Auditions for Whistle Down the Wind – a community musical will be held on
Sunday 11th December in The Market Theatre

Adult Auditions: Check-in 3:30pm; Auditions 4pm – 6pm
Child Auditions: Check-in 6pm; Auditions 6:30pm – 8:30pm

After the success of 2019’s production of Oliver!, Our Star Theatre Company and The Market Theatre are joining forces one again to stage another community musical: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down The Wind.

Based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and the film directed by Richard Attenborough, Lloyd Webber’s musical takes this classic story to 1959 Louisiana USA.  This story revolves around the time and place where the word ‘teenager’ was invented.

Swallow, struggling to come to terms with the death of her mother, discovers a mysterious stranger whom she believes is Jesus.  In a town where a miracle is long overdue, the children fight to protect him from an adult world determined to find an escaped convict hiding in their midst.  As fantasy and reality collide, Swallow is torn between the two and begins to discover who she is and where she is going...

Rehearsals will take place in The Market Theatre from early February on
* Tuesdays and Thursdays for Adults,
* Wednesdays for Children, and
* Sundays with everyone.

Performances will be from 19th to 22nd April 2023.

To register for an audition or for more information, please email Ben Mowbray (Director) or phone 07742-878329.

*Please Note – Pre-booking for auditions is essential*



Swallow (F) 15-18Lead.  Young Girl entering adulthood.  Has to act as the mother to younger siblings.
Poor Baby (M/F) 8-12Supporting.  Swallow’s youngest sibling – excitable personality.
Brat (M/F) 10-14Supporting.  The middle child.  Always tries to act grown-up.
Featured Children (M/F) 8-15Several points throughout the show requiring soloists or ensemble lines.
Ensemble (M/F) 8-16Lots of opportunity for a young ensemble to dance and sing often throughout the show.


The Man (M) 25-50Lead.  An escaped convict wrongly identified as Jesus.  Kept safe by the children whilst on the run.
Boone (M) 30-55Supporting Lead.  Widowed father of Swallow, Brat and Poor Baby.  Trying to cope after losing his wife.
Candy (F) 18-25Supporting Lead.  Young woman fed up of the small-town life, looking for excitement somewhere new.
Amos (M) 18-30Supporting Lead.  The local bad-boy with a soft spot for Swallow.
Snake Preacher (M/F) 25-75Supporting.  Acts as narrator to the story.  Touring preacher holding revival meetings.
The Sheriff (M) 25-50Supporting.  Enforces the law and keeps the peace.
Ed (M/F) 20-50Supporting.  Farm hand for the local ranch.
Earl (M/F) 30-40Supporting.  New resident to the town.  Very religious.
Townsfolk Ensemble (M/F)
 all ages needed.
Lots of musical numbers and scenes.