The Wind in the Willows musical

The Wind in the Willows musical performed by LVS Ascot Juniors

A Rip-roaring Ride Along the Road of Friendship!

Ideal musical for kids from 7 to 14 of all abilities
12 superb songs
85 to 90 minutes in 2 Acts

When Mole plucks up the courage to explore the Riverbank with his friend Ratty, nothing can prepare him for the adventure that awaits.
Along with Badger and the irrepressible Mr. Toad, the foursome career from one exploit to the next culminating in a battle not only to save Toad Hall, but their very way of life.

This magical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows captures all the wit and bonhomie of Kenneth Grahame’s novel, and aims to bring the delights of this literary classic to yet another generation.

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Script & Lyrics
The entire ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Script. You can copy this and all the items you purchase.

Vocal / Piano Score
The ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Vocal and Piano Score contains the written sheet music for all the songs.

Production Tracks
These tracks includes backings (no vocals) & sound effects

Vocal Tracks
A definitive recording of songs from the show

Rehearsal Tracks
All the great songs from ‘The Wind in the Willows’ with vocal tunes played on organ and guitar. Great for those who learn better by ear than by eye!
There are no vocals on these tracks.

Performance Licence
This is your permission to perform the show.
e.g. If you are planning 3 performances you need to purchase 3 of these.

Production Notes
A guide to staging; costumes; lighting; music and more…

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WITW Script & Lyrics

The entire 'The Wind in the Willows' Script which you are free to copy for your own use

WITW Vocal / Piano Score

'The Wind in the Willows' Vocal and Piano Score which you are free to copy for your own use

WITW Production Tracks

The Tracks to use for your actual performances.  They contain all the backings, incidental music and sound effects you will need.  Detailed track listing is in the Vocal/Piano Score.

WITW Vocal Tracks

A definitive recording of songs from the show

WITW Rehearsal Tracks

All the great songs from The Wind in the Willows with vocal tunes played on organ and guitar. Great for those who learn better by ear than by eye! There are no vocals on these tracks.

WITW Single Performance Licence

This is your permission to perform the show.
e.g. If you are planning 3 performances you need to purchase 3 of these.

WITW Production Notes

A guide to staging; costumes; lighting; music and more...

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Synopsis

ACT 1
(On the Riverbank) The good creatures of the Riverbank sing of how they love their peaceful, gentle river whilst, in contrast, the shadier, darker creatures of the Wild Wood hint that, although they like the darkness of the Wood, they have their eyes on expanding their territory down to the River, especially Toad Hall. Ratty sets up a picnic by the River and is met by Mole who, fed up with Spring cleaning, has taken a trip down to the unfamiliar Riverbank, by which he is entranced. After briefly meeting gruff Mr Badger, Ratty warns Mole about the Wild Wood and the creatures who live there. They spend a pleasant afternoon on Ratty’s little boat rowing towards the expansive Riverside abode of the whimsical and impulsive Toad (On the Riverbank, reprise). Toad’s latest passion, gypsy caravanning, is in full flood and he eventually persuades his two companions to take a trip with him (Life on the Open Road). For Toad, the novelty quickly wears off and, when their caravan is run off the road by a speeding motor car, a new obsession is sparked into life! Despite warnings from Ratty, Mole sets off into the Wild Wood to find Badger. Becoming lost, Mole is terrorised by the Weasels, Ferrets and Stoats (Who’s There?). Just in time, Badger appears and Mole’s tormentors scatter into the darkness. Badger, Ratty and Mole discuss Toad’s increasingly erratic behaviour with his many motor cars. The ebullient Toad is enjoying his new hobby (Indestructible Toad). We see him driving with very little care and attention, running down a police officer, to whom Toad is less than polite! After many crashes and a brief spell in hospital from where he escapes, Badger corners Toad and berates him for his recklessness (You Exasperating Rogue!), before finally extracting a (false) promise from Toad that he will change his madcap ways. The Weasels, plotting, tempt Toad into stealing a very fast and expensive motor car (On the Road Again!). Toad appears in court charged with stealing the motor car and also with impertinence towards a police officer. He is sentenced, by a rather unsympathetic judge, to twenty years in jail, mostly for cheeking the officer! We see Toad, feeling very sorry for himself, in the dark dungeon cell. (The End Now for Certain).

