The Wind in the Willows July Production

Update 2021

The Real Theatre Company is very pleased to be mounting a co-production of the Wind in the Willows with the Municipal Theatre in Napier in July. However, lady luck hasn’t always been on our side this year.

Following our very successful production of Badjelly the Witch at the Napier Municipal Theatre in July 2019, we were set to do two further productions.

The first was the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, ‘Tell me on a Sunday,” for the Hawkes Bay Arts Festival. But due to tragic circumstances, we were unable to showcase our then talent and the show was cancelled.

Then we were set to stage Alice in Wonderland in the Centennial Gardens for the Art Deco Festival in February. A wonderful new cast was set to showcase their outstanding talents, but due to the Corona Virus and Hawke’s Bay moving into level two, that too was cancelled at the last minute.

The Wind in the Willows

Wind in the Willows

So to this year where we are about to start rehearsals for the July school holidays production of Wind in the Willows.

This will be staged from 22nd, 23rd and 24th of July at the Napier Municipal Theatre, with tickets at $15.00.

We are providing a bonus of one free ticket for every ticket purchased. We have put together a really strong cast for the production including Alan Powdrell as Ratty, Mick Ormond as Toad, Melanie Himiona as Mole, David Brown as Badger, Amy Edwards as the Bargewoman, Victoria Logan as the Jailer’s Daughter, Richard Schumacher as the Gypsy and magistrate, and Liam Jeffares as Albert the Horse.

What I find great about these children’s story productions is that it produces an opportunity for younger actors to work with experienced actors and learn skills from them. And children of all ages get to enjoy participating in and seeing good live theatre in a great theatre.

Steve Gray is again our wonderfully innovative set construction genius, producing set pieces that are very impressive, while Rebecca Coddington is doing an amazing job creating the masks and costumes for the characters. She will also be painting the set design for the set pieces.

Following the Wind in the Willows we were moving into the pre-production phase of showcasing ‘Oleanna’ in Auckland and Hamilton, with John Leigh (Shortland Street). This was another product that was initially planned for 2020 but had to be canceled due to the Corona Virus and lockdown levels. This also happened this year as our actress Greta Vandenbrink (graduate of the Actors Programme) had to pull out.

So 2022, we will be re-staging Alice in Wonderland at the Art Deco Arts Festival in February in the Centennial Gardens. This is Promenade Theatre with various scenes are located in different parts of the park with Alice and the audience following along as she ventures from one scene to the next, trying to find the White Rabbit.

In July of 2020, we will be staging another Children’s production at the Municipal theatre which has yet to be decided.

2022 will see the opening of the new black box intimate theatre at Toi Toi in Hastings. We are looking to stage two productions there in the latter part of the year.

We have secured the performance rights for the widely acclaimed and hugely successful Australian play, “Things I know to be true.” This play has just finished sell-out seasons at Christchurch’s Court Theatre and The Circa Theatre in Wellington. This is a well-written play, which has gritty family intrigue, to which I’m sure, most families can relate.

Our seasonal productions here will be the David Mamet Play, ‘Olenna‘ which explores the ramifications of sexual harassment allegations in an American University.

And somewhere along the line we will be looking to finally stage the production of Tell Me on the Sunday.

So, 2021 and 2022 are shaping up to be very busy times for our theatre company. We also hope you take the opportunity to come and support our productions.

We look forward to meeting with you at one of our shows.

David Coddington

Artistic Director