ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Notre Dame High School is in its final preparations to bring a classic story to the stage with its upcoming production of Matilda the Musical.

Based on Roald Dahl's famous 1988 novel of the same name, Matilda the Musical tells the story of Matilda Wormwood, a 5-year-old girl who uses her gift of telekinesis to overcome the cruel treatment of her family members and the tyrannical headmistress of her school, as well as help her teacher reclaim her life from a traumatizing past.

Bunny Baldwin, a sophomore at Notre Dame High School, takes center stage as the show's title character, a role she was thrilled to step into the shoes of.

"It's been a lot of fun," she said. "There's been so many different versions of her. Like on Broadway, they had six kids playing the same role, so it's fun to make her my own, but I absolutely love doing the [British] accent and all the stories. It's just been a great experience."

Playing one of Matilda's aloof parents is actually Baldwin's best friend, freshman Sabrina O'Connor, who puts aside her love for Baldwin onstage to play the boisterous Mrs. Wormwood.

"It's been really fun to portray her and dig into her because she's very outgoing...and kind of self-centered," O'Connor said. "She only cares about dancing and winning the Bi-Annual International Amateur Salsa and Ballroom Dancing Championship."

While Matilda and her mother seem to be complete opposites in the show, they do have one thing in common: a British accent. In fact, all characters in Matilda the Musical have one -- unlike the 1994 film adaptation -- making the cast of Notre Dame's production have to attend what they called "British Boot Camp."

"Every single day we would have private lessons, trying to perfect the accent, [say] every single word, and make sure it's exactly right," said O'Connor.

While some could say "British Boot Camp" was a fun bonding activity for the cast, one activity that they are very excited to bond over is watching the upcoming film version of Matilda the Musical, which is set to premiere on Netflix on Dec. 2.

"We're actually planning on having a party with all our castmates," Baldwin said. "We're going to have a sleepover and watch it."

Matilda the Musical plays at Notre Dame High School's Charles and Mary Crossed Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be bought at the door.