Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Matilda – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Matilda? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for Matilda, broken down by character.

Since Matilda is a 2010s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 2000s – 2020s. There are also lots of magical selections below to match the musical’s style.

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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something upbeat, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.

Step 2: Study the show

Before auditioning, you should get familiar with the show, and listening to the cast album is a great way to do that. Here’s where you can learn more about Matilda.

Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.

Matilda Wormwood

Almost Nearly Perfect” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Everlasting” – Tuck Everlasting

Halfway” – Amélie

I Know It’s Today” – Shrek

Miss Honey

Better” – Little Women

I Don’t Need a Roof” – Big Fish

Sister’s Pickle” – Amélie

Sylvia’s Lullaby” – Finding Neverland

Miss Agatha Trunchbull

I Want the Good Times Back” – The Little Mermaid

Just Around the Corner” – The Addams Family

Play With Your Food” – Honk!

They Don’t Know” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

Mr. Wormwood

A Bit Misunderstood” – The Three Little Pigs

Everything’s Golden” – Tuck Everlasting

Sennett Song” – Chaplin

The Genius on Cleveland Street” – A Christmas Story

Mrs. Wormwood

Amayzing Mayzie” – Seussical

Brimstone and Treacle” – Mary Poppins

It’s a Privilege to Pee” – Urinetown

Life With Harold” – The Full Monty

Ensemble (Altos)

Here Alone” – Little Women

Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

My Most Beautiful Day” – Tuck Everlasting

Ensemble (Baritones)

How I Am” – Little Women

How It Ends” – Big Fish

It Must Be Believed to Be Seen” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Ensemble (Basses)

Deep Into the Ground” – Billy Elliot

Everything About You” – Groundhog Day

Night Will Come” – Groundhog Day

Ensemble (Contras)

Grow” – The Great British Bake Off Musical

It’s Not About Me” – The Prom

Whatever Time I Have” – Mrs Henderson Presents

Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!

Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

All That Matters” – Finding Neverland

Monster” – Frozen

Waiting” – The Addams Family

Ensemble (Sopranos)

How Will I Know?” – Death Takes a Holiday

I Still Believe” – Amazing Grace

What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin

Ensemble (Tenors)

A Bit Misunderstood” – The Three Little Pigs

Good Kid” – The Lightning Thief

Seventeen” – Tuck Everlasting

Ensemble (Trebles/Children)

A Letter From Charlie Bucket” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Electricity” – Billy Elliot

It’s Possible” – Seussical

Whatcha Gonna Do?” – Chaplin

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Matilda:

• “Flying” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Spell” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “The Flying Dream” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “Thoughts” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!

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Matilda Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Matilda, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.

Act 1:

“Miracle” – Mrs. Wormwood, Mr. Wormwood, Matilda, Ensemble

Naughty” – Matilda

“Acrobat Story I” – Matilda, Mrs. Phelps, Acrobat, Escapologist

“School Song” – Kids

Pathetic” – Miss Honey

“The Hammer” – Miss Trunchbull, Kids, Miss Honey

“Naughty (Reprise)” – Matilda

“Chokey Chant” – Kids

Loud” – Mrs. Wormwood, Rudolpho, Ensemble

This Little Girl” – Miss Honey

“Acrobat Story II” – Matilda, Mrs. Phelps, Escapologist, Acrobat’s Sister

“Bruce” – Kids

Act 2:

Telly” – Mr. Wormwood

When I Grow Up” – Kids, Miss Honey, Matilda

“Acrobat Story III” – Matilda, Mrs. Phelps, Acrobat, Escapologist

“Acrobat Story IV” – Matilda, Acrobat’s Sister, Escapologist

The Smell of Rebellion” – Miss Trunchbull, Kids

Quiet” – Matilda

My House” – Miss Honey, Escapologist

“Revolting Children” – Kids

“When I Grow Up (Reprise)” – Company

Which of these audition songs for Matilda did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.

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Stacy Karyn, Author of Audition Songs for Matilda.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


2 thoughts on “The Best Audition Songs for Matilda – by Character

    • That’s amaaazing Heath! Congratulations, and thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

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