Broadway actors from “Matilda The Musical” are set to visit Southdown Primary School in Huntington on Tuesday, performing songs such as “Telly” and “Naughty” and participating in a Q&A with students. The kindergarten through fourth grade students will also get a chance to sing a portion of the song “Loud” and learn some choreography.
Southdown was the grand prize winner of WSHU Public Radio’s 13th annual “Music in Our Schools” outreach program. The entry was submitted by vocal music teacher John Murphy; all music teachers in the radio station’s listening area were invited to enter the drawing. National Public Radio airs such programs as “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.”
“I listen to NPR every morning on my drive to work, and they had this contest for music teachers to enter,” Murphy says. “It was a drawing.” About five to six actors are expected to come to the school for a one-hour program, Murphy says.
“The students and I are very excited. We did a little bit of a Broadway unit this week leading up to the performance,” Murphy says. The kids were taught the song "Loud" so they’ll be ready to sing.
“It’s a great way to end the school year,” Murphy says.
"Matilda the Musical" received four Tony Awards. It’s based on the novel by Roald Dahl and is on stage at Manhattan’s Shubert Theatre.