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Children's Book Drive

Matilda is the story of a girl whose life is changed by reading. Yes, she’s magical and telekinetic, but what really powers her abilities and makes her remarkable is her love of books. It’s such a big theme in the play that our brilliant designer Milagros Ponce de León has incorporated 2,000 books all over the stage (although to be truthful, most of them are carved out of foam). The story is literally and figuratively built by books.

Our mission at Olney Theatre Center is to unleash the creative potential of our artists and audiences, so it felt important to us that as part of our production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, we make a positive contribution to ensuring every kid can access the power to supercharge their imagination through reading.

That’s why we’re asking members of our audience to bring a new or gently used children’s books to donate when they come to see the show or during Box Office hours. We’ve partnered with the Maryland Book Bank and Velocity of Books to make sure these donations will make it into the hands of kids who need them.

Your generosity will bring us one step closer to a society where every kid has the tools and the opportunity to become extraordinary.


Hear Us Roar: A Post-show Discussion

Saturday, August 17 following the 1:45pm performance

Join us for a special post-show, multi-generational discussion. Mike Lew's Tiger Style! examines the miscommunication that can happen between immigrant parents and their children in an irreverent and entertaining way. While the play focuses on the Chinese-American experience, its themes are meaningful to all immigrants and first generation Americans. Olney Theatre Center is providing a safe space for parents, children, and grandchildren to share their stories, so experiences don't get lost in translation. All are welcome! Special thanks for the Calvin J. Li Memorial Foundation and the Chinese American Parent Association of Montgomery County.

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