Webber’s Wind blows through Neptune
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.