In November of this year EVOKE Productions will be staging its fifth major musical production and in keeping with company policy of staging musicals which are different in terms of style and storyline this time around our chosen production is the highly acclaimed and successful West End production of Whistle Down the Wind’, says Chris Bougourd, Artistic Director of EVOKE Productions.
Based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and subsequent Richard Attenborough-produced film, Whistle Down the Wind follows the fortunes of a fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of the young.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman, together with Patricia Knop and Gale Edwards (co-book writers with Andrew Lloyd Webber) reset the original story in Louisiana in 1959.
The emotive score combines hauntingly beautiful love songs and explosive rock music. The score contrasts the relentless influence of the modern world with the traditional values of the old days – something which the community at the heart of Whistle Down the Wind yearns to return to.
Chris adds: ‘This week we’re launching our search for cast members for both the principal and chorus for this exciting musical. EVOKE have always operated an ‘open-door’ casting policy and through this have developed a strong reputation since the company began in 2008 for discovering and nurturing new local talent across all age groups’.
There are also a significant number of roles for children in the production and the company is in direct contact with all of the local drama and dance groups to ‘tap into the wealth’ of very young talent there is on the island.
Rehearsals will commence from Tuesday 6 September at St Martins Community Centre and will follow a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, nine week (called to rehearsal) schedule leading to transfer into the Theatre. Marilyn Pugh is once again Musical Director and Natalie Cutts-Watson will choreograph the show.
The staging promises to be innovative, encompassing highly technical lighting and effects (never before seen on stage at Beau Sejour), complimented by a live on stage orchestra.
The production, which has Specsavers as its sole sponsor, will open on Monday, 14 November and runs until Saturday 19 November with curtain up at 7.30pm.
Anyone interested in being involved is asked to register by direct contact with Chris either by email on [email protected] mobile 07911 105 942.
This is a great prospect offering performers a once in a lifetime opportunity to join the cast of this fabulous musical.