Whanganui Midweek

Cast change for Fantastic Mr Fox

- Nadine Rayner

There’s been a change of cast for Fantastic Mr Fox as Murray Milne has had to withdraw from the lead as Mr Fox for health reasons.

Luckily for Rep Theatre, Russell Penton has agreed to play the part.

Unfortunat­ely, Phil Portland has also had to withdraw as our director but Kerry Girdwood has agreed to step into his place to ensure this fun children’s production goes ahead.

“The cast have put in so much work into rehearsing and learning lines it would be a real shame to abandon Mr Fox at this stage. Their energy and enthusiasm is heartwarmi­ng,” Kerry said. “I want it to have a lot of the elements of panto, you know, lots of audience participat­ion, calling out ‘He’s behind you! Watch out!’ That kind of thing. There are a lot of delightful song and dance numbers too.”

It sounds like it’s going to be huge fun for children over the holidays.

 ?? Photo / Russell Penton ?? Director Kerry Girdwood and Fantastic Mr Fox cast members Ryder Edmonds, Elizabeth Morton, Emily Robertson and Elise McDouall.
Photo / Russell Penton Director Kerry Girdwood and Fantastic Mr Fox cast members Ryder Edmonds, Elizabeth Morton, Emily Robertson and Elise McDouall.

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