ACT 2
(Where I Belong) A wandering Sea Rat, sings wistfully of his nomadic and exotic life travelling around the world. The Swallows and the Field Mice are making plans for the Winter. The whole countryside is restless and Ratty, who has never left the Riverbank, starts to yearn for adventure, but Mole, who has no intention of leaving, persuades his friend to stay. Toad, still feeling sorry for himself inside his cell, befriends the resident mouse. The jailer’s daughter, sensing that Toad has been on the wrong end of some pretty rough justice, decides to help him. Together they plan for Toad to swap clothes with the highly bribable and loquacious washerwoman, thus allowing Toad to make his escape. (Toad’s Adventure) Dressed as a washerwoman, Toad first has to dodge the amorous advances of the prison guard then, having lost his wallet, he has to sweet-talk his way onto the footplate of a train. The Engine Driver, aware that his train is being pursued by another locomotive carrying prison guards and policemen, eventually extracts the truth from Toad but nevertheless decides to help him. The chase accelerates through the countryside, and, after exiting a tunnel, Toad leaps from the train, again evading capture! Toad spots the evil Weasels, Stoats and Ferrets on patrol (Stoat Patrol), and, still a little dazed, gradually realises that he is in the grounds of Toad Hall, which the Wildwooders have seized! Just as Toad is about to be taken by the usurpers, Ratty, Mole and Badger rescue him. Toad discovers that, in his absence, his friends, knowing that Toad Hall was in great danger, had taken up residence there. But that one dark night they had been attacked and overpowered by the Wildwooders who now command the place. Badger reveals that he knows of a secret tunnel into Toad Hall and the friends make plans to retake the residence. The Weasels, Stoats and Ferrets are living it up at Toad Hall, using and abusing it as one enormous party venue! (Party Animals). Not expecting an attack and being in the middle of a wild party, the riotous Wildwooders are caught unawares as our brave heroic trio use the tunnel to break out into the heart of Toad Hall. A fierce battle ensues during which the villains are overpowered. Our friends, on hearing that the Wildwooders are truly sorry for their despicable actions, decide to forgive them. Collectively they all agree that the only way for the creatures of the countryside to rub along together is to endeavour to forgive and to share the whole land in peace and harmony. Rat decides to pursue his urge to travel beyond the Riverbank, safe in the knowledge that his real home will always be with his friends, both old and new. The company sing in celebration of their new-found accord (Now We Can Share).

Cast

Numbers here assume no doubling of parts

Named characters: 19
Solo singing roles: 17
Minimum Possible Cast: 22
Duration: 85-90 minutes

All named parts involve singing solos except those marked with *


PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS ( 70+ lines):

Toad – Modest, reserved and humble are the three words Toad would use to describe himself…unfortunately no one else would! Loud, opinionated and (admittedly) very funny, Toad nevertheless endears himself to his loyal friends through his generosity of spirit.

Ratty – A loyal, dependable and fiercely protective resident of the Riverbank. Rat’s friends come first, he’d run a mile in tight shoes for them!

Mole – Bravery is not his middle name, although he wishes it was. Mole longs for acceptance and grows in stature with the help of his companions. At times quiet and reflective, a riled Mole is not a pretty sight!

Badger – Exudes a quiet authority to all he meets. Not even the Weasels mess with Badger: a natural leader.


SECONDARY CHARACTERS (20 to 60 lines):

Chief Weasel – Snide, cunning, nasty and manipulative. He can’t help being a bully, it’s in his nature…
Policeman – Our Policeman is not the sharpest truncheon in the box. Nevertheless, he won’t accept being called a ‘nincompoop’ – well, not by Toad anyway.
Judge* – Imagine a stereotypical, draconian tyrant. Then double it. That’s our Judge.
Sea Rat – A wandering, nomadic mystery. What Rat may have been had he travelled the world…
Engine Driver – Almost as adventurous as Toad, our Engine Driver is prepared to risk all for a thrill.


CAMEOS (up to 20 lines):

Prison Guard – Almost as bumbling as our Policeman, but don’t bet he won’t use that pike!
Station Clerk – Pedantic and petty. For research, visit any British Rail counter…
Horse – A minor, but important role – imagine being pulled out of retirement merely on the whim of an excitable amphibian; a cynical antidote to the hysteria of Toad.
Nurse – Beautiful, caring and too trusting for her own good. She didn’t count on the wiliness of Toad!
Otter * – A faithful resident of the Riverbank, looking out for his friends.
Mouse * – All alone in the world, our nervous Mouse is happy to have some company at last, and is pleasantly surprised with the kindness he receives.
Jailer’s daughter * – A little brash, but probably a founder member of the RSPCA.  She doesn’t care for injustice, especially if it concerns animals.
Aunt * – Very brash, and in it for the cash.


