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.
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.
“Almost Nearly Perfect” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“Everlasting” – Tuck Everlasting
“Halfway” – Amélie
“I Know It’s Today” – Shrek
“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
“A Bit Misunderstood” – The Three Little Pigs
“Everything’s Golden” – Tuck Everlasting
“Sennett Song” – Chaplin
“The Genius on Cleveland Street” – A Christmas Story
“Amayzing Mayzie” – Seussical
“Brimstone and Treacle” – Mary Poppins
“It’s a Privilege to Pee” – Urinetown
“Life With Harold” – The Full Monty
“Here Alone” – Little Women
“Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess
“When the Music Played” – Doctor Zhivago
“How I Am” – Little Women
“How It Ends” – Big Fish
“It Must Be Believed to Be Seen” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“Deep Into the Ground” – Billy Elliot
“Everything About You” – Groundhog Day
“Night Will Come” – Groundhog Day
“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!
“My Most Beautiful Day” – Tuck Everlasting
“The Life I Never Led” – Sister Act
“Times Are Hard for Dreamers” – Amélie
“How Will I Know?” – Death Takes a Holiday
“I Still Believe” – Amazing Grace
“What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin
“Good Kid” – The Lightning Thief
“If I Left London” – Chaplin
“Take a Chance on Me” – Little Women
“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!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
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.
“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
“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.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
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.