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"Wind in the Willows" to enchant audiences at IU Northwest

What do a Mole, a Rat, a Toad, and a group of belligerent Weasels have in common?

They all appear in Theatre Northwest's enchanting adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's beloved classic, "The Wind in the Willows" on Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m.

The story tells how Mole, a curious young female, leaves her underground life for one of adventure and meets the kindly Water Rat, who agrees to show her the world. On their journey, they meet the eccentric and very rich, Mr. Toad, who seems to bring trouble to everyone and an old boxing champion, Mr. Badger, who leads them to victory in a fight with the Weasels to recapture Toad's ancestral home. As the excitement builds one realizes that this isn't simply a show about animals with human characteristics, but a show about the delicate balance among all living things and about the value of friendship.

Adapted by Chicago Playwright Douglas Post, "The Wind in the Willows" is also part of an annual tradition of children’s theatre created in 1971 at IU Northwest's Theatre Northwest. More than 14 private performances for schoolchildren complete with audience interaction and special effects will precede the weekend public presentation.

“These performances have become a northwest Indiana tradition seen by hundreds of thousands throughout the years,” said Pat Ogrinc from Theatre Northwest. "Each performance is part of the theatre’s mission to promote a combination of magic, music and comedy as the ingredients for a great experience for the entire family."

All tickets are $7.00 with discount rates available for groups of 10 or more. The theatre is located in Tamarack Hall on the campus of Indiana University Northwest. For ticket information and reservations, please call (219) 980-6808.

This year’s cast includes:

Badger..............................John Edwards, Gary

Rat...................................Jeffrey Grahovac, Merrillville

Mole................................Theresa Escalante, Merrillville

Aunt and Bargewoman.......Garcsa Brooks, Gary

Mr. Toad...........................Phelda Johnson, Gary

Otter................................Michael Zelisko, Merrillville

Chief Weasel....................Michael Zelisko, Merrillville

Portly...............................Jocel Nieto, Griffith

Randolph..........................Shayna Gatlin, Gary

William the Horse..............Sean King, Gary

Margaret...........................Mayra Rodriguez, Hammond

  
Published:

03-22-2004

Media Contact:

Kim Kintz
OMC
219-980-6802
kkintz@iun.edu

Theresa Escalante of Merrillville as "Mole", and Michael Zelisko of Merrillville as "Otter".
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