Stepping Out

PA Players releases video of ‘Matilda’ rehearsals

Town Crier Report

After the coronavirus pandemic forced Palo Alto Players to postpone its production of “Matilda, The Musical,” originally set to open late last month at the Lucie Stern Theatre, the company is giving patrons a taste of what they’re missing.

Palo Alto Players has released a video of dance rehearsals for “Matilda” filmed early in the process. To view the video, visit and type “Matilda early rehearsals” in the search bar.

“These staging rehearsals are only two weeks into the process. Nothing was anywhere near completion,” director/choreographer Janie Scott said. “You’re seeing recordings made for the cast to capture what we had done so far and practice at home. You can see my assistant, Zendrex Llado, at the front of most of the clips. He was there as a guide for the performers. You can also see vocal director Cody Scott conducting vocals. Choreography and vocals come together in layers. Then we add different directions, lifts, levels and crosses that provide more action and visual interest.”

Initially scheduled to run through May 10, “Matilda” has been postponed indefinitely. Palo Alto Players is “hoping to work with the cast and creative team to find another time in the near future to mount the show,” managing director Elizabeth Santana said.

For more information on Palo Alto Players, visit

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