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May 29, 2024

Photo by Tina Pratt

Mom Report: Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda the Musical Jr.’

From the moment you enter the theater, you are transformed into the extraordinary world of Matilda!

The Trunchbull is in Cincinnati! She can be found at Crunchem Hall … aka the Taft Theatre, through February 14!

From the storytelling of the sets to the details of the costumes, no detail is overlooked. Every aspect plays a part in telling the story of Matilda! After recently watching the movie with my kids, my daughter was excited to see how many scenes carried over to the musical. She was curious if Trunchbull would toss a student, use the Chokey, or “share” her chocolate cake and how Matilda’s pranks would be used. She was excited that many of her favorite scenes were included in a fun and kid friendly way. My daughter was left laughing by Matilda’s dad, Harry Wormwood, and his antics, as well as her brother’s comments. We were also wowed by how The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati shared the story of Miss Honey’s parents – it was creative and engaging!

The casting was great and really made me do a double take with Trunchbull and the choreography was on point. I am always surprised at how TCT can take a storyline and fit it into a kid friendly length of time.  As usual, another fantastic show with catchy songs! We are already looking forward to The Wiz later this year and have already purchased our tickets for next season! 

This show is ideal for ages 4 and older. In addition, performances have other helpful resources such as a Character Guide, a Guide to Attending the Show at Home and a downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) available here one week prior to each production.

Avoid Trunchbull and The Chokey and purchase your tickets today! Find out more about subscribing at While you’re at it, pick up some Matilda swag at


About the Author

Tina Pratt

Tina Pratt is the mom of two littles. She is a former PreK- 5 special education teacher that now works as a behavior coach. She enjoys being a tourist in her own town and finding ways to embed lessons into everyday fun!