Young Parkland Performers Take the Stage in Matilda: The Musical 
Parkland residents Ellie Rose Pulsifer and Jack Rodman.

By Sharon Aron Baron

Two Parkland students are currently appearing in the ensemble of Slow Burn Theatre Company’s critically-acclaimed production of Matilda: The Musical.

Ellie Rose Pulsifer, 11, and Jack Rodman, 12, star in the musical, which opened on March 25 and continues through Sunday, April 10. 

A student at Parkland Somerset Academy, Ellie is an actor, singer, and dancer last seen in Gypsy at The Wick Theatre. Other productions include The Jungle Book (Mowgli), Shrek (Young Fiona), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Matilda (Matilda), Descendants (Audrey), and Annie (Molly). 

Jack, who is in the sixth grade at North Broward Prep, has been acting since he was four. He now appears in his second professional show with Slow Burn Theatre, previously portraying Grover Dill in A Christmas Story The Musical in 2019. 

When Jack was seven, he had his first professional role at Stage Door Theater as Little Guido in Nine. He is also heavily involved in Children’s theater at Broadway Bound in Coral Springs. Some of his most recent roles were Ms. Trunchbull in another production of Matilda, Emmet in Legally Blonde, and in May plays Troy Bolton in High School Musical. During quarantine, Jack created “Driveway Musicals,” providing hours of entertainment for his community and earning a mention on the Today show. 

A captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Matilda: The Musical, revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. 

Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages worldwide. Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $49.00 and are available online at or; phone at 954-462-0222 or the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office.

Groups of 10+ save 10% by contacting $25 Student and Teacher tickets available with valid Student or Teacher ID. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Broward Center and Parker Playhouse.

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Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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