Ashland University Department of Theatre presents Whistle Down the Wind directed by Ric Goodwin. After presenting the North American premiere in 1997 with tremendous success, Professor Goodwin suggested producing the show again which involves 40 performers from the University and community.
This adaptation of Mary Hayley Bell's celebrated novel and its film incarnation (which starred the author's daughter, Hayley Mills, and Alan Bates) was an absolute triumph in its English stage premiere and subsequent presentation at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival. When three rural children discover a wounded fugitive hiding in their barn, they believe him to be Jesus Christ. In a vow of secrecy, the village children harbor the stranger. When he is ultimately betrayed, the adults rush to "save" their children with sorrowful consequences. A parable about faith, conviction and the fragile optimism of youth, WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND is a musical that soars with human spirit.
Whistle Down the Wind is based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell, Screenplay by Willis Hall and Keith Waterhouseand, Film by Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes, Adapted by Russell Labey, Richard Taylor with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor