Theater-goers encouraged to donate books during Walnut Street Theatre's run of 'Matilda'

Rachel Kurland
November 01, 2018 - 2:00 pm
9: The cast of "Matilda The Musical" performs onstage at The 67th Annual Tony Awards.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the holiday season of giving approaches and the musical tour of "Matilda" calls Philadelphia its temporary home, Walnut Street Theatre is asking its patrons to stay on theme with an act of kindness.

Drawing from the young and intelligent Matilda's love for reading and learning, Walnut Street Theatre has partnered with Philadelphia READS Jacoby Book Bank to pass on the love of books to kids in Philly.

Throughout the run of the award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Matilda," theater-goers are encouraged to bring a book with them to the show to donate to Philadelphia READS.

Visitors can also donate through Philadelphia READS' Amazon Wish List.

Philadelphia READS provides resources for the city's educators, who are able to get up to 350 books per school year, as well as supplemental classroom supplies. The book drive intends to enhance teachers' classroom libraries.

"Matilda" runs at the Walnut Street Theatre from Nov. 6 to Jan. 6, 2019. Tickets start at about $38.