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Talented young cast star in Norfolk theatre's production of The Wind in The Willows

PUBLISHED: 13:41 13 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:49 13 March 2019

Toad (James Shorten), Ratty (Ayrelia O’Leary-Leeson) and Badger (Rosa Cormack) from the cast of The Wind in the Willows musical at Sheringham Little Theatre. Pictures: Richard Batson

Toad (James Shorten), Ratty (Ayrelia O'Leary-Leeson) and Badger (Rosa Cormack) from the cast of The Wind in the Willows musical at Sheringham Little Theatre. Pictures: Richard Batson

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Great things are expected from the talented young cast of The Wind in the Willows at a Norfolk theatre.

Toad (James Shorten), Ratty (Ayrelia O’Leary-Leeson) and Badger (Rosa Cormack) from the cast of The Wind in the Willows musical at Sheringham Little Theatre. Pictures: Richard Batson
Toad (James Shorten), Ratty (Ayrelia O’Leary-Leeson) and Badger (Rosa Cormack) from the cast of The Wind in the Willows musical at Sheringham Little Theatre. Pictures: Richard Batson

Sheringham Little Theatre’s youth musical theatre group will perform the action-packed story originally penned by Kenneth Grahame in 1908 and turned into a modern musical by Julian Fellowes.

Co-director Michelle Thompson said: “This is probably one of the first amateur productions of this version of Wind in the Willows and our young performers are very excited.”

Sheringham’s Toad is 11-year-old James Shorten, from Barton Turf, a pupil at Broadland High School.

He said: “This part is really fun to play – because of Toad’s arrogant, show-off personality and his posh accent.”

Toad (James Shorten), Ratty (Ayrelia O’Leary-Leeson) and Badger (Rosa Cormack) from the cast of The Wind in the Willows musical at Sheringham Little Theatre. Pictures: Richard Batson
Toad (James Shorten), Ratty (Ayrelia O’Leary-Leeson) and Badger (Rosa Cormack) from the cast of The Wind in the Willows musical at Sheringham Little Theatre. Pictures: Richard Batson

Other key roles include Ayrelia O’Leary-Leeson, 14, as Ratty, Rosa Cormack, 12, as Badger and Caius Law, 14, as Mole.

from Tuesday, April 16 to Saturday, April 20, at 7.30pm nightly with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets from the box-office 01263 822347 or www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

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