Toad of Toad Hall: A magical, enchanting tale of friendship

Come out and enjoy the evergreen
tale of life on the riverbank and rural tranquillity when Toad of Toad Hall
opens on 17 September at Prospect Playhouse.

You’ll see the inhabitants – Mole, Ratty
and Badger — whose abode is shattered by the eccentric behaviour of Toad, in
this fun-filled adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic book, The Wind in the
Willows.

A. A. Milne’s Toad of Toad Hall is
brought magically to life in this enchanting tale of adventure, friendship,
courage and hope. 

The production boasts an
all-children cast, ranging in age from seven to 16. The 24-member troupe will
be headed up by: Nicola Galvin (Toad); Veronic (Ratty); Maddy Bowyer (Mole);
and Hannah Howe (Badger).

“When considering this production
…, I wanted to engage our Student Executive Council and have a production
that was a learning experience for younger aspiring actors, actresses and
production enthusiasts,” said the play’s director, Karie Bergstrom.

“Vacation schedules were certainly
one of the main challenges and working with students, some with no theatre
experience.”

With 27 students in the cast, she
said, “We had a lot of assistance from the more senior student members, and I
am actually ‘directing’ the play, Phil Pace is our producer and the highlights
of directing have been working with each and every cast member. They are all at
different levels and are so enthusiastic about being a part of this
production.”

“I love to laugh, and this takes me
back to my early career as a teacher. They all have such great ideas,” said
Bergstrom.

She added that she really prefers
working with students because they are eager to learn and are willing to take
direction, since they don’t have experience.

“I have been pleasantly surprised
about how polished some of them are and most of the cast are girls playing
traditionally male roles. But they carry it off quite well.

“Of course, you will have to come
and see it and judge for yourself,” she added. “They are all so lovely to work
with.” 

Having the Cayman Drama Society
behind the production is a huge benefit, she noted. “When I directed the same
play in 1977, I did just about everything.”

Now, she said, “I have a great
production team that know what they are doing. In addition, the Prospect
Playhouse is a great theatre with a large stage for the production and gives us
much more room than we had back then at George Town Town Hall. This will be a
more professional production.”

In addition, Teri Quappe is
responsible for costumes and has been able to pull most of the wardrobe from
the Cayman Drama Society’s inventory.

Organising the production has had
its many rewards.

“It is extremely important as a
director to understand what the original writer planned for the performance and
then decide how you, as a director, plan to enhance or put your own creative
spin on it,” she said. “In some cases, Toad of Toad Hall has been done more
like a musical. This is a fun production and will be enjoyed by adults and kids
alike, and I’m very happy to have parts of the production that I don’t have to
worry about because I have such a solid group of people helping out.” 

The play will run for 10
performances 18-26 September, including a member preview night, and will
include matinee performances on consecutive Sundays.

“We decided to appeal to the family
audience by having these on Friday and Saturday evenings with Sunday matinees,
I think this will allow families to attend together and not have to worry about
younger children attending school the next day.”

The performance schedule is as
follows: Friday, 17 September – 7pm, Saturday, 18 – 7 pm, Sunday, 19 – 3pm,
Friday, 24 – 7pm, Saturday, 25 – 7pm, Sunday, 26 – 3pm, Friday, 1 October –
7pm, Saturday, 2 – 7pm and Sunday, 3 – 3pm. Pre-booking is recommended. For
tickets, (Adults) $20 and (Children) $10, call the CDS box office, at 949-5054.

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Scene from Toad of Toad Hall
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