Following two rounds of auditions earlier this month Vivo D’Arte and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre are proud to announce a cast 110-strong will join forces for Stage Experience 2018: Whistle Down the Wind. Performers from Amersham, Aylesbury, Berkhamsted, Bicester, Buckingham, Chesham, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Princes Risborough, Thame, Tring, Waddesdon, Weston Turville, Whitchurch, Wingrave and Winslow will take part in the project funded by Aylesbury Vale District Council.
The 95 successful juniors will share the stage with an adult cast including students from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Oxford School of Drama, Royal Northern College of Music and the Academy of Live and Recording Arts.
For the children auditions included a fun warm up, followed by learning part of the song “When Children Rule the World”. They learnt a dance routine to the same song and put the two together, prior to acting out another song where the children bring presents for The Man (a character in the musical).
Whistle Down The Wind by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman is based on the book of the same title by Mary Hayley Bell, and was later produced as a movie in the hands of Richard Attenborough. The musical 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 they are still struggling with the grief. As Christmas approaches and the family cannot afford any presents or luxuries, the three children are desperate to find something to hold on to and believe in. 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 and Boone realizes that Swallow still needs him to depend upon and restore her faith in their family unit.
What the audience and cast said about Stage Experience last year:
Audience: “The show wouldn’t have been out of place in the West End”
Cast: “Not only the best stage experience, but the best experience of my life. What will I dream about now my dreams have come true”
The cast of local performers will have their time to shine on the theatre’s main stage from Thu 16 to Sat 18 August following a week and a half of intensive rehearsals. Tickets are available now.
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