Evening of laughs guaranteed
at Zillah Z Center Stage play
ZILLAH - If you're in the mood for an evening of laughs,
plan on attending one of the six productions of "The Wind in the
Willows." The Z Center Stage production will be presented in the Zillah
High School auditorium on Nov. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, with the curtain
going up at 7 p.m. all six nights.
An adaptation of the classic children's story by Kenneth
Grahame, "The Wind in the Willows" is the story of a set of simple
animals that live amongst the willows on an English river bank in the early
Mr. Mole, to be played by Allegra Gust, decides to
"hang spring cleaning" one morning and rise out of his hole to
experience the world above. What he finds is a world of beautiful sights, and a
few snobby rabbits that try to convince him he has to pay a toll to view the
sparkling river. Mr. Mole's exploration of the world appears to be ended, but
the arrival and subsequent friendship with the boat loving Ratty (played by Joel
Stamm) sparks the continuation of Mr. Mole's above ground experiences.
It's not long before Mr. Mole is introduced to Mr. Toad of
Toad Hall (played by Mike Godfrey), and whisked off on a trip on a gypsy
caravan that ends abruptly when the group is run off the road by a new fangled
motor car. Mr. Toad is promptly mesmerized by this new toy, and Ratty, Mr. Mole
and Badger (played by Colin Abel) have to use bodily force to try to get him to
swear off driving because he is so bad at it.
The story continues with a trip to jail, an escape, an
encounter with a band of weasels and a fight scene that has everything from
chases to shades of The Matrix in it. In the end, both Mr. Toad and Mr. Mole
realize the great value that friendship and home have for everyone.
Tickets for the play are available by calling the Zillah
High School office (829-5565), or by contacting any of the cast members.
General admission prices are set at $5 for adults and $3 for children. Reserved
section seating is $1 extra. Group rates are available by contacting Lynn Brant
thorugh the Internet at: firstname.lastname@example.org.