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Community invited to see Glen Crest musical ‘Matilda’ on March 15-17

Students and families are invited to attend the upcoming performances of Glen Crest Middle School’s musical: ‘Matilda’. The performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Glen Crest, 725 Sheehan Avenue, Glen Ellyn.

Tickets are available for purchase during Glen Crest lunch periods, before each show, or online at

General admission tickets are $8. Tickets are $5 for Glen Crest students or staff as well as children younger than 5. The show is about 80 minutes long with an intermission.

The show is directed by Glen Crest teachers Amanda Schmidt and Sam Koppitz. The full cast list is available at:  

“Matilda” is based on the 1988 novel by Roald Dahl. The play follows a young girl with the power of telekinesis as she navigates a new school and uncovers mysteries about her family. Matilda must join with her classmates to teach cruel grown-ups some lessons about kindness.

“It will leave you with a smile on your face,” Schmidt said. “It’s a title that people recognize and the songs are so fun and catchy.”

This is the third year in a row Glen Crest has put on a musical. This year’s eighth-grade students are the first Glen Crest group that has been able to be in a musical each year of middle school. The mix of very experienced veterans and motivated newcomers has made for a strong cast, Schmidt said.

“As a choreographer, I love to challenge kids. Each time we’ve added a dance, I give them an easier or a more difficult option,” she said. “They’ve always chosen the harder choice and they are exceeding expectations. We’ve had a blast.”

In March, the cast will be traveling to the elementary schools to give short performances at all four schools.

Posted: March 6, 2024