Family Classic ‘Wind in the Willows’ Returns to NCT Stage

Wind in the WillowsNashville Children’s Theatre continues its 81st season with the classic The Wind in the Willows Feb. 28 through March 24.

It’s Mr. Toad’s wild ride in all its chaotic glory on NCT’s stage! This favorite story follows Toad’s self-destructive motorcar frivolity as well as his many other adventures, including escaping from jail and – with the help of his long-suffering friends Badger, Ratty and Mole – recapturing Toad Hall from the dastardly Weasels.

A popular title in NCT’s long production history, The Wind in the Willows was adapted by NCT Producing Director Scot Copeland and Music Director Paul Carrol Binkley. Based on the book by Kenneth Grahame and the songs of Gilbert and Sullivan, this show is a musical adventure for ages six and up.

The cast features Samuel Whited III as Toad, Rona Carter as Badger, Bobby Wyckoff as Ratty and Peter Vann as Mole. Additional cast members include Cori Anne Laemmel, Henry Haggard and Bralyn Stokes. Scenic design is by Scott Boyd and costume design by Patricia Taber with video design by Colin Peterson and lighting design by Scott Leathers.

Four actors will be reprising their roles from previous NCT productions of The Wind in the Willows: This will be the fourth time Whited has played Toad, the third time Carter has played Badger and the second time Wyckoff has played Ratty and Vann has played Mole.

Tickets (Adults: $19; Youths up to 17 and Seniors age 65 and up $12; Groups of 10 or more $11; Thursday, Feb. 28 6:30 p.m. preview performance $12 Adults and $6 Youths) can be purchased online at NashvilleCT.org or by phone at (615) 252-4675.

SPECIAL EVENTS

•           Opening Saturday: Saturday, March 2 – Prior to the 2 p.m. performance NCT hosts special show related activities. The activities are free.

•           After-words: Saturday, March 9 – After the 2 pm performance, we invite the audience to enjoy a Q&A with the cast and some of the show’s technical staff to learn more about the show’s creation.

•           Open Captioning: Saturday, March 16 – The 2 pm performance will offer open captioning for patrons with hearing loss. Open Captioning is co-sponsored by Tennessee Captioning.

*Photo of (L to R) Rona Carter, Peter Vann, Samuel Whited III and Bobby Wyckoff by Dan Brewer courtesy Nashville Children’s Theatre.

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