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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Directed by Michael Genevie


The Wind in the Willows is one of the most celebrated works of classic literature. Meet little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. Over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they've become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. And their misadventures-in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their Wild Wood-continue to capture readers' imaginations and warm their hearts long after they grow up. Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie. There are a variety of roles available for all ages. Adult roles include the Mole, known as Moly; Rat, known as Ratty; Toad known as Toady; Badger, Peter Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit, Pan, The Mother Rabbit and The Narrator. Younger roles include: Otter, Portley, The Weasels, Ferrets, Stoats, The Gaoler’s Daughter, The Wayfarer, Squirrels and Rabbits, as well as numerous Gerbils, Mice, Hamsters’, Hedgehogs, Weasels and Foxes.
“As you can see from the cast list,” says Director Genevie, “this is a cast of thousands!” Auditions are set for Monday, February 12 at 6:30pm at the Abbeville Opera House,. For more information, call (864) 366-2157.


Main characters

• Mole:

Known as "Moly" to his friends. An altruistic, humble, loyal, polite, home-loving animal, and the first character introduced in the story. Fed up with spring cleaning in his secluded home, he ventures into the outside world. Initially overawed by the hustle and bustle of the riverbank, he eventually adapts. He proves intelligent as shown with his trickery on stoat then tries to prevent them from reinforcing the weasels during the fight with Toad Hall.

• Rat:

Known as "Ratty" to his friends (though actually a water vole), he is cultured, relaxed and friendly who enjoys a life of leisure; when not spending time on the river, he composes doggerel. Ratty loves the river and takes charge of Mole. He can be stubborn when it comes to doing things outside his riverside lifestyle, but can do which must be done as shown when he risks his life to help Mole in the Wild Wood and to help free Toad Hall from the weasels.

• Toad:

Known as "Toady" to his friends, The wealthy scion of Toad Hall who inherited his wealth from his late father. Although good-hearted and optimistic, he is also arrogant, conceited, and impulsive. He is prone to obsessions and crazes (such as punting, houseboats, and horse-drawn caravans). He gets bored with each of these in turn, and drops them. His motoring craze eventually sees him imprisoned for theft, dangerous driving, and gross impertinence to the police. Several chapters of the book chronicle his daring escape from prison.

• Badger:

A gruff but benevolent soul, Badger embodies the "wise hermit" figure. A friend of Toad's deceased father, he is uncompromising with the irresponsible Toad, yet hopes that his good qualities will prevail. He lives in a vast underground sett, part of which incorporates the remains of a buried Roman settlement. A brave and a skilled fighter, Badger helps clear the Wild Wooders from Toad Hall with his large stick.

• Narrator

• Peter Rabbit and Bunny Rabbit


Supporting characters

• Otter and Portly:

A friend of Ratty with a stereotypical "Cockney costermonger" character, the extrovert Otter is tough and self-sufficient. Portly is his young son.

• Mother Rabbit and her little Rabbits

• The Weasels, Ferrets and the Stoats:

The story's main antagonists. They plot to take over Toad Hall.

• Pan:

A benevolent and wise god of the wild who makes a single, anomalous appearance in Chapter 7, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" when he helps Portly and looks after him until Ratty and Mole come.

• The Gaoler's Daughter:

The only major human character; a "good, kind, clever girl", she helps Toad escape from prison.

• The Wayfarer:

A vagabond seafaring rat, who also makes a single appearance. Ratty briefly considers following his example, before Mole persuades him otherwise.

• Squirrels and Rabbits,

who are generally good (although rabbits are described as "a mixed lot").

• Inhabitants of the Wild Wood:

Gerbil, Mouse, Hampster, Mongoose, Hedgehogs, Weasels, Stoats and Foxes who are described by Ratty thus: "all right in a way but well, you can't really trust them"