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10 Fun Facts You Might Not Know About “Matilda The Musical”

From November 10 – 15, Hershey, PA is one of only four places in the world where you can see and experience TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year, “Matilda The Musical.” The other three locations are Australia, London and New York.

Winner of 50 international awards including four Tony Awards and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, “Matilda The Musical” is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl who wrote such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox. It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 fun things you might not know about this hit musical:

  1. At 4ft 5in tall, Matilda Wormwood is the smallest leading lady on Broadway.
  1. The sound effect of the Crunchem Hall School bell played at the start of the production is a recording of the actual hand bell used by RSC front of house staff in Stratford-upon-Avon, where “Matilda The Musical” debuted in 2010.
  1. The production uses 8,320 balloons a year.
  1. The blackboard moves 15.5 miles over the course of a year at a top speed of 1.5mph.
  1. There are 3,780 paper airplanes flown into the auditorium each year.
  1. The sound effect of the crying baby in the song ‘Miracle’ is a recording of sound designer Simon Baker’s youngest son.
  1. Miss Honey and Matilda enjoy cup of real hot tea on stage complete with milk and a biscuit at each performance during the song "My House."
  1. The production goes through over 100 tubs of chocolate frosting each year.
  1. Quentin Blake, who is widely known for illustrating Roald Dahl’s books, designed the Crunchem Hall School badge that features on the children’s blazers.
  1. Around 28,000 pieces of confetti are used per performance, which equates to almost 12 million pieces a year.

We hope you’ll join us for a “revolting” good time! For information and tickets, please visit our website. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for ongoing updates, news and events.