Cast brings play to life
CLASSIC children’s tale The Wind in the Willows has entranced children for generations with its eccentric yet lovable characters: Ratty, Mole, Badger and wayward, race-car loving Mr Toad.
The four friends’ adventures through the English countryside with the wild weasels is being brought to life in Woombye by Acting Up! Youth Theatre Academy.
Acting Up! directors Naomi Clasohm and Tanya Holthausen have assembled a gifted cast with many seasoned performers as well as youngsters who are making their acting debut.
“We are lucky to have such an experienced actor in Tristan Bishop who makes an exceptional Mr Toad,” Naomi said.
He completely inhabits the character, investing Toad with all the enthusiasm, mania and wackiness of the original writing.
Tristan, who has trained with Acting Up! for many years and literally grown up in the academy is now stepping into another role as a trainee teacher, working alongside Acting Up! staff to pass on the training, stage-craft and acting skills he learned there.
Tristan is supported on stage by a talented cast of 30 young performers aged 8-18.
Naomi said acting is all about observing; taking in what you see around you and reacting to that.
“So for an actor, watching is one of the best ways to learn,” she said.
“Our younger Acting Up! students learn so much from watching and working with performers like Tristan.
“It helps them to see what they can be.”
Tristan is more than happy to pass his love of performance onto the next wave of performers.
The Wind in The Willows is showing November 11, 1.30pm and 6.30pm at Suncoast Auditorium Woombye.
Adults $12, Children $8. Bookings at trybooking.com/ SKZC or cash tickets at the door.
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: Acting Up! Youth Theatre Academy students.