Matilda, Presented by NewArts: We have a Winner!

Shows at Masuk High School in Monroe, August 2-4 and 9-12

By By Meghan Friedland, Publisher/Editor, Macaroni Kid Danbury-Bethel-Ridgefield, CT July 25, 2019

We have a Winner!

 Congratulations to  Amy Smith and her family! We hope you have an amazing time at the show! Don't worry, if you didn't win there is still plenty of time to get your tickets and catch the show. Come out and support the local arts.

NewArts presents Roald Dahls MATILDA, the Broadway and West End phenomenon, August 2 –11, 2019 at Masuk High School in Monroe, CT. Inspired by the skewed genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world. The NewArts production features over 100 Newtown-area youth onstage, backstage and in the orchestra.

This production of Matilda is directed by NewArts Producing Artistic Director, Michael Unger, with choreography by Linda Talcott Lee. Music direction is by Drew Nichols, Scenic design is by James Dardenne, Lighting Design is by Andrew Griffin, Sound Design is by Tye Hunt Fitzgerald, Costume design is by Stevie Rival, Puppet Design is by Danny Dyer, the Stage Management team includes Allyson Schiller, David Mercier, and Emma Ettinger, Production Management is by Brian McManimon, Technical Direction is by Alyse Porsella, Prop Design is by Lisa Ashby. Associate Music Direction is by Maryrose Kristopik, Associate Choreography is by Katie Taintor. The 1214 Foundation founder, Michael Baroody, M.D., serves as Executive Producer.

Performances will take place at Masuk High School – 1014 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT 06468 Friday August 2nd at 7PM, Saturday August 3rd at 2PM and 7PM, Sunday August 4th at 2PM, Friday August 9th at 7PM, Saturday August 10th at 2PM and 7PM, and Sunday August 11th at 2PM. The show is double-cast to involve more children in the program – please check our website for more details (
The NEWT CAST performs August 2, 4, and 10 and the CHALK CAST performs August 3, 9, and 11.  


$12 for children age 3-12

$20-23 for adults depending on location of seats

Every ticket sold supports the longevity of the NewArts Foundation's programs and helps further its empowering mission to help children of all ages flourish as individuals as well as members of their community.

More About NewArts and the 1214 Foundation

The 1214 Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Newtown, CT guided by a mission to increase children's overall wellbeing by instilling grit and resilience in students through a custom-designed character development program ("ARC") enhanced by a mastery experience in the performing arts ("NewArts"). 

Past NewArts productions include last year’s hit Newsies, an annual production of A Christmas Carol featuring a creative team that includes six Tony Award-Winners, the world premiere of A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, School of Rock, The Lion King, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The 101 Dalmations Musical, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Liberty Smith, The Wizard of Oz and their inaugural production of Seussical: The Musical in 2013. 

The young artists who participate in NewArts productions not only work together to create high quality productions while interacting with Broadway-level professionals on a daily basis, but they are also taken on a journey beyond the shows themselves. Interwoven within the rehearsal schedule is a custom-built, character development curriculum designed by volunteers from the Yale School of Management and the University of Pennsylvania Masters of Applied Positive Psychology department. This challenging character development curriculum equips the cast and technical crew members with essential life skills such as grit, resilience, and post-traumatic growth which extend well beyond the stage into everyday life to help these young artists flourish as individuals and members of their community. 

The NewArts experience is unique from any other performing arts program. Michael Baroody, MD, founder of the 12.14 Foundation explains, “the participating children will be entertaining the community with a Broadway-quality performance, but more important, throughout the rehearsal process, they are learning how to overcome obstacles, work as a team and realize the best versions of themselves.”

Whether performing onstage or helping behind the scenes, the NewArts mastery experience in combination with the 1214 Foundation’s flagship character development curriculum ARC (Aspire, Reach, Confidence) guides students through the pathways of self-efficacy, self-regulation and self-awareness to improve students’ overall well-being. 

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