Open Auditions for 'Whistle Down the Wind'

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Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Company will proudly present Andrew Lloyd Webber hit musical, Whistle Down the Wind, 20th to 23rd March 2013.

Open auditions for roles will be held on Sunday 25th November,

3-7pm at Rivacre Valley Primary School.

Audition material will be available at the pre audition meeting/rehearsal on Monday 5th November.  (7:30, Rivacre Valley Primary School).  It is important that all those wishing to be in the show attend this evening or inform the production team beforehand.

The roles being auditioned include:

  • The Man 
  • Swallow 
  • Amos 
  • Candy 
  • Boone
  • Ed 
  • Snake Preacher
  • Earl
  • Sheriff 
  • Deputy
  • The Minister 
  • 14 Featured children's roles including Brat and Poor Baby
  • Chorus 

 

If you have any questions please email EPMTC through the contact page. 


Background:

Based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and subsequent Richard Attenborough-produced film, Whistle Down the Wind follows the fortunes of a fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of the young.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman, together with Patricia Knop and Gale Edwards (co-book writers with Andrew Lloyd Webber) reset the original story in Louisiana in 1959.Whistle Down the Wind revolves around the time and place where the word teenager was invented. Swallow, a 15 year-old-girl growing up in America’s deep South in the fifties, discovers a mysterious man hiding out in a barn. When she asks who he is and the first words he utters are “Jesus Christ”, it’s as if all her prayers have been answered. Swallow and the town’s other children vow to protect the stranger from the world that waits outside – the townspeople who are determined to catch a fugitive hiding it their midst. As fantasy and reality collide, Swallow is torn between the two and begins to discover who she is and where she is going.Andrew Lloyd Webber’s emotive score combines hauntingly beautiful love songs and explosive rock music with lyrics by acclaimed rock’n'roll songwriter Jim Steinman.

The score contrasts the relentless influence of the modern world with the traditional values of the old days – something which the community at the heart of Whistle Down theWind yearns to return to.

After successfully playing at the Aldwych Theatre in London for over two years, Whistle Down the Wind undertook two UK tours as well as touring the USA from 2007-2008.