Matilda casts new Maggots for Melbourne!

Full casting for the Melbourne run of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical was announced at 11am today, with the young actresses sharing the title role meeting the public and press for the first time at a special live event at The Victorian State Library.

The Melbourne Matildas: Dusty Bursill, Tianna Mirra, Allanah Parfett & Ingrid Torelli. Photo by Jim Lee
The Melbourne Matildas: Dusty Bursill, Tianna Mirra, Allanah Parfett & Ingrid Torelli. Photo by Jim Lee

In alphabetical order, the four young miracles set to star as Matilda Wormwood are: Dusty Bursill, Tiana Mirra, Alannah Parfett and Ingrid Torelli.

In the official press release, the young actresses were characterised as the following:

Eleven-year-old Dusty Bursill enjoys being outdoors and loves camping and bushwalking. She is an enthusiastic reader and is happy trying different sports.

Tiana Mirra is eleven-years-old. She loves short distance running, reading and public speaking. Tiana enjoys spending time with her family and her dog.

Alannah Parfett is ten-years-old and an animal lover who also loves music, reading and writing. Her main passion is dancing and anything to do with performing arts.

Nine-year-old Ingrid Torelli loves to use her imagination, sing and play in the garden. She likes acrobatics, acting, craft, asking questions about the world and spending time with her family.

London and New York productions of Matilda The Musical are multi-award winning, and the show is currently enjoying a sell-out season in Sydney, having already played over 120 performances at the Lyric Theatre. Read our review of the Sydney season here.

Matilda will celebrate its Melbourne premiere at the Princess Theatre from March 13, 2016, with Victorian fans already keenly snapping up tickets.

In addition to the casting of the Melbourne Matildas, it was confirmed that the eight children’s roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda, Nigel, Eric and the other pupils at Crunchem Hall Primary School will be played in rotation by: Charli Bowers, Freya Cantwell, Keely Corcoran, Jack Coyne, Jeremiah Duncan, Shyla Farrugia, Tahlia Gerosa, Cooper Guinea, Jazi Hall, Kushinka Jayewardene, Andre Karabajakian, Kathleen Lawlor, Campbell MacCorquodale, Thierry Mendoza, Chloe Ngo, Chihana Perera, Adam Punsalang, Kyle Reynolds, Orlando Schwerdt, Hudson Sharp, Daniel Stow, Alistair Touliatos, Caleb Waterworth, Tahlia Williams and Mackensie Young.

The full original Australian adult cast will also transfer to Melbourne with the production led by Marika Aubrey (Mrs Wormwood), Daniel Frederiksen (Mr Wormwood), Elise McCann (Miss Honey) and James Millar (Miss Trunchbull). They are joined by Stephen Anderson, Reece Budin, Rachel Cole, Andrew Cook, Danielle Cook, Eli Cooper, Cristina D’Agostino, Glenn Hill, Travis Khan, Nadia Komazec, Zoe Komazec, Leah Lim, Mitchell Mahony, Cle Morgan, Daniel Raso and Clay Roberts.

Matilda The Musical is based on the much-loved novel of best-selling author Roald Dahl, whose other works include The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The BFG. AussieTheatre cannot wait to welcome the story of the special girl with the brilliant mind and revolutionary spirit to Melbourne, and we wish the cast and creative team the very best for everything involved in the production transfer.

Ticketing information:

Matilda The Musical:

Princess Theatre
From the 13th of March 2016.
Book through Ticketmaster
or call 1300 723 038

Maddi Ostapiw

Maddi is a performer who has been too scared to stand in the spotlight for the last few years, so she channels her need for love and appreciation into writing about the theatre instead. An energetic consumer of musical theatre, she is currently earning a degree in journalism and teaches voice in her small hometown. Maddi is normally covered in cat fur, has an opinion on everything, and in the words of Lin-Manuel Miranda, is not throwing away her shot.

Maddi Ostapiw

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