2024 Summer Registration opens Wednesday, January 10th!

This program has filled!
Please email scharmm@fargo.k12.nd.us if you would like to be put on a waitlist.

Matilda Jr.

Totally Trollwood Musical offers 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students an opportunity to claim the stage! Gain performance and production skills training as you stage the musical, Matilda Jr., under the guidance of professional educators and artists.

During the process you will learn about:

  • Character development
  • Healthy vocal technique
  • Musical Theatre dance moves
  • Set construction
  • Being a team player
  • & So much more!

Totally Trollwood Musical welcomes beginning to advanced students. The program is open enrollment and is filled on a first come, first served basis.  Auditions will be held at the start of the program for placement of roles.

Grades:  6, 7, & 8 (all grades refer to 2023-2024 school year)

Dates: July 1-3, 8 -August 1, 2024

Orientation:  July 1, 7:00pm, Trollwood Performing Arts School, 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead.  Required for student and at least one parent/guardian.

Auditions/Callbacks: July 2 & 3, Fargo North High School, 801 17th Ave N, Fargo, ND, times TBD. Sign up for a July 2nd audition slot at the TTM Orientation.  Callbacks will be held on July 3rd.  The Callback List will be posted on the Totally Trollwood Musical Notes and Updates tab on the Trollwood website.
Reminder:  No auditions to participate. Audition process is to assign roles.

Registration:  Summer 2024 registration opens January 10th, after 5:00pm.

Registration Deadline: May 25; students are encouraged to enroll early, program filled on a first come, first served basis.
NOTE: Registration remains open after this deadline, subject to availability, as enrollment is capped. However, a $50 late fee will be assessed.

Rehearsal & Performances Location: Fargo North High School, 801 17th Ave N, Fargo, ND.

Rehearsals:  July 8-29, Tuesday–Thursday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm full cast rehearsals. Mondays, 8:30 am–4:30 pm rehearsals for featured roles and others as scheduled.  Fridays tech work scheduled as needed.
NOTE:  Monday, July 8th will be a FULL CAST rehearsal and Monday, July 29th will be a dress rehearsal for FULL CAST.

Performances: July 30 and 31 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm, Fargo North High School, 801 17th Ave N, Fargo, ND.

Strike & Production Party: August 1, 8:30am-12:00pm, Fargo North High School, 801 17th Ave N, Fargo, ND.

Lunch: Students responsible for bringing their own lunch, snack and beverages daily.

Fee: See Program Fees page here

Roald Dahl’s Matilda JR

Rebellion is nigh in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the “revolting children” who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson.

Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence… and special powers! She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda JR. is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Show synopsis courtesy of Music Theatre International

is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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Katie Damico
Totally Trollwood Musical Director

Katie Damico is super excited to be returning for another summer at Trollwood!  Katie just finished her 21st year of teaching and currently is the 7-8 choir director at Horizon East Middle School in Moorhead.  In addition to her full time teaching job, Katie also vocal directs the fall musical at Fargo North High School and is an assistant speech coach at Moorhead High School. During her many years working for Trollwood, she has vocal directed and taught for many of the programs, including winter academy, TTA, TA, Artspark and June Session vocal classes.  Katie lives in Moorhead with her husband Daniel, and two children, Isaiah (17) and Lily (14).

Ayden Smith
Stage Manager

Ayden Smith is an actor and musician in Fargo. Growing up in Wahpeton, he moved to Fargo to attend NDSU for Vocal Music and Theatre. Ayden spends his time performing in a variety of productions around the area, writing songs, and singing karaoke. He is excited to return to Trollwood to teach classes in June and Stage Manage Matilda Jr. with The Totally Trollwood Musical.

This page will be used during the program to keep parents and students updated!


The Totally Trollwood Musical offers cross-curricular arts education and training to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (all grades refer to 2023-2024 school year).  It also provides valuable performance experience and unique, differentiated instruction tailored to the needs of every student.  The multiple curricular areas and applicable standards and benchmarks are listed below.  Not all standards and benchmarks are addressed in every opportunity, but a significant number of standards and benchmarks within multiple disciplines are represented.


Standard 1: Singing
Students sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

6-8.1.1. Sing accurately and with good breath control throughout their singing ranges, alone and in small and large groups.
6-8.1.2. Sing with expression and technical accuracy a varied repertoire of vocal literature.
6-8.1.3. Sing music representing diverse genres and cultures.
6-8.1.4. Sing music written in two and three parts.

Standard 2: Instrumental Performance
Students perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

*This standard is not applicable in Totally Trollwood Musical.

Standard 3: Improvisation
Students improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

*This standard is not applicable in Totally Trollwood Musical.

Standard 4: Composition
Students compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.

