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Magical Starlight Theatre production of ‘Matilda the Musical’ opens January 13


Above / Magical Starlight Theatre presents eight performances over the weekends of Jan. 13-15 and 20-22 at Naperville Central High School Auditorium, located at 440 Aurora Avenue.

The curtain is going up this weekend on Magical Starlight Theatre, a program of the Naperville Park District. Directed by Anna Ahonen, the winter production will present “Matilda the Musical,” featuring two casts of talented community actors.

The role of Matilda is being performed by two 5th grade students: Naya James and Priesha Maheshwar.  A deaf actor, Gretchen Gannon, plays the role of Mrs. Phelps in all performances except the 1:30PM show on Jan. 14 and the 6:30PM show on Jan. 21. 

Based on the popular story by Roald Dahl, the musical is fun and meaningful for both kids and adults.

Tickets for “Matilda” may be purchased at www.napervilleparks.org, by phone at (630) 848-5000 or in person at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center or Fort Hill Activity Center during regular business hours. Advanced tickets are $14 and may be purchased until 4PM on the Friday of the performance weekend. After that time, tickets are $17 at the door.

Performances times

7:30 to 10PM Fri., Jan. 13*

1:30 to 4PM Sat., Jan. 14*

6:30 to 9PM Sat., Jan. 14* 

1:30 to 4PM Sun., Jan. 15*

7:30 to 10PM Fri., Jan. 20

1:30 to 4PM Sat., Jan. 21*

6:30 to 9PM Sat., Jan. 21

1:30 to 4PM Sun., Jan. 22

*Sign language interpreters Dan England and Patti Shore Kaden will be present at these performances.

Performances of “Matilda the Musical” will be staged at Naperville Central High School Auditorium, located at 440 Aurora Ave. The Auditorium faces West Street.

Naperville Park District
Naperville Park Districthttp://www.napervilleparks.org/
Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.