HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi:
The University of Southern Mississippi will conclude the fall theatre season with a production of a family classic, The Wind in the Willows. Performance dates are Nov. 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in Tatum Theatre.
General admission is $14; $10 for faculty, staff, seniors and military; $8 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling (800) 844-8425 or by visiting www.southernmisstickets.com. Tickets are also sold at the box office prior to each performance. A pre-show talk will take place at 1 p.m. prior to the Nov. 16 matinee performance.
This stage adaptation based on the classic children's book by Kenneth Grahame will thrill adults and children alike. Visit with Mole, Mr. Toad and Ratty as they explore the mysterious Wild Wood. This theatrical tour de force is alternately folksy and sentimental, with bursts of adventure, friendship and song.
This production has a 29 member cast, plus a group of local elementary students. Brandon Campbell, a senior theatre major from Long Beach, Miss., plays the role of Mr. Toad.
"It's a monster of a show, but it's been a blast to see it all come together," Campbell said. "I use the British dialect with Toad. He's very rambunctious and full of energy. To get into the toad physicality, I drop my center of gravity and have a fluid nature. Toad leads with his hands. He wants to touch everything because it's all new and shiny, and he wants to try it out."
Ryan Mahannah, a graduate student from Coral Springs, Fla., plays the role of Mole.
"I use the Cockney dialect for Mole due to the fact that moles are ground creatures and Cockney is usually the ground level of British," Mahannah said." I tend to bend my knees a little bit and lead through my nose. Moles tend to follow their noses everywhere. Moles can't put their hands down by their side, so I do my best to keep my hands around my waistline."
The cast learned the Alexander acting technique from guest artist Diane Gaary in preparation for rehearsals.
"Before we got into the Alexander work, we had rehearsed a few scenes from the play. Everybody was trying what they thought the animal would be like, but the Alexander work helped us be very proficient and healthy with the ways we use our bodies," Campbell said. "This allowed us to protect ourselves and do even more fun things with our bodies to get into the characters while always checking in with our bodies to make sure we were staying safe.
"The whole family will have a different aspect that they like about the show and can talk about on the way home," added Campbell.
For more information about the Department of Theatre, call 601.266.4994 or visit www.usm.edu/theatre. Visit the Southern Miss Theatre Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/821978674531705/?ref=br_tf