What a show! We hope that everyone enjoyed “The Wind in the Willows”… as much as we did presenting it to you!

MARCH 2024

The Wind In The Willows

This classic tale was our spring musical with the largest cast KATS have put together!

Wednesday 20th – Saturday 23rd March 2024: 7.30pm
with a matinee performance on Saturday 23rd – 2pm.

The Wind in the Willows follows the story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, Mrs Otter and their infamous friend Mr Toad. Based on the classic tale by Kenneth Grahame, we journey with our lead characters through a whole year on the riverbank.

As Toad frolics and fools around with one gadget and gizmo after another, his loyal friends do their best to keep him on the straight and narrow. With the changing seasons comes danger from the Wild Wooders and disaster for Mr Toad. Sit back and enjoy this toe tapping musical written by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellows, with music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.


Thank you!

KATS is hugely grateful to local Holiday lettings Company, Toad Hall Cottages for all their fantastic support, particularly in sponsoring the print materials for The Wind In The Willows production…
and our local builders merchant: Palladium for giving us a large amount of free wood to help make props required this upcoming production.

These gifts and support are amazing and really help to enable KATS to keep entertaining audiences, again and again. Be sure to buy a ticket for The Wind In The Willows – it’s going to be a ‘must see’ show.

Tickets on sale now!

Cast & Crew

DIRECTOR - Jules McColl

Well for the first time with KATS I am double hatted! I am delighted to be Chair of KATS but also to have been to be allowed to direct such an exciting musical!

Being Chair of such a vibrant, active, and professional theatrical society is an honour. This year has seen our greatest influx of new members both on and off stage and what we keep on hearing is how welcoming and friendly we are – so if you are reading this and want to join – just do it!

It takes some time to choose a musical…firstly you need to ensure the Musical Director and Choreographer like it – tick! Then you need to be able to cast it (KATS rarely is bothered with intermixing male and female parts – tick!) …and finally, you need approval from the Committee…luckily, they all loved the idea…tick!

This year has not only seen new cast (several taking lead roles) on stage but also a new Set Designer and several new design assistants and costume assistants. For the first time we bought the making of props and set items into rehearsals – making a more cohesive unit – great for comradery and really feeling like a team. I could not have done this without the constant support from our wonderful MD and choreographer – still not entirely sure what a click track is!!

When I told our wonderful Costume lady that each chorus member would be at least 3 parts – and there were 20 chorus – she hardly batted an eyelid! Our Stage Manager was not phased with pages of props or indeed getting her mother to crochet hats, ears and tails – what a team!

A huge thank you to Toad Hall Cottages who have proudly sponsored all our advertising – to have such strong local support is fantastic. Also, to Palladium, our local builder’s merchant, who supplied us with endless amounts of wood and ply – again without such help putting on such large productions would not be possible.

This show has been a mammoth effort from every person, and I thank every single one of them from the bottom of my heart. Everyone should have a go at directing – there is a lot more to it than you think but with the team I had I hope you will see that it was all worth it.

Now sit back and enjoy – poop poop!

Choreographer - Carey Ryan-carter

Carey first joined KATS ten years ago when she played a lead role in Steel Magnolias. In 2019, she returned to direct Guys and Dolls and in the summer play of the same year, she played Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers which earned KATs the award for best drama. In 2022, she directed ‘9 to 5’ for which KATS received the NODA Award for best musical.

Last year she put her own twist on My Fair Lady to critical acclaim and sell out audiences. This year she has taken on the role of choreographer which has proved an enjoyable challenge due to the complexity of the score and narrative, but she has thoroughly enjoyed working with this incredibly talented and hard-working cast.

Musical director - Keith Motson

Keith started learning the piano at the age of 5 and then progressed onto learning flute, drums and percussion and organ. He studied Percussion and Conducting at Trinity College of Music in London winning the Adam Collins and the Ricordi Conducting prizes along the way. He was the first student conductor to be appointed assistant conductor for a college opera, conducting Prokofiev’s Love of Three Oranges studying conducting under Peter Stark and Diego Masson.

He spent over ten years as Music Director for Havering Singers and was principal conductor for the Essex Choral Festival.

He is highly experienced Musical Director for the stage with previous credits including Crazy for You, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, Grease, Hello Dolly, Bugsy Malone, and Jospeh and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and was resident Musical Director for 42nd Street at the Edinburgh Festival.

After a highly enjoyable KATS debut with My Fair Lady last year, Keith is delighted to return to the company and has thoroughly enjoyed working with a talented young cast. He lives with his wife Sally, daughter Liberty and two brainless but adorable dogs.

Amelia Ambrose

This is Amelia’s first production with KATS. She has loved the enthusiasm and overall support with singing, dancing, and acting that KATS has provided. Amelia says that acting is something she wants to continue to do in the future and is proud to have been part of The Wind in the Willows.

Christine Bonner

Christine has played in countless KATS plays and musicals over the past 17 years and has loved every minute. Her most recent roles were Mrs Higgins in My Fair Lady and spiteful spinster, Miss Emily Brent in And Then There Were None. She is delighted to be a member of the Hedgehog family in this fabulously fun musical.

Julie Cardrick

Julie is very excited to be performing in her third production with KATS and taking on the role of the Magistrate as well as various assorted animals. She has loved working with this very professional and friendly cast and crew on this wonderful musical but she has never had so many costume changes!

Teresa Chapman

Teresa has a wealth of experience with KATS and is eagerly looking forward to her role in The Wind in the Willows. She will be performing alongside younger cast members who will bring a lot of vibrancy and energy to the show.

Jasmine Cox

Jasmine recently moved back to the UK after 18 years in New Zealand where she was involved in school productions and local musicals. Most recently she did multiple years in the parody and fun filled University Law Revue, producing in her final year. She says “Chief Weasel is a fizzy and fanatic character to play – he is a hell of a lot of fun!”

Caroline Forcer

This is Caroline’s third KATS production. She is delighted she’s progressed from playing a drunk in her two previous roles to being a stoat baddie in this year’s show. Caroline says, “It’s been a delight to play such a villainous rogue!”

Nate Fox

Nate joined KATS in 2021 and has been in every musical and play since. Playing Mr Toad is Nate’s first lead role and is one he is enjoying immensely. Toad’s frantic and bad behaviour has allowed him to tap into his love of comedy and as usual there may be an element of falling over!

Megan Gidley

This is the first KATS production Megan has taken part in, after years of watching the performances in awe between MAD Kids musicals and pantomimes. She has now joined the cast of this amazing musical during her gap year before she goes to Brighton to complete an acting course this September. Megan has really enjoyed the professionalism of this show and has enjoyed being pushed in a different way such as acting and singing with an accent whilst dressing a cast member as a woman!

Sarah Hailey

Having moved to Salcombe, Sarah is a newcomer to amateur dramatics and is making her stage debut in this production. She is a