This was one of those performances that spoke to the adage "good things come in small packages." In the Springfield Muni Opera's Matilda, Cam Lecocq mastered the role Matilda Wormwood with aplomb. They easily embodied and conveyed the character's complexities through a well-done accent, strong singing and capable acting. The mix of sadness, wonderment and a little bit of naughtiness impressed and entertained audiences night after night. It's no surprise that this memorable performance was chosen for a Best of Springfield nod.
Matilda was part of the Muni's first season back post-pandemic, and this enchantingly odd show was a welcome feast for the senses, with artful designs, witty dialog and a talented cast, with Lecocq leading the charge. Matilda is a demanding role, requiring the performer to almost never leave the stage, but Lecocq made it look easy. It was their first, but definitely not last, lead role and we look forward to future performances.
Speaking of which, Lecocq can be seen next in Springfield Theatre Centre's Fun Home, which opens Nov. 11 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Lecocq is also proof the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as real-life dad, Scott, portrayed their father in Matilda and has been seen in other local productions, while mom Kristi is a well-known singer fronting popular area bands. Keep an eye out for this talented family.