Production 111 Listen to the Wind

By Anjela Ainley Jeans

 

Performed on Thu 8th to Sat 10th December 1983 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Emma Jane Parkins
Miss Lush (her governess) Stephanie Walmsley
Jeremy (Emma’s cousin) Andrew Spencer
Harriet (Emma’s cousin) Justine Sewell
Grandmother Doris Cohen
Pearson (the butler) Christopher Sewell
Gypsy Woman Barbara Robinson
Gypsy Man Roger Brown
Bannister (the maid) Pauline Neal
The Gale Bird Gill Watson
King North Wind Christopher Sewell
Queen South Wind Christine Eyden
Prince East Wind Mike Delaney
Princess West Wind Nicola Gratrix
Moonbeam Rachel Dale
Sunshine Malanie Friend
Miranda (the sea witch) Joanna Samson
Black Thunder Cloud Roger Brown
1st Lightning Tracy Sullivan
2nd Lightning Michael Bennett
Maid Vanessa Sewell
Maid Tracy Sullivan
Footman Michael Bennett
Breeze Rachel Brown
Breeze Jennifer Hawken
Breeze Kirsty Roberts
Breeze Vanessa Sewell
Tide Sarah Burke

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Listen to the Wind

Cast of Listen to the Wind

The Guild Players is one of those forward-thinking amateur dramatic societies which nurtures its young. There is a thriving Junior Guild, where youngsters learn the rudiments of stagecraft, and so there is always a group of competent young performers at The Kilshawe Theatre. This was particularly evident last week when the Players presented Listen to the Wind, a delightful seasonal production in which children have the leading parts. The story is by Anjela Ainley Jeans, and is enhanced by the delightful melodies and clever lyrics of Vivian Ellis. It was all put together in 1954 and not surprisingly, has remained a firm favourite ever since. The three main parts were played by Jane Parkins, Andrew Spencer and Justine Sewell; three talented young performers. Jane Parkins was exceptionally good and she was well supported by Andrew and Justine. Another youngster showing a good sense of theatre was Joanna Samson, as a sea witch. Of course adults played their part and Stephanie Walmsley, as a long‑suffering governess, was first-rate, while Gill Watson almost stopped the show with her Gale Bird. Doris Cohen was the grandmother and Christopher Sewell took two roles with ease, as did Roger Brown who took the part only two weeks ago. Barbara Robinson played a gypsy with conviction. In a big cast there were good performances from Pauline Neal, Christine Eyden, Mike Delaney, Nicola Gratrix, Rachel Dale, Malanie Friend, Tracy Sullivan, Michael Bennett, Vanessa Sewell, Rachel Brown, Jennifer Hawken, Kirsty Roberts and Sarah Burke. There were no less than 16 youngsters in the cast and it is a glowing tribute to Kath Fox, who directed, that all of them were really happy – not one of them looked ill at ease or uncomfortable. Kath Fox is a sensitive director and particularly adroit with young people. Christine Sewell was the Musical Director and, using an electronic keyboard, conveyed all the happiness of Vivian Ellis’s score. Listen to the Wind really was excellent entertainment.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Kath Fox
Pianist & Musical Director Christine Sewell
Stage Managers Sid Jones & Pam Jones
Set Builders & Painters Sid Jones, Pam Jones, Kath Fox & Doris Cohen
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Sound Effects Martin Catt & Pat Salter
Costumes Diane Sayer & Elsie Carty
Props Alan Eyden
Prompt Glenys Cresswell
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Box Office Kerry Summers
Bar Peter Woods
Refreshments Mildred Wood & Helpers

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