‘The Wind in the Willows’ instills sense of adventure

The Fitton Family Fridays series will conclude its season Friday, May 8 as ArtReach: A Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents “The Wind in the Willows.” The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. A pre-show, child-friendly reception with appetizers and beverages will start at 6:30 p.m.

“Our entire Fitton Family Fridays series is great for families, because it offers entertainment for every age group, and this show fits right into that,” said Kim Neal, Fitton Center’s coordinator of public relations, marketing and performances. “ArtReach has worked a lot with us for this series, and they will join us next season as well. This is the last performance of the season, so we are definitely encouraging families to come out and see it,”

Adapted by Chris Stewart and directed by Angela Powell Walker, this new musical adaptation will take audiences on an adventure in a classic tale of friendship. The production is based on the 1908 children’s novel, “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame. Throughout the story, youthful theatergoers will explore the English countryside, as they journey by the river with a crew of animal friends – Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger.

“The story focuses on conquering one’s fears and the sense of adventure, and that’s what pulls the kids in,” Neal said.

The performance is appropriate for all ages, from young children to parents and grandparents, she said.

“This is a great theater experience, especially with our expanded theater. It teaches kids another form art. In school, they are exposed to drawing and painting, but theater is not something that is presented often in school, so it gives them an opportunity to experience that form of art,” Neal said.

The newly renovated theater affords more seating with permanent seats that replace the bleacher-style seating. Other highlights include several ADA-accessible areas, an expanded box office and control room, a new sound system, lighting and improved acoustics. The theater can accommodate up to 241 guests.

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