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NRACT Will Stage Liz Peterson’s Lively Musical Adaptation of “The Wind in the Willows”

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre will present "The Wind in the Willows" on May 4-6, 11-13, and 18-20 in its small black-box theater in the Greystone Village Shopping Center

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre will present "The Wind in the Willows" on May 4-6, 11-13, and 18-20 in its small black-box theater in the Greystone Village Shopping Center

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre will stage a youth-theater version of a lively musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, with book, music, and lyrics by Liz Peterson of Lake Forest, IL, based on the classic 1908 children’s book by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), on May 4-6, 11-13, and 18-20 in its small black-box theater in the Greystone Village Shopping Center, in north Raleigh, NC. Sheila Outhwaite will direct the show.

According to Dramatic Publishing:

“The musical is an always lively, often hilarious adaptation with wisdom enough for all. [Liz] Peterson’s music and lyrics add to the charm of the classic story, enhancing an old favorite. The wealthy, spoiled and wildly enthusiastic Mr. Toad of Toad Hall [played for NRACT by Tanner Lagasca] takes up a new hobby — motorcars — and terrorizes the once-peaceful English countryside along the Thames. His friends Rat [Michael Carper], Badger [Max Thomas], and Mole [Megan Mercer-Bourne] try to talk sense to him without success.

“As a last resort, they lock him in his bedroom. He escapes and ‘borrows’ a motorcar without asking — then the big trouble starts!”

In addition to the actors named above, the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre cast for The Wind in the Willows includes Vita Mazzaluna as Otter, a Traveller, a Barge Woman, and a Weasel; Elana Cole as Billy Hedgehog, a Traveller, and a Ferret; Payne Knight as Randolf Hedgehog and a Stoat; Jessica Makler as Margaret and a Ferret; Louise Farmer as the Chief Weasel, an Aunt, and a Innkeeper; Claire Olinger as Portly, a Stoat, a Traveller, and a Field Mouse; Makenna Rynut as a Clerk, a Policeman, an Attendant, and a Ferret; Jack W. Biggs as a Policeman and a Ferret; Natalie Olinger as a Judge, an Engineer, and a Stoat; Khushi Patel as a Field Mouse and a Stoat; and Arel Marsh as a Field Mouse and a Weasel. Besides Badger, Max Thomas also plays a Piper and William.

Besides director Sheila Outhwaite, the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre creative team for The Wind in the Willows includes musical director Craig Johnson, assistant director Sandra Shelton, technical director Todd Houseknecht, costume designer Kelly Taylor, and stage manager Jennifer Elmo.

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre presents THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS at 7 p.m. May 4 and 5, 3 p.m. May 6, 7 p.m. May 11 and 12, 3 p.m. May 13, 7 p.m. May 18 and 19, and 3 p.m. May 20 at NRACT, in the Greystone Village Shopping Center, 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina 27615.

TICKETS: $15 ($12 students and seniors 62+), except $10 Sunday matinees.

BOX OFFICE: 919-866-0228, info@nract.org, or https://www.vendini.com/.

SHOW: http://www.nract.org/2012/04/15/the-wind-in-the-willows/.

PRESENTER/VENUE: http://nract.org/.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.idiots.net/improv-raleigh-village-idiots-contact.html.

OTHER LINKS:

The Musical: http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p2635/The-Wind-in-the-Willows-(musical)-(Peterson)/product_info.html (Dramatic Publishing).

Liz Peterson: http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/AuthorBio.php?titlelink=10922 (Dramatic Publishing) and http://usaplays4kids.drury.edu/playwrights/peterson/ (USA Plays for Kids).

The Wind in the Willows (background): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wind_in_the_Willows (Wikipedia).

The Wind in the Willows (e-text): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/27805 (Project Gutenberg).

Kenneth Grahame: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Grahame (Wikipedia).

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