl who overcomes many obstacles, Matilda comes with a positive message to those who have experienced, or are experiencing, bullying.

Matilda the Musical plays the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St, Vancouver) until July 14. Visit artsclub.com for tickets and information.