An amateur youth production by arrangement with The Musical Company Ltd

Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th August

Principal cast have been announced for Vivo D’Arte and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s Stage Experience production of Whistle Down the Wind. Vivo D’Arte is a theatre production and training company working with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre to create high quality stage experience for young people. To find out more visit: www.vivodarte.co.uk

Heading up the cast of talented young performers is George Watkins playing The Man. George, 24, is currently training at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  This role will see George playing the fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of the young. Joining George is Alice O’Neill who will be playing Swallow. Alice studies Theatre, Film and Television at Brunel University, London, and is looking forward to performing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s emotive score.

Due to over 100 girls auditioning for the role of Brat, there has been a double role cast for both Daisy Statham and Evie Allen. Daisy is 13 and attends school in Tring, Evie is 11 and goes to Weston Turville C of E School.  Both will play the middle sibling desperately trying to find something to believe in after the passing of their mother.

Completing the sibling trio is 9 year old Isaac Forward, playing Poor Baby. Isaac returns having played one of the factory/ Fagin’s boys in Oliver last year. He is the youngest principal role playing baby brother to Swallow and Brat. He, along with the other children in the show, vows to protect ‘The Man’ they believe is Jesus, from the world that’s waiting outside.

Another returnee from Stage Experience 2017 is Freddie Clarke, a 24 year old graduate of both the Oxford School of Drama and University of Portsmouth. He will be playing the children’s father, Boone. He impressed the panel at auditions with his natural warmth, perfectly fitting the role.

The remaining three principals are Henry Cox who has trained at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating with first class honours, and Josh Hawkins also a graduate from Guildford School of Acting who will be playing Amos. Henry will play Edward, a friend who looks out for Boone and his family, whilst Josh plays a Harley-Davidson-riding character, the rebel of the musical who’s very keen on Swallow. Amos has an upbeat rock song to deliver called Tyre Tracks and Broken Hearts. Finally Connor McGwyre a student from Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School plays Earl, the fanatic, religious snake preacher.

Whistle Down The Wind by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman is based on the book by Mary Hayley Bell, and was later produced as a movie in the hands of Richard Attenborough. It is set in a small, deeply religious town in Louisiana during the 1950s. A poor farming family led by father, Boone, and his three children, Swallow, Brat, and Poor Baby, have recently buried their mother, and as Christmas approaches the family cannot afford any presents or luxuries, and are desperate to find something to hold on to. One day, they find a stranger injured and hiding in their run-down barn. Unknown to the children The Man is probably an escaped convict, but Swallow seizes on the idea that he is Jesus and the rumour quickly spreads amongst the children of the town. Meanwhile, the town is on the lookout for the runaway convict, urged by their Sheriff to stay vigilant. When Candy, a rebellious African-American youth learns of the prisoner’s hide-out, she is quick to reveal it to the town and the residents all descend on Boone’s farm. However, mysteriously, The Man has disappeared!

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Dates:                                 Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th August, 7pm Saturday matinee 2pm
Tickets from:                    £16.90
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