Review of Matilda – Pioneer Theatre Guild

Last weekend Pioneer Theatre Guild hosted us at the opening night of their production of Matilda. All opinions are ours. They have 3 more shows this weekend.

Pioneer Theater Guild - Matilda
Photo from Sean Carter Photography – Used with Permission

About Matilda The Musical

Matilda the Musical brings Roald Dahl’s classic to life. Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly lovable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!

PTG Matilda - Wormwood Family - Photo from Sean Carter Photography - Used with Permission
Photo from Sean Carter Photography – Used with Permission

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Our Matilda by Pioneer Theatre Guild Review

Over the years we have seen a number of Pioneer Theatre Guild (PTG) productions. The shows have always been well done with excellent acting, music, costumes, and scenery. Matilda was no exception.

PTG Matilda - Students & Parents - Photo from Sean Carter Photography - Used with Permission
Photo from Sean Carter Photography – Used with Permission

Our family of 3 went into the play with no familiarity with the story. Neither my husband nor I read the book or saw the movie. Our teen daughter said that she started reading the book years ago, but got bored and stopped. Despite our lack of familiarity with the story, we all enjoyed the show.


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I am always impressed with the scenery and props used in their plays. The multi-level stage easily represented the Wormood home, the school, the town library and more.

PTG Matilda - Miss Honey & Headmistress Trunchbull confrontation
Photo from Sean Carter Photography – Used with Permission

Our only complaint was that initially it was difficult to determine who the children were since all of the roles were played by high school students. The children wore consistent costumes throughout which did help.

PTG Matilda - Students on the Playground
Photo from Sean Carter Photography – Used with Permission

Matilda Age Recommendations

We recommend Matilda for children in elementary school through adults.

For preschoolers, we recommend deciding based on your child. The show was about 2 hours and 20 minutes (including an intermission). The headmistress can be intimidating when she threatens the students. When my daughter was a preschooler, the biggest issue would have been one nighttime scene where the stage gets darker and there was the sound of thunder. But, she always hated thunderstorms.

PTG Matilda - Matilda tells story to town librarian
Photo from Sean Carter Photography – Used with Permission

Pioneer Matilda Performance Schedule

🎭Friday, November 8 at 7:30pm Matilda
🎭Saturday, November 9 at 7:30pm Matilda
🎭Sunday, November 10 at 2:00pm Matilda

Buy Matilda Tickets

Reserved Seating Tickets are available now on A2tix.com. The remaining tickets will be available as general admission tickets at the door starting one hour before show time.

PTG Presents Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical - Tickets at a2tix.com

The Saturday evening performance we attended was very crowded. We definitely recommend buying your tickets in advance to guarantee admission and for the best seat options. Tickets are currently (noon on Thursday) available for the remaining shows, with the least tickets available for the Sunday matinee.

Other Pioneer Theatre Guild Productions

Check out the remaining 2019-2020 Pioneer Theatre Guild Schedule:

Date/Time Event
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
01/17/2020
7:30pm
FutureStars Preliminary
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
01/18/2020
7:30pm
FutureStars Preliminary
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
01/25/2020
7:30pm
FutureStars Finale
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
02/06/2020
7:30pm
Our Town
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
02/07/2020
7:30pm
Our Town
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
02/08/2020
7:30pm
Our Town
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
02/09/2020
2:00pm
Our Town
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
04/25/2020
7:30pm
Les Miserables
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
04/26/2020
2:00pm
Les Miserables
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
05/01/2020
7:30pm
Les Miserables
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
05/02/2020
7:30pm
Les Miserables
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
05/03/2020
2:00pm
Les Miserables
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
05/16/2020
7:30pm
Student Productions
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™
05/17/2020
2:00pm
Student Productions
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan

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