TICKETS are selling fast for the premiere of a new musical to be performed by junior members of the Plough Youth Theatre in Torrington next week. They are thrilled to be the first group to perform this exciting, new musical adaptation of Kenneth Graham's

TICKETS are selling fast for the premiere of a new musical to be performed by junior members of the Plough Youth Theatre in Torrington next week.They are thrilled to be the first group to perform this exciting, new musical adaptation of Kenneth Graham's The Wind in the Willows, 100 years afterthe original novel was published.A cast of fifty-five youngsters aged between eight and 13 will take to the stage on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm.The piece has been written by Stephen Kingsbury, who also wrote the version of Treasure Island which the youngsters performed in 2007 .Rob Pudner, Youth Theatre Director of The Plough, explains: "We were thinking about what production to do next with the Junior Youth Theatre and 'The Wind in the Willows' had come up in conversation as a possibility. "Coincidently the following week, I received a letter from Stephen Kingsbury promoting this brand new musical version. Ready"I contacted Stephen who explained that he had not yet finished Act II of the script, but having a Youth Theatre ready to work on the piece motivated him to take his notepad on holiday to ensure that it would be ready in time for us!" The youngsters have been rehearsing since the end of September and have certainly been put through their paces by Rob and the whole creative team, Sarah Pester (Assistant Director and Stage Manager), Alan Boxer (Musical Director) and Helen Venn (Choreographer) to make this musical production come to life and at the same time improve their acting abilities, hone their vocal skills, develop their aptitude for dance and movement and most importantly build on their life skills. For tickets call the Box Office on (01805) 624624 or pop into the Plough Arts Centre.The Cafe Theatre are offering a pre-show toad-in-the-hole meal deal (two courses for £8.50) Call (01805) 625925 to reserve a table and pre-order.