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 contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there is a magical/youthful vibe to most of the songs below in order to match the style of the show.


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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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Matilda Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to listen to the Matilda cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


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 (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/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

Good Girl Winnie Foster” – Tuck Everlasting

I Know It’s Today” – Shrek


Miss Honey

Astonishing” – Little Women

Better” – Little Women

I Don’t Need a Roof” – Big Fish

Sister’s Pickle” – Amélie


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

Everything’s Golden” – Tuck Everlasting

If I Left London” – Chaplin

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

When the Music Played” – Doctor Zhivago


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)

It’s Not About Me” – The Prom

Thin Air” – Amélie

When the Booth Goes Bright” – Amélie


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

My Most Beautiful Day” – Tuck Everlasting

The Life I Never Led” – Sister Act

Times Are Hard for Dreamers” – Amélie


Ensemble (Sopranos)

How Will I Know?” – Death Takes a Holiday

I Still Believe” – Amazing Grace

What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin


Ensemble (Tenors)

Good Kid” – The Lightning Thief

Lost Boy” – Darling

Take a Chance on Me” – Little Women


Ensemble (Trebles/Children)

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

Electricity” – Billy Elliot

It’s Possible” – Seussical

Think Positive” – Willy Wonka


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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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