Web­ber’s Wind blows through Nep­tune

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

LO­CAL mu­si­cal theatre com­pany Nep­tune Pro­duc­tions opens its sea­son of Sir An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s lit­tle-toured 1998 mu­si­cal, Whis­tle Down The Wind to­mor­row. The mu­si­cal was co-writ­ten by Jim Stein­man, best-known for his work with Meat Loaf and Bon­nie Tyler. Di­rec­tor Andy Fa­hey and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Wendy Fa­hey saw the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion in Lon­don and loved it. They also saw a chance to in­clude some hu­mour and make the pro­duc­tion more fam­ily friendly. That was 16 years ago. The Fa­heys waited pa­tiently for the Aus­tralian rights to the show to be re­leased. They be­came avail­able last year and the Fa­heys se­cured their chance to bring the show to life. Based on the 1961 film star­ring (Hay­ley Mills, Diane Hol­gate, and Alan Barnes, Whis­tle Down the Wind tells the story of three mother­less sib­lings who find a fugi­tive (Alan Bates) hid­ing in their barn and be­lieve he is Je­sus. Nep­tune’s sea­son of the re­worked mu­si­cal fea­tures a cast helmed by mu­si­cal com­edy/op­er­atic tenor Casey Fe­gan in the chal­leng­ing lead role of The Man and Court­ney Mon­sma as 15-year-old Swal­low. The sup­port cast of adults, teenagers and chil­dren in­cludes Ash­ley Walsh, Rochelle de Snoo, Jim Price, Jack­son Brash, Leigh Har­ri­son, Rob Par­tridge, Jim Fury, Lin­coln Jamieson, Chris Erick­son, Kim­ber­ley de Snoo, Chloe Fin­lay and Sa­man­tha Na­day. The pro­duc­tion also boasts the award-win­ning Voice Weavers choir, a 14-piece orches­tra, a dog called Fang, chore­og­ra­phy by Tammy Dun­don, and an emo­tive score.

Whis­tle Down the Wind plays Tweed Civic and Cul­tural Cen­tre on Fri­days and Satur­days at 7.30pm and Satur­days and Sun­days at 1.30pm un­til Au­gust 25.

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