Tuacahn has provided top of the line musical theater to thousands of people every year since 1991 and their 2018 season is starting off no differently.

With the lineup of Matilda, Cinderella, Million Dollar Quartet, Prince of Egypt and A Fairy Tale Christmas how can you go wrong?

The June 19 performance of Ronald Dahl’s Broadway hit Matilda the Musical set the standards for the season high. Co-Directors Igor Goldin and Mara Newbery Greer are both award-winning directors who have extensive experience and a list of credits a mile long. Greer also choreographed the show and both directors brought excitement, wonder and magic to Tuacahn’s stage with this brilliantly produced show.

The cast gave exceptional performances and instantly warmed you to the very peculiar characters they played; like them or not.

Audience members couldn’t help but be impressed with 11-year-old Lydia Ricks, who played the title role. Ricks is semi local, living in Washington County, Utah, and she has a ton of talent packed into one very tiny person.

Ricks has been playing piano since she was 7 and recently won the Utah State Reflections contest in music composition but her talents go far beyond anything you could imagine from an 11-year-old.

The dialogue alone was a challenge; add to that her incredible English accent and she was a big hit to the audience members no matter their ages. She is a delight to watch playing the role of this very intelligent, imaginative and sometimes naughty five year old, one can’t help but adore her.

Matt Ban who plays the dreaded, pig tail hating Ms. Trunchbull is hysterical in his role and brings a perfect persona of her to the stage. Ms. Trunchbull is a bully who enjoys doling out severe punishments; she’s got her eyes set on Matilda but doesn’t pass up the opportunity to torture any student who may or may not be deserving of her wrath. Matilda eventually learns that she’s got talent beyond her superior intelligence that makes her capable of countering anything Ms. Trunchbull can throw her or the other students’ way.

With all of its state-of-the-art technology, incredible professional talent, superb scenic design and a cast that is out of this world, Tuacahn is the one place you will want to be this summer; if you’ve never been there, you’ll be thrilled you decided to go.

Those of you who have already experienced the wonders of theater under the stars and in front of the red towering mountains know exactly what splendor they can produce.

Matilda is definitely one you won’t want to miss and bring the kids; they’ll love it too.

For information on future performances of Matilda or other season shows, visit the Tuacahn website at https://www.tuacahn.org/Online/default.asp; you won’t be sorry you did.