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Khandallah Arts Theatre AUDITIONS The Wind in the Willows By Alan Bennett Adapted from the book by Kenneth Grahame Directed by Shannon Tubman We are looking for a cast of 17 – 20 performers aged 10 years to 100 years! TO BOOK AN AUDITION TIME, ring Production Manager, Marj Lawson, 972 6180 or 027 223 7797 The dates Auditions are Sunday 9th April (10 am to 4 pm) and Tuesday 11th April (7.30 – 8.30pm) Rehearsals start Tuesday May 2nd and are on Tuesdays 7.30 – 10pm, Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm and Sundays 2pm – 5pm. Whenever possible, the rehearsal schedule will try to allow younger performers to leave early. Performances are Thursday July 20th – Saturday July 29th: evenings first Thursday and both Fridays and Saturdays; matinees both Saturdays and first Sunday. The experience Theatre is a vibrant and engaging experience for all ages. It builds confidence and lifelong friendships. Acting and performance can lead to other valuable theatre related skills. We hope to create an environment where the younger performers not only have fun but are inspired by those around them. We hope the older performers and production team get a kick out of seeing their chosen hobby take hold in the next generation. The play Wind in the Willows is a classic story of friendship and adventure, peppered with lessons in morality and manners. The gregarious and warm characters of Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger have been capturing children’s hearts and imaginations since 1908. This theatrical version is written with the wit and satire that Alan Bennett is renowned for, much of the humour is aimed directly at adults, but the characters, action and physical comedy will tickle children and carefree adults alike. Come help us recreate the rich world of Wind in the Willows. The characters Roles specifically for adults The four lead characters are for adult performers of any gender. We’re looking for performers with high energy, strong characterisations and a good awareness of their physicality. Singing or movement skills are a bonus, but not essential. Mole; A mild-mannered, home-loving animal, and the first character introduced in the story. Fed up with spring cleaning in his secluded home, he ventures into the outside world. Initially overawed by the hustle and bustle of the riverbank, he eventually adapts. Rat; Known as "Ratty" (though actually a water vole), he is cultured, relaxed and friendly and enjoys a life of leisure; when not spending time on the river, he composes poetry. Ratty loves the river and takes charge of Mole. He can be stubborn when it comes to doing things outside his riverside lifestyle. Badger; Gruff and solitary, "simply hates society", Badger embodies the "wise hermit" figure. A friend of Toad's late father, he is uncompromising with the disappointing Toad, yet remains optimistic that his good qualities will prevail. A brave and skilled fighter. Toad; The wealthy owner of Toad Hall. Although good-natured, kind-hearted and not without intelligence, he is also spoiled, conceited, and impulsive. He is prone to obsessions and crazes (such as punting, houseboats, and horse-drawn caravans). His motoring craze eventually sees him imprisoned for theft, dangerous driving, and gross impertinence to the police. Roles open to all (ages 10 upwards) The world of Wind in the Willows is made rich by all the animals and people who inhabit it. The play has 43 written parts. Most performers will be cast in multiple roles, possibly up to four different roles. Everyone cast will get a speaking part. The Woodland Creatures; Rabbits (Robert, Rose, Ronald), Hedgehogs (Herbert, Harry and Tommy) and the Field Mice. The friendly creatures who follow the adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toady. These creatures like to gossip, to join in the fun and help make the story a fast paced and humorous one. The Wild Wooders; Weasels (Chief, Norman, Wilfred), Stoat, Ferret and Fox are the baddies of the play. They are the story's main antagonists. They plot to take over Toad Hall. These performers need to be able to create a menacing and threatening presence on stage. o The role of Chief Weasel is quite large, and is less likely to be doubled with other roles. This role requires a confident performer, who is not only capable of portraying the leader of the gang of Wild Wooders, but comfortable being in charge of entrances and starting scenes. o Fox is a dapper elegant member of the Wild Wooders, nothing like the thugs that make up the rest of the gang. The Humans; Monica & Rupert (Motorists), Magistrate, Clerk, Policeman, Bargewoman, Train Driver, Gypsy, Gaoler's Daughter, Washerwoman, Salesman (many of these ‘human’ roles have the potential for humorous characterisations and cameo like status). Otter & Portly; Otter is a friend of Ratty with stereotypical "Cockney costermonger" characteristics – he is extrovert, tough and self-sufficient. Portly is his young son. They only appear in one scene. Albert the Horse; A depressed horse with many of the wittiest lines, requires a dry delivery, without dropping energy or pace. Magistrate; This is a very wordy role that features heavily in one scene, a brilliant opportunity for a cameo performance. Exceptional diction and pace required.