Tales of the riverbank in Honiton with Wind in the Willows musical

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 July 2018

Honiton favourite Shaun Bonetta plays Mr Toad. Picture: Contributed

Honiton favourite Shaun Bonetta plays Mr Toad. Picture: Contributed

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Honiton Community Theatre Company return to the stage this week with their production of The Wind in the Willows musical.

Ryan Hutter plays Rat and Beth Hibbert plays Mole. Picture: ContributedRyan Hutter plays Rat and Beth Hibbert plays Mole. Picture: Contributed

The production will run for five performances and opens tonight at The Beehive, in Dowell Street, Honiton.

A spokesman for the group said: “Based on the classic story by Kenneth Grahame, this musical first appeared on the stage in 2017 and ran at The London Palladium so for the Honiton amateur theatre company it’s a real coup to have secured the licence to perform it.

“The musical score is simply spectacular having been written by the Stiles and Drew partnership, who also created Betty Blue Eyes and Mary Poppins.”

The story follows the life of Mr Toad with his outrageous need for speed and deals with friendship triumphing over adversity after Rat, Mole and Badger join forces to re-take Toad Hall and rescue Portia the Otter from the nasty Wild Wooders.

Director Sally Cregan said: “The cast are amazing and hugely motivated which makes leading them easier.

“The group are working extremely hard, we have a really great committee who are really supportive, completing all the additional behind the scenes tasks that need to be done to create a successful show.

“Hopefully my love for this particular show and for developing young people both on stage and as a team will produce a fantastic production.”

Beth Hibbert, who plays Mole, said: “Wind in the Willows has been such good fun to work on.

“It’s such a modern show with something for everyone.

“We’re so lucky to be able to perform it because it was only at the London Palladium last summer.”

Ryan Hutter, who plays Rat, said: ““After hearing the music I was eager to be involved.

“Playing Ratty is very exciting as this is my first principal role, although I have been on stage many times before.”

The show is being produced under the musical direction of Ian Crew, with Sarah Pottinger leading the choreography.

It will be staged at The Beehive, Honiton from Wednesday, August 1 to Saturday, August 4.

Tickets are on sale from The Beehive or online at www.thebeehive.co.uk and cost £12 for adults and £8 for children.

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