"Matilda The Musical" is coming to the Eccles Theater Feb. 21-26.
Actress Darcy Stewart, cast in the local production as Matilda's mother, was drawn to the musical because of its fantastical story that she believes empowers children to take control of their lives.
“I think it’s always been important to show kids, especially that age — that breaking age — what’s important and how to fight against things you don’t believe in in society,” Stewart told the Deseret News. “You need to always believe in yourself from a very young age.”
It's this message that Stewart believes led to the widespread success of the 1988 book by Roald Dahl that was eventually made into a movie and now a live production.
But it's not just "Matilda" that has gained popularity and touched the hearts of families across the country. Other books by Dahl have also made their way into the mainstream.
His novel "James and the Giant Peach" was made into a movie in 1996 starring Richard Dreyfuss and Susan Sarandon. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, was released in 2005, and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" with George Clooney and Meryl Streep was released in 2009.
But Dahl, who passed away at 74 in 1990, has also had a good past year. His book "The BFG" was made into a movie and directed by Steven Spielberg just last year.
While some film critics have called the movie release of "The BFG" a flop, only grossing $55,483,770 overall in the U.S on a production budget of $140 million, Dahl's empowering messages and imaginative storytelling still endure today.
Here are 10 quotes from Dahl's books to remind you of your personal power and help you to reawaken your inner child.
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." — from "The Minpins"
"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." — from "The Twits"
"So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone." — from "Matilda"
"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be." — from "My Uncle Oswald"
"A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men." — from "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator"
"We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it." — from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
"I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I've also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It's sure to be a phony." — from "Danny the Champion of the World"
“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable...” — from "Matilda"
"So please, oh, please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall…" — from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
"Well, maybe it started that way. As a dream, but doesn’t everything. Those buildings. These lights. This whole city. Somebody had to dream about it first. And maybe that is what I did. I dreamed about coming here, but then I did it." — from "James and the Giant Peach"