The Otaki Players Society are up and ready to begin there next major musical for 2015, “Whistle Down The Wind”.
“Whistle Down The Wind” is a musical, which premiered in the West End of London in 1996, is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Jim Steinman, known for his work with Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler.
Based on the novel and much loved film of the same name by Mary Hayley Bell, the setting was moved from Lancashire to small town Louisiana in 1959. “Whistle Down The Wind” is an extraordinary tale about the transforming power of love. It combines epic storytelling with intimate emotion as the innocence of children collides with the cynicism of the adult world. It tells the story of three children — 16 year old Swallow, sister Bluejay (known as Brat), and younger brother Robin (known as Poor Baby) — as they approach their first Christmas since the death of their mother. Discovering an escaped criminal hiding in their barn, they become convinced that he is Jesus, and agree to keep his location secret. The plot contrasts the innocence of the children with the fervour of the town’s residents to inflict punishment on the supposed evil in their midst.
“Whistle Down The Wind” with it’s multi award winning songs have been performed by artists including Tom Jones, Donny Osmond, Tina Arena, Boy George and, unforgettably, Boyzone, who went double platinum with the 1998 No 1 hit single “No Matter What”.
Rob Heather, a member of the Otaki Players Society for a number of years, has directed many successful productions and is looking forward to placing his mark on this musical which has only just been released in New Zealand for amateur Societies to perform. Graham Orchard will be the musical Director. Graham has also been involved with the Otaki Players for over 25 years and has musically directed many of the societies musicals, including, Cats, Les Miserable, Evita and last year’s sell-out production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”.
“Whistle Down The Wind” requires a cast of around 40. And no matter how good the songs may be, The Otaki Players need a talented cast consisting of both children and adult speaking/singing roles, as well as group singing.
Specified roles and characters can be found by visiting our website (www.otakiplayers.co.nz) along with the songs that you will be required to sing at the audition. A pre-audition meeting will be held at the Civic Theatre on Wednesday 1st April at 7.30pm. This will be a great opportunity to find out more about the characters and also hear the music. Auditions will take place on Sunday 19th April from 11.am at the Civic Theatre in Otaki. Please contact ? for an audition time.
The Otaki Players Society are also keen for anyone who wishes to be involved with this production to also come forward on the day and register their interest, whether it be set building, painting, costumes, props, musicians, tea makers, make up artists…..the list goes on.
These major musical productions require the assistance of many people, and those that have been involved previously will know that staging a show is a “Team” effort.
OTAKI PLAYERS SOCIETY PRESENTS
Sunday 19 April 2015 from 11.00am by appointment
(Production meeting held on Wednesday 1st April to discuss the show and explain the characters required)
Phone or text Rob on 0276789866