New Minowa Players is excited to announce the cast for their upcoming children’s show, “The Wind in the Willows”, playing to a live audience on Oct. 21-24 at the NMP Theatre, 906 South Mill Street, Decorah.
The Wind in the Willows is an original musical loosely based on the famous children’s book by Kenneth Graham. The New Minowa Players script was written by Rick Scheffert who also directs the show. The music and lyrics were written by Sheryl Scheffert. This production will be the thirteenth original children’s show that the Schefferts have written and directed for New Minowa Players.
The tale features Narrator Mary Brown and begins with Mole, played by Elsa Propson, performing the drudgery of doing her spring cleaning. She decides an alternative task would be to go and enjoy the outside world. She runs into some rambunctious rabbits (Rabbit 1, Olivia Blake; Rabbit 2, Mary Brown, and Rabbit 3, Taylor Vick ). Water Rat, played by Nessa Kane invites Mole and Otter, played by Olivia Blake to lunch. Mole confides that she has never been on a boat and in disbelief, Water Rat invites her to ride in her boat. On another day, Mole wants to meet Toad, played by Kaya Johnson. Mole, Water Rat, and the rabbits all go to visit Toad. The animals go on an excursion in a wagon that Toad has fixed up. When they are almost run over by a car, they wreck the wagon, and scare the horse, played by Taylor Vick. Toad becomes fascinated with cars and begins causing havoc with driving and wrecking them, and scaring everyone she drives by. The animals turn to Badger, played by Taylor Vick, for some much needed help. Toad has been gone so long from his house that weasels have taken over his home. The weasels are: Weasel 1, Olivia Blake and Weasel 2, Mary Brown. Badger hatches a plan to get the weasels to leave. After the plan is successful, Toad hosts a party and invites all the animals to attend, even the weasels. After that, Toad stays home and out of trouble.
Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21-23 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 24. Tickets are available at Oneota Community Food Co-op and online at www.newminowaplayers.org. In order to protect the actors, most of whom are too young to be vaccinated, those attending the show are asked to wear masks.
Show sponsors for the show are: Decorah Bank & Trust, Family Table Restaurant, Gallery of Tops, Iroc Web Design Services, Pizza Ranch, Rockweiler Appliance & TV, Rick and Sheryl Scheffert, JoAn Stevenson and Steven Nelson, and Singing Hammers Construction.