Kate Walters

Waltz with “Matilda”

BANGOR Tickets went on sale Oct. 1 for Penobscot Theatre Company’s “Matilda: the Musical,” “A Kick In Your Dickens,” “A Jerry Lee Lewis Tribute: Great Balls of Fire” and other shows in coming months at the historic Bangor Opera House.

First up Dec. 5-29 is “Matilda: the Musical,” based on the Roald Dahl story about a young girl seeking the meaning of family. The production will star 9-year-old Maine actress Kate Walters in the title role. Kate has previously performed in “Annie” and “The Wizard of Oz” at the Waterville Opera House.

“At 9 years old, Kate is already a total professional,” says Penobscot Theatre’s producing artistic director Bari Newport. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a wonderful talent right in our backyard.”

Matilda is a clever and imaginative girl. At school for the first time, she encounters two authority figures who are polar opposites: the kind and nurturing Miss Honey, and the mean and demanding Miss Trunchbull. In true Roald Dahl fashion, victory for the underdog is never in question. Audiences will be left with a powerful message to pursue with tenacity their own curious natures.

“Matilda” will be directed and choreographed by Los Angeles-based Jeff Payton and Matthew Shaffer. Their work has been featured on the smash-hit show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

For those looking for a night out without the kids, Penobscot Theatre Company will offer “A Kick In Your Dickens: An Improvised Holiday Shenanigan” Dec. 12-29. The naughty holiday comedy will star Chicago actor/comedian Mike Shreeman and Bar Harbor-baed Improv Acadia’s Jen Shepard and Larrance Fingerhut improvising a different show every night.

Ring in 2020 with a tribute to the original bad boy of rock ‘n’ roll, Jerry Lee Lewis. “Great Balls of Fire” will highlight the acrobatic skills of pianist Jason Cohen, who has played Jerry Lee in more than 300 performances of “Million Dollar Quartet.” He will perform two shows at 6 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Finally, “Tell Me On A Sunday,” the one-woman Andrew Lloyd Webber musical featuring longtime company member Brianne Beck, will be performed April 3-5. Directed by Dominick Varney, the musical is about an optimistic young actress chasing a dream.

Tickets range from $20 to $40 per person. Discounts are available for groups of eight or more. To reserve seats, call 942-3333 or visit penobscottheatre.org.

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