Animal fever running rampant on stage

A TALENTED crew will transform Dubbo thespians into much-loved characters Ratty and Mole and an ordinary stage into the magical world of The Wind in the Willows.

The favourite children's tale was chosen by Dubbo Theatre Company as its 2012 pantomime.

After weeks of rehearsals the actors of all ages were bursting to tread the boards.

Director Jamie Foster said the production was a real team effort.

The cast of about 35 people had been in rehearsals for about six weeks.

"Lots of popular kids and family songs are interwoven into this wonderful tale from Kenneth Grahame," he said.

"It has great costumes from Deborah Dawson, and sets by Alan Stanger.

"Musical direction is from Diane Pascoe and Lindy Blekemore."

Jacki Roberts will play Mole, who in the story goes boating with Ratty - otherwise known as Danielle Foster - instead of doing his spring-cleaning, and discovers a whole new world with a prince, a maiden and her Aunt Millie.

Mr Foster, who has been assisted by Christine Bray, invited people to join the audience and enjoy not just "adventures on the river and in the Wild Wood," but also "high jinks on the open road".

The company will perform the show at 2pm and 5pm on Saturday at Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre.

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