Adapted from the Original Screenplay
For scriptsandsketches.com By Simon Law
Group Script for 5,6 or 7 Players (1, 2, or 3 Girls Doubling H, L & A)
Matilda’s First day at School
Characters: Miss Trunchbull, Hortensia, Lavender, Amanda, Matilda, Miss Honey & Narrator
NARRATOR: Matilda had always wanted to go to school. She tried to imagine what her new school would be like. She pictured a lovely building, surrounded by trees and flowers. There was a building. And children! Regardless of how the school looked, she was happy to be there. After all, any school is better than no school at all. Isn’t it?
MISS TRUNCHBULL: You… detention. You’re too small. Grow up quicker! Heads up! Shoulders back!
(The children whisper to each other for fear Miss Trunchbull might hear them)
LAVENDER: It’s better than being out there.
MATILDA: Is that my teacher?
HORTENSIA No, that’s the principal.
LAVENDER: The principal likes to snap a whip in here to see who’s hiding.
MATILDA: (To Lavender) I’m Matilda.
HORTENSIA I’m Hortensia.
MATILDA: Does she really hit children?
HORTENSIA No. What she does is worse. Like yesterday, in the second grade. She makes weekly visits to show the teachers how to handle kids.