EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBeloved Children's Story Stages In St. Albans
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
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Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Aug. 23, 2013 11:58 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 23, 2013 12:07 PM EDT
St. Albans , Kanawha County , West Virginia
It is a classic children's tale. Adapted from the novel by Kenneth Grahame, "The Wind In The Willows" is a romp through the Wild Wood.
When Mole abandons his spring cleaning and decides to visit the river, he encounters Ratty and discovers a brand new world.
"We've really tried to put the audience in the show," Adam Bryan, the director said. "The set comes all the way around the audience, it's on three sides. I've taken out about 80 seats in an already small theater to put you in the show. The action is going to be almost on top of you."
As the pair journeys down the river, they encounter the wealthy Mr. Toad, whose passion for fast cars eventually leads to trouble which his friends must help him survive.
"Toad, he is, as his friends would probably say, he is a very good-natured creature," Daniel Calwell (Toad) said. "He's just, he's just very eccentric you know. It takes some getting used to with Toad."
Surrounded by forest friends and weasel foes, Mole, Rat, Toad and eventually Badger must find a way to clean up Toad's mess and save his beloved Toad Hall.
"The overall theme is to basically be yourself," John Johnson (Badger) said. "All through the thing we find out that Toad gets into so much trouble, but yet he's always Toad. He's always himself and I think the other characters compliment that."
The Alban Arts Center presents "The Wind In The Willows"
Directed by Adam Bryan
August 23, 24, 30, 31 at 8:00 p.m.
August 25 and September 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students
For more information and ticket reservations please call the Alban office at 304-721-8896.
Mole – Kyle Casto
Rat –Loren Allen
Toad – Daniel Calwell
Badger – John Johnson
Otter – Anna Felty
Portly- Fiona Sullivan
Albert – Angel Gandee
Hedgehog Billy – Mackenzie Southall
Hedgehog Tommy – Caden Chapman
Rabbit Robert- Heather Hicks
Rabbit Rose- Emma Leary
Rabbit Ronald – Lauren Casto
Hedgehog Herbert-Ashley Miller
Hedgehog Harry-Emma Robinson
Squirrel Shirley –Ila Ilavezhil
Squirrel Raymond- Ashley McCann
Squirrel Samuel-Faith Bromlett
Mouse Mark-Asa Lyvers
Mouse Maureen-Miriam Hill
Mouse Malcolm-Jaxzen Allen
Mouse Martin-Meredith Shuff
Mouse Margaret- Ivy Caplinger
Mouse Martha – Meredith Shuff
Mouse Mary-Ivy Caplinger
Chief Weasel – Nikkie Williams
Gerald Ferret -Olivia Mccoy
Weasel Norman-Olivia McCoy
Sergeant Fred Ferret – Ostin Williams
Fox –Faith Medley
Weasel Wilfred- Vada Scarboro
Stoat Gerald – Anna Shuff
Stoat Cyril – BB Clark
Stoat Ian- Jillian Southall
Stoat Stuart – Aria Cowder
Motorist Rupert – Rubin Shirley
Motorist Monica – Izzy Hewitt
Magistrate – Wyatt Hanna
Clerk of Court – Libby Londeree
Jailers Daughter- Hailey Lambert
Washer Woman – Linda O’Neill
Train Driver – Marlette Carter
Barge Woman – Jessica Smith
Gypsy – Tabatha Slater
Policeman- Libby Londeree
River Bankers – Bohdi Allen, Elijah Kiser, Logan Roberts, Kaylee Anderson
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