Talent search success for Whistle Down the Wind

Music in the Minster production of Whistle Down the Wind, left to right; musical Director Marco Romano, Creative Director Alison |Barton, with principals Daisie Moore, 14, Hannah Lindstedt, 14, and Owen Seafield, 13.

Music in the Minster production of Whistle Down the Wind, left to right; musical Director Marco Romano, Creative Director Alison |Barton, with principals Daisie Moore, 14, Hannah Lindstedt, 14, and Owen Seafield, 13.

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ACTORS are blowing the whistle on a new musical production.

This summer Music in the Minster launched a region-wide search for singers to take part in Whistle Down the Wind at Sunderland Minster – and they were not disappointed.

Now they have unveiled the cast and crew which will bring the show to life on November 16 and 17.

Creative director Alison Barton said: “We’ve brought together a team of experienced experts to develop and guide our cast as they train and perform alongside professionals in a full production.

“We’ve found plenty of talent ready to rise to the challenge here in the North East.”

The main characters in the forthcoming production, an adaptation of the 1961 Richard Attenborough film, are all played by North East singers who auditioned at the free workshops in July.

Hannah Lindstedt, 14, from Millfield, plays Cathy; Daisie Moore, also 14, from County Durham, plays Nan; and Owen Seafield, 13, from Sunderland, plays Charles.

Hannah said: “I’m especially looking forward to the last few rehearsals because we’ll really get to see all of the different elements come together.”

The lead adult roles are performed by John Patrick Reay, from Seaham, and Tom Morris, from Sunderland.

John, who also performed in BBC Tyne and Wear’s Metro the Musical, said: “I’m looking forward to playing the role of Dad whose character changes throughout the story, from scepticism to belief in his children’s innocent sense of faith and humanity.”

But the talent is not just on stage.

Behind the scenes, the professional creative team includes costume designer Gayle Marie Playford, who made costumes for Sarah Lancashire, Joanna Vanderham and Elaine Cassidy on BBC One’s hit costume drama The Paradise.

Music in the Minster is a registered charity, which brings experts from the world of opera and music to share their skills with people across Wearside.

Due to high demand, an extra matinee performance has been added at 3pm this Saturday.

l Tickets can be booked online via www.ticketsource.co.uk/musicintheminster, by phone on 0844 8700 887 or in person at Sunderland Minster.

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