*This standard is not applicable in Totally Trollwood Musical.

Standard 5: Reading Music
Students read and notate music.

6-8.5.1. Read complex rhythms in simple and compound meters.
6-8.5.2. Sight-read simple melodies in both the treble and bass clefs.
6-8.5.3. Know standard notation symbols.

Standard 6: Listening
Students listen to, analyze, and describe music.

6-8.6.1. Understand appropriate terminology to describe specific music events.

Standard 7: Evaluating Music
Students evaluate music and music performances.

6-8.7.1. Know how to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of music and music performances.
6-8.7.2. Know how to apply specific criteria when offering constructive suggestions for improving the performance of self and others.

Standard 8: Music and Other Disciplines
Students understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and other disciplines.

6-8.8.1. Know how relationships expressed through music can be expressed differently through other art forms.
6-8.8.2. Know how principles and concepts of other disciplines are related to those of music.

Standard 9: Music, History, and Culture
Students understand music in relation to history and culture.

6-8.9.3. Know the functions of music, the roles of musicians, and the conditions of performance in several cultures of the world.


Standard 2: Acting
Students will engage in fundamental acting skills.

6-8.2.1.Know resource elements that help to create character motivations.
6-8.2.2. Develop a character’s behavior through a combination of movement, vocal pitch, and tone.
6-8.2.3. Interact in an ensemble.

Standard 3: Production
Students use fundamental production skills.

6-8.3.1. Know the technical elements of a scene or play.
6-8.3.2. Know publicity and house management duties.

Standard 4: Cultural Context of Drama
Students will understand the drama’s role in cultural and human experiences.

6-8.4.1. Know the historical, social, and cultural factors that influence theatre.
6-8.4.2. Know aspects of dramatic genres from a variety of cultures.

Standard 5: Consumer of Theatre
Students will understand how to be knowledgeable consumers of theatre.

6-8.5.1. Use appropriate audience behaviors.
6-8.5.2. Prepare for selected theatrical events.
6-8.5.3. Use knowledge of production elements to respond to a theatrical event.

Standard 6: Drama and Human Development
Students understand the role of theatre in human development.

6-8.6.1. Use drama to develop creative thinking skills.
6-8.6.2. Use drama to develop critical thinking skills.
6-8.6.3. Use drama to develop social skills.

Standard 7: Drama and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between drama and other disciplines.

6-8.7.1. Know the relationship of the other fine arts to drama.
6-8.7.2. Know how concepts expressed through drama can be expressed differently through other art disciplines.
6-8.7.3. Know the relationship of other disciplines outside of the arts to drama.


Standard 1: Movement Skills
Students understand the role of movement elements and skills in dance.

6-8.1.1. Understand the characteristics of various dance movements and the underlying principles common to all movement.
6-8.1.2. Know basic dance steps, body positions, and spatial patterns for dances from various styles or traditions.
6-8.1.3. Understand the process of transferring a spatial pattern from the visual to the kinesthetic.
6-8.1.4. Understand the process of transferring a rhythmic pattern from auditory to kinesthetic.
6-8.1.5. Know a range of dynamics/movement qualities.
6-8.1.6. Use kinesthetic awareness, concentration, and focus in performing movement skills.
6-8.1.7. Use dance vocabulary to describe the action and movement elements in a dance.

Standard 2: Choreography
Students understand choreographic principles, processes, and structures.

6-8.2.1. Understand the relationship of principles of creative design to dance.
6-8.2.2. Understand the significance of the processes of reordering and chance.
6-8.2.3. Understand the importance of dance structures or forms.
6-8.2.4. Understand the importance of working cooperatively in a small group during the choreographic process.
6-8.2.5. Know partner dance skills.
6-8.2.6. Know performance etiquette and stage terms.

Standard 3: Dance and Meaning
Students understand dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.

6-8.3.1. Understand the difference between pantomiming and miming.
6-8.3.2. Understand how different accompaniments can affect the meaning of dance.
6-8.3.3. Communicate feelings, ideas, and needs through dance.

Standard 4: Dance and Thinking Skills
Students apply critical and creative thinking skills in dance.

6-8.4.1. Solve movement problems.
6-8.4.2. Know the critical elements that contribute to a dance in terms of space, time, and force.
6-8.4.3. Know the possible aesthetic criteria for evaluating dance.

Standard 5: Dance, History, and Culture
Students understand the historical development of dance and its relationship to various cultures.

6-8.5.4. Know the appropriate audience response to dance performances.

Standard 7: Dance and Other Disciplines
Students understand the difference between dance and other disciplines.

6-8.7.1. Know how various dance concepts and principles relate to other disciplines.
6-8.7.2. Know the aesthetic impact of performance.