My pal Jean Tarbett Hardiman wrote a great article recently for the Herald-Dispatch about Barboursville's own Brooklyn Nelson, who's appearing on stage on Broadway in the show Matilda the Musical!
You can read the story right here - here's an excerpt:
What Brooklyn Nelson likes most about Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical, in which she is now performing on Broadway, is that it's about children overcoming, not being held down, and showing their absolutely amazing side.
Kind of like she is.
This 11-year-old, the daughter of Todd and Tara Nelson of Barboursville, first saw "Matilda" last year on Broadway and decided she wanted to be in it. This year, she is.
As a "swing" actress in the show, she plays the roles of Lavender and Amanda and is either performing or on standby for seven of the production's eight shows per week. Her mother has relocated there along with her younger sister, Lacey, and both girls are now being homeschooled. Brooklyn formerly attended Village of Barboursville Elementary, where she did her project for last year's social studies fair on the history of Broadway.
She's also performed in several local stage productions with First Stage Theater Company, Curtains Up Players and the Huntington Area Regional Theater (HART) at Ritter Park.
This year, she's watching her dream unfold before her own eyes.
"It's such an amazing opportunity to be on stage with such high-caliber actors," Brooklyn wrote in an email from New York. "At first, I was star struck with a couple of them that I had followed. I couldn't believe I was actually in a show with them. But they are nice and down-to-earth, and I'm learning so much from them - about making your character your own, even if others have played it before you - and so much more."