Cross Epperson – MATILDA Senior Spotlight

Cross Epperson

What is your name? Cross Epperson

What is your cast role or crew position in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical? Pit Orchestra trombone

What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical quote, song or scene — and why? All I Know because it has really fun improv in it.

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical) have you been a part of while in high school? Three

What is your favorite role, act, or show that you have been a part of in high school? Newsies

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Andrea Garrett – MATILDA Senior Spotlight

Andrea Garrett

What is your name? Andrea Garrett

What is your cast role or crew position in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical? Stage Crew Head

What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical quote, song or scene — and why? My favorite song is “Revolting Children” because it’s such a catchy song and the dance is phenomenal.

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical) have you been a part of while in high school? I have been apart of 10 GSTD productions during high school.

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Macy Beard – MATILDA Senior Spotlight

Macy Beard

What is your name? My name is Macy Beard.

What is your cast role or crew position in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical? I play the keyboard in the pit for MATILDA THE MUSICAL.

What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical quote, song or scene — and why? My favorite song in the musical is “Bruce.” This is because I really love how the music sounds along with the ensemble singing. It is also an interesting part of the musical.

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Sydney England – MATILDA Senior Spotlight

Sydney England

What is your name? Sydney England

What is your cast role or crew position in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical? I play a nurse and a scary big kid.

What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical quote, song or scene — and why? My favorite scene in Matilda is The Hammer because Caleb Sellers does such an amazing job as the Trunchbull and makes everything so funny. I struggle with trying not to break character every time I’m on stage with him!

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Aubrie Reid – MATILDA Senior Spotlight

Aubrie Reid

What is your name? Aubrie Reid

What is your cast role or crew position in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical? Miss honey

What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical quote, song or scene — and why? “Even if you’re little you can do a lot” because I feel that many people, including myself, can take this quote and apply it to our lives.

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical) have you been a part of while in high school? 8

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Steven Day – MATILDA Senior Spotlight

Steven Day

What is your name? Steven Day

What is your cast role or crew position in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical? I play Eric, a classmate in Matilda.

What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical quote, song or scene — and why? I enjoy the “Smell of Rebellion” (PE) scene because of the fun choreography.

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical) have you been a part of while in high school? I have been in three Vaudevilles and I have also been in Newsies.

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Ainsley Epperson – MATILDA Senior Spotlight

Ainsley Epperson

What is your name? Ainsley Epperson

What is your cast role or crew position in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical? Orchestra Member, Flute

What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical quote, song or scene — and why? Acrobat Story IV

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical) have you been a part of while in high school? 7

What is your favorite role, act, or show that you have been a part of in high school? My favorite role was when I was a dancer in Newsies, and I was … READ MORE

Dominic Sparacino – MATILDA Senior Spotlight

Domonic Sparacino

What is your name? Dominic Sparacino

What is your cast role or crew position in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical? Henchmen #1

What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical quote, song or scene — and why? I really can’t pick anything that sticks out. I just really like this musical.

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical) have you been a part of while in high school? 5

What is your favorite role, act, or show that you have been a part of in high school? I would say Newsies is … READ MORE

Breona Doughty – MATILDA Senior Spotlight

Breona Doughty

What is your name? Breona Doughty

What is your cast role or crew position in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical? Birthday Mom

What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical quote, song or scene — and why? “Even if you’re little you can do a lot…” This is my favorite quote from the musical because I am 5 feet tall. Therefore, I am considered to be short. People like to underestimate shorter people, but Matilda shows that no matter what size or what age, you can do anything you set your mind to.

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Jewell Smiddy – MATILDA Senior Spotlight

Jewell Smiddy

What is your name? Jewell Smiddy

What is your cast role or crew position in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical? Mic Crew Head

What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical quote, song or scene — and why? “When I Grow Up”

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical) have you been a part of while in high school? 8

What is your favorite role, act, or show that you have been a part of in high school? My favorite show that I have been apart of would have to be Newsies!… READ MORE

Taengkwa Sturgell – MATILDA Senior Spotlight

Taengkwa Sturgell

What is your name? Taengkwa Sturgell

What is your cast role or crew position in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical? Vocalist in the Orchestra Pit

What is your favorite Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical quote, song or scene — and why? “Nobody but me is going to change my story.” I like this quote because I like to be my own person. I control my own life.

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical) have you been a part of while in high school? Two

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The Wormwoods Were on the Telly

This Week’s Author
Abby Scheller


This week’s MATILDA updates is written by sophomore Abby Scheller. Abby is an ITS Member and is portraying the role of Matilda Wormwood in this season’s production of ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL.

Today the members of the Wormwood family were invited to discuss Gibson Southern Theatre’s upcoming musical, MATILDA THE MUSICAL, on ABC 25 Local Lifestyles. The cast members were Mr. Wormwood, played by Wade Happe, Mrs. Wormwood, played by Sydney Goedde, and Matilda Wormwood, played by Abby Scheller. They traveled to the station in Henderson, Kentucky to be interviewed.

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Two Students Attend ITS State

This Week’s Author
Jazlynn Cates


This week’s MATILDA updates is written by senior Jazlynn Cates. Jazlynn is an ITS Member and is portraying the role of Mrs. Phelps in this season’s production of ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL.

This past weekend seniors River Epperson and Jazlynn Cates attended the 2020 International Thespian Society State Competition. Even though the regional show that troupe #5623 competed with a few months back did not advance to state, the two decided they still wanted to attend the conference.

Friday night the two participated in a stage combat workshop where they learned how to fight … READ MORE

MATILDA Dancers Get “Loud”

This Week’s Author
Jazlynn Cates


This week’s MATILDA updates is written by senior Jazlynn Cates. Jazlynn is an ITS Member and is portraying the role of Mrs. Phelps in this season’s production of ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL.

Week-three of Matilda rehearsals kicked off the start of choreography for the dancers. With the help of our choreographer Loni Prater and her daughter, we were able to start working on the exciting and thrilling dance numbers that take place many times throughout the show. Seniors Sydney Goedde playing Mrs. Wormwood, and Jarrett Klusmier playing Rudolpho put on their dancing shoes and … READ MORE

MATILDA Cast Has First Work Day

This Week’s Author
Jazlynn Cates


This week’s MATILDA updates is written by senior Jazlynn Cates. Jazlynn is an ITS Member and is portraying the role of Mrs. Phelps in this season’s production of ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL.

Week 2 of Matilda rehearsals was full of fun and laughter as we brought in a larger group, Matildas classmates. A combination of the big kids, scary kids, and the little kids that learn with Matilda all spent the week getting into character and most importantly- learning to fear the evil Agatha Trunchbull, played by Caleb Sellers. Sellers takes on a difficult … READ MORE

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