Show of the Week: Wind in the Willows at All-of-us Express

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:00 am
By: 
Sarah Willis

PHOTO (L to R: Sarah Hoogstraten, Zoe Stroupe (front) Beatriz Brockey, Samantha Dickens)

On Friday, February 6 the East Lansing-based All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre will be performing their winter show The Wind in the Willows. The show will be directed by East Lansing resident and AECT alum Morgan Lees and runs February 6-7 and the following weekend February 13-14.

Youth from Dewitt, Dimondale, East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Haslett, Lansing, Mason, Okemos, and Perry fill the cast and crew of this production and they range from 8-14 in age. The winter team is comprised of first timers like Beatriz Brockey (Weasel) and Samantha Dickens (Weasel) and repeat offenders like Sarah Hoogstraten (Otter) and Zoe Stroupe (Weasel).

The play is based on the classic book of the same name by Kenneth Grahame. In 1900s era England, friends Rat, Mole, Otter, and Badger try to teach their wild friend Toad how to care better for himself and his things – including a working car – which culminates in a battle with the Weasels, who have taken over Toad’s home.

Friday shows are at 7 p.m., and Saturday shows are at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in advance at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center box office, either in person, or by calling (517) 333-2580 ext. 0. They are $5 for youth 17 and under, and $7 for those 18 and up. Tickets are also available at the box office thirty minutes prior to each show.