A local student will be dancing her way across a stage this weekend as “Matilda” in a Shreveport, Louisiana, production of “Matilda The Musical.”
Sealey Hammack, who just completed sixth-grade at Trinity Episcopal School in Marshall, will play “Matilda” in the Roald Dahl’s production that opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 2700 Woodlawn Ave., Shreveport.
Tickets are $26 and are available online at https://bit.ly/2QNVhBH
“It’s kind of cool, and it’s an honor,” Sealey said Tuesday.
Acting since she was “four or five years old,” her mother Carrie Hammack said, Sealey said she was excited and nervous about the Shreveport performance.
“Matilda The Musical” is a story about a girl who dares to take charge of her destiny. According to online sources, “Matilda” is a young girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and special powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents, but she impresses her school teacher. It’s about childhood and the power of imagination.
Sealey said the most difficult part about preparing for the play has been “probably the dances and my smashed finger.” Her mother said the finger injury happened Sunday.
But Sealey hasn’t let it stop her, making “lots of new friends” and learning her dance routines.
“It’s really fun,” she said.
Her mom said Sealey has done plays in Jefferson, Longview, Hallsville and Shreveport. She began with summer plays at ArtsView Children’s Theatre in Longview. She said her biggest role so far was as “Annie” when Sealey was in second-grade. It was for the play “Annie Warbucks” and was performed in Jefferson.
Carrie said she was excited that Sealey won the role of “Matilda.”
“There’s lots of competition there, so that she got the role was very exciting. There’s lots of talented kids over there,” Carrie said.
Sealey said she wants to be on Broadway one day, and her favorite play is “Hamilton.” Her favorite actor is Broadway actress Phillipa Soo.
Sealey is the daughter of Todd and Carrie Hammack and the granddaughter of Jerry and Carol New and Winnie and Kenneth Hammack. She also has two brothers, Fisher and Spencer.
The Academy of Children’s Theatre focuses on musicals in which the cast and crew learns performance techniques, technical theater skills, team building, creativity, responsibility and much more.
The company’s philosophy is to find a way to let each child shine, and encourage those with the capability to go on to the collegiate level. ACT currently has more than 80 students enrolled in classes.
Some of its past productions include “Les Miserables,” “Shrek,” “13 The Musical,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Oliver” and “Tom Sawyer.”
ACT has received many recognitions and awards including:
- Chosen by Music Theatre International to present the world premiere of “Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.,” at the Broadway Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Winner of Outstanding Musical Performance, Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Performance awards at the Junior Theatre Festivals.
- Top Team at the Louisiana Educational Theatre Association student festival.
- Winner of 25 SB Magazine Memory Awards for excellence in community/regional theater.
- Top Team at the International Thespian Society national middle school tournament.
- USA Weekend’s Top Musical for High Schools in the state of Louisiana.
- USA Today national winner for outstanding High School Musical.
The Marjorie Lyons Playhouse is on the Centenary College of Louisiana campus. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2QNVhBH.