‘Even if you’re little, you can do a lot!’ – ‘Matilda the Musical’ Makes South Florida Debut at Area Stage in Coral Gables

August 5, 2019


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UPDATE: MATILDA THE MUSICAL has been extended by TWO WEEKS!  Get tickets for Oct. 11-12-13 NOW!


Area Stage Company brings Tony-Award®-winning show
from Broadway, London’s West End 
to Coral Gables
for opening of its 30th Anniversary Season.


CORAL GABLES, FLA. (August 5, 2019) — The Area Stage Company is excited to announce the South Florida premiere of MATILDA THE MUSICAL on Friday September 13th, in celebration of its 30th Anniversary. 


Based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox), MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Area Stage Company is bringing the show to life for Miami audiences, opening on September 13th, 2019. 


The innovative and versatile Miami native Giancarlo Rodaz will direct the show: "Roald Dahl's fiercely original work is about doing whatever it takes to stand up for what's right. Growing up reading, I appreciate a story that makes a strong case for the magic of books. I'm proud and excited to be working on this incredible musical with such a talented cast, most of whom have started right here in our own conservatory."




Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony-Award®-winning MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that 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.




Area Stage Company is an award-winning, non-profit professional theatre company that for 30 years has staged provocative, world-class theatre and musical productions becoming one of South Florida’s most influential theatre companies. ASC now houses a professional theatre company, a conservatory for young performers, and a theatre program for people with developmental disabilities.


Area Stage won the coveted title of “Best Theatre Company 2019” in the Miami New Times Readers Choice Poll. It is the organization’s fourth “best theatre and best venue”  ranking.




Area Stage Company opened as a small black-box theatre on Lincoln Road on Miami Beach. Many storied theatrical seasons later, it is celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season. 


ASC Executive Director Maria Banda-Rodaz said, "It's been a privilege to serve our beloved Miami for the past 30 years. When we started ASC, we set to create an exciting and vibrant space where local talent could thrive.  Indeed, we are grateful for the opportunity to succeed in such a complex cultural market offering diverse and inclusive programs for all members in our community - a source of constant satisfaction for my husband John and me."  


Support the non-profit organization’s mission by attending the Saturday, October 5th “30th Anniversary Celebration” with entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and/or by donating to our silent auction. Please call 305-666-2078 or go to our website areastagecompany.com for tickets and more information.




Giancarlo Rodaz is the Associate Artistic Director for the Area Stage Company. He has been directing and designing productions at ASC for eleven years. Lighting design credits include: The Wizard of Oz RSC, The Little Mermaid, She Kills Monsters, Cabaret, Shrek the Musical, Ride, The Nether (Carbonell Nominated; Best Lighting Design). ASC directing credits include: The Wizard of Oz RSC, The Little Mermaid, She Kills Monsters, Shrek the Musical, and Ride. Conservatory directing credits include: The Wild Party, Heathers, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Lion King JR, My Son Pinocchio JR, Annie JR, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid JR, The Wizard of Oz YPE. Playwright/directing credits: Catherine & The Accident, It’s A Small Play, and Don’t Fear the Rain at Microtheatre; Rise of the Titans, which premiered at the Arsht Center; Masque at UM; and Janis Matthews & The Dodo Scouts, Waves Against A Withering Shore, and The Lone Wolf of Honeysuckle Valley at the ASC.  




What: Roald Dahl’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL at Area Stage Company. When: September 13 - 29, 2019 with performances Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sundays at 5 PM. Where: Area Stage Company, 1560 S. Dixie Hwy.,Coral Gables, 33146.  The content is appropriate for ages 6 and up.  Tickets: $15 - $45 at areastagecompany.com or 305.666.2078. 




Melisa Chantres, EVClay PR, mmchantres@evclay.com and 305-261-6222 for interviews and casting information, or Robertson Adams, robertson@areastagecompany.com for photo requests please. 



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