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Playhouse presents 'The Wind in the Willows'

By Julie Graham

The friendship between a rat, mole, badger and toad is tested in the musical “The Wind in the Willows,” a production of The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County that opens Friday, March 1, at the Barr Street auditorium.


The production, which runs until March 9, has catchy songs, plenty of comedy and audience participation that children and adults will enjoy, theater officials said.

“It’s fun, it’s light-hearted all around, and the scenery and the costumes are really good,” director Joe Timmons said. “It’s not just for children; it’s really good for adults as well.”

Based on the children’s book by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908, the musical tells the story of the friendship of the good Water Rat (played by Troy Dunbar), the shy and curious Mole (Lindsey Armstrong) and the sensible Badger.

The antics of Mr. Toad (Mark Boozer), a wily and impulsive animal, tests their friendship as they try to save Toad from himself and rescue the magnificent Toad Hall from the devious weasels, ferrets and stoats.

Timmons, 30, has directed a handful of other Lancaster shows and loves “The Wind in the Willows” for its catchy music.

The musical director is David Platts.

Lindsey Armstrong, 25, a teacher at Carolina Christian Academy plays the shy, curious Mole.

She will wear overalls and eyeglasses.

Armstrong likes the quirky characters, catchy songs and British humor throughout the musical.

She also believes in the moral of the story.

“The message is if you come off as proud or arrogant, you definitely need to stay humble,” said Armstrong, who has been in nearly a dozen Lancaster productions. “Toad had everything, and he lost everything. Listen to the people, your friends, that give you good advice.”

Advance tickets are available at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster.

Tickets will be available at the door. Prices are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under are $5.

For more information, visit lancasterplayhouse.com.