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Some may choose Carrie, but Matilda has always been my favorite telekinetic gal in literature. Not only has she read every book in the library but she can also fling her evil headmistress Miss Trunchbull around a room with only her mind. Now Roald Dahl’s pint-size mental powerhouse is brought to the stage, complete with stellar song and dance. With four Tony awards and a record-setting seven Olivier Awards from productions on Broadway and London’s West End, this isn’t some cheesy forced adaptation either. With its soaring sets, garish costumes, and cast of more than a dozen ridiculously talented children who masterfully sing and dance like it’s no big deal, the show is both spectacle and inspirational story. It’s a great watch for your kid sister, who will learn about the power of the written word, or your girl squad, who will likely appreciate a piece of life advice from Matilda herself: “Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.” At least we can all agree on the musical’s main draw: Everyone wants to see how Bruce Bogtrotter eats that entire chocolate cake live on stage. The musical runs Dec. 15 to Jan. 10 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $30–$204. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.