ENSEMBLES  (mostly group singing, any number in each)

Riverbankers – many solo lines within songs
Wildwooders – many solo lines within songs
Rabbits – 2 small speaking roles
Passers-by – 1 small singing solo
Weasels, Stoats and Ferrets – 4 small speaking roles
Swallows – 2 small speaking roles
Field Mice – 2 small speaking roles

Reviews

[from program note] Sometimes in life, one finds a little nugget and this is one of them. Stephen Kingsbury and Ben Sleep’s version of this delightful classic tightens a long narrative and gives us some simply stunning music to work with. We have been entranced from the first rehearsal and the children have taken to it incredibly quickly. We are delighted to have shared this lovely adaptation with a wide section of the school and know that you, the audience, will now enjoy it.
Paul Whittles
Barnardiston Hall Preparatory School

…absolutely loved the show and couldn’t stop laughing – even hours after. Spectacular fun for all the family…
Loughborough Echo

…this is a thoroughly enjoyable show, beautifully paced and peppered with original songs, making it engaging for all ages…
The Argus East Sussex

There are moments of pure hilarity, especially when Toad disguises himself as a washerwoman to escape from prison, fending off an amorous guard in the process…this tale of friendship, mysticism and adventure is really worth seeing…
Lancashire Evening Post

…most impressive, action-packed, touching and beautiful…
North Devon Journal

What can I say – the show was fantastic and so well received by the sell out audiences…much of this is of course down to the wonderfully crafted script and superb music/lyrics…
Rob Pudner, Youth Theatre Director
The Plough Arts Centre

This musical, performed by children aged 8-13, managed to capture original elements from the book with a new and exciting dynamic: dancing, singing and effective props. The whole play was well paced, allowing no time for boredom. Well rehearsed acting was merged with upbeat musical numbers from the chorus and dance routines.
Catherine Graham
This is North Devon

There were profound and relevant statements from this classic tale that ring just as true to us today as when it was written 100 years ago. This production was wonderful to watch; heart-warming and comic for those with or without their children in it, it was a pure refreshing delight. I would recommend it to anyone, big or small, old or young. To quote from the script, “None of us would be anything without each other…”
Trisha Martin
The Metro

I just wanted to write to say a huge thank you for creating such brilliant musical productions. Two years ago we did Treasure Island and were really impressed with all aspects of the product – the music, script and notes. Last night and the previous evening also, we performed The Wind in the Willows which was a massive success. The children loved the music and the script was very funny. With 80 children involved it was a lot to organise but it was amazing! I also think the whole package is very good value for money. Hopefully you will have written another one in two years time!
Abbie Guymer
Western Downland School, Hants.

‘It’s really exciting and fun for everyone!’
Ryan Sears (11)

‘It’s nice that everyone gets a part’
David Butler (10)

‘Rehearsals have been fun because the script and songs are fun’
Jazzy Kelly (11)

‘The songs are really good’
Freddie Ware (8)

‘I like the rhythm of all the songs’
Aisha Dempsey (10)

‘It has captured all our imaginations’
Eleanor Collingwood (13)

It has been a script we (production team and children) have very much enjoyed working with – concise where it needs to be and a very witty score. It really has been a delight. Thank you.
Paul Whittles
Barnardiston Hall Preparatory School

Samples & Notes

Script (Act 1 only)

Score Sample

Lyrics

Production Notes

Gallery
  • There are moments of pure hilarity, especially when Toad disguises himself as a washerwoman to escape from prison, fending off an amorous guard in the process...this tale of friendship, mysticism and adventure is really worth seeing...

    Lancashire Evening Post
    Lancashire Evening Post
  • This musical, performed by children aged 8-13, managed to capture original elements from the book with a new and exciting dynamic: dancing, singing and effective props. The whole play was well paced, allowing no time for boredom. Well rehearsed acting was merged with upbeat musical numbers from the chorus and dance routines.

    This is North Devon
    This is North Devon
  • ..this is a thoroughly enjoyable show, beautifully paced and peppered with original songs, making it engaging for all ages...

    The Argus, East Sussex
    The Argus, East Sussex
  • Two years ago we did Treasure Island and were really impressed with all aspects of the product - the music, script and notes. Last night and the previous evening also, we performed The Wind in the Willows which was a massive success. The children loved the music and the script was very funny. I also think the whole package is very good value for money.

    Abbie Guymer
    Abbie Guymer Western Downland School, Hants
  • What can I say - the show was fantastic and so well received by the sell out audiences...much of this is of course down to the wonderfully crafted script and superb music/lyrics...

    Rob Pudner
    Rob Pudner Youth Theatre Director, The Plough Arts Centre
  • Sometimes in life, one finds a little nugget and this is one of them. We have been entranced from the first rehearsal and the children have taken to it incredibly quickly. We are delighted to have shared this lovely adaptation with a wide section of the school and know that you, the audience, will now enjoy it.

    Paul Whittles
    Paul Whittles Barnardiston Hall Preparatory School

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