Westmoreland Players’ Season Concludes


From left: Mali Sidney, Joy Clarke, Serenity Berry, Kristen Warwick, Lily Lewis, Jasmine Kelly, Charlotte Blackwell, Isaac Faulkner, Silas Johnson, Logan Burgess, Harmony Berry, Jacob Burgess, Avarie Jones, and Gwyneth Breunig.

From left: Mali Sidney, Joy Clarke, Serenity Berry, Kristen Warwick, Lily Lewis, Jasmine Kelly, Charlotte Blackwell, Isaac Faulkner, Silas Johnson, Logan Burgess, Harmony Berry, Jacob Burgess, Avarie Jones, and Gwyneth Breunig.

The Westmoreland Players Theatre has ended another theatrical season with a triumph! Matilda the Musical, by Roald Dahl, Dennis Kelly, and Tim Minchin, featured a large cast of talented actors coming from

Northumberland, Essex, and Richmond counties. Tickets for Matilda the Musical sold in record time, with all three weekends selling out before opening night. This was an ambitious production with several child actors, and the Players pulled it off stunningly.

Directed by Marcia Peters, the show featured impressive vocals and skillful choreography by the large cast. Starting rehearsals back in February, it was a sustained effort that brought the cast and crew together and gave them time to master the coordinated dances and musical numbers that drew the crowds. The role of Matilda was split between two actresses — Lillian Leddy and Charlotte Blackwell. The actresses became known during rehearsals as Matilda West and Matilda East, since Lillian was in town from the West Coast and Charlotte is a Northern Neck resident.

If you missed the chance to see Matilda the Musical, you’ll be pleased to hear about the new season coming up at The Westmoreland Players. The play reading committee has recommended four productions which are awaiting approval from the Board of Directors: Tilt the Unlit Candle by Ben Clawson, Almost Maine by John Cariani, The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, and Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney.

These upcoming shows will provide many opportunities for aspiring actors making their debut or returning to the stage. Stay tuned for upcoming auditions on the theatre’s website at www.westmorelandplayers.org and Facebook page.

The Westmoreland Players Theatre is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

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