Neuse Charter School is gearing up for its production of Matilda, the story of a girl-genius with a special gift. The musical will feature 30 students from grades 5 through 12, with the all-important title character portrayed by Gabby Mejia, a sixth grader. We were able to ask Gabby a few questions about her upcoming role!
Who do you play in Matilda, and what do you love most about your role?
Gabby is, of course, the leading character, and she's found plenty to love about the smart, sassy Matilda. "I love how Matilda always has a positive attitude," Gabby tells us, "even if someone is mean to her. She stands up for what's right!"
What is the most challenging thing about your role?
As anyone who has seen Matilda knows, the title role is a demanding one. Filled with dense dialogue and big musical numbers, it's no small feat, especially for a young actress. For Gabby, the biggest challenge is "being on stage alone." She tells us, "That puts a lot of pressure on me, so I tend to get nervous."
Don't worry, Gabby! We have a feeling you'll do a great job!
What are you most excited for the audience to see?
Proving how well she knows and understands her plucky character, Gabby says she can't wait for the audience to see "how much of a devious girl Matilda is!" "She is clever and rather sneaky," Gabby tells us.
What preparation have you done for your role?
Gabby has been working hard to prepare for her star turn. She says, "I have seen clips of brilliant British actresses portraying the role." And, of course, as every child and every person should, she says she's seen the movie Matilda.
How has this production helped you to grow as a young artist?
Gabby is excited to take a major role. She tells us that, "This production is the very first time I've been cast for a lead role." However, she's looking forward to the future. She says that, "I feel as though this production will be how I introduce myself to the performance industry. I believe this show will launch me into many productions to come."
Gabby's answer is very fitting because, really, isn't that what youth theatre is all about- launching new careers, new interests, and a new and undying love for theatre?
To experience all this excitement for yourself, be sure to see Matilda on March 14th at the Clayton Center. Tickets can be purchased here or in-person at the venue's box office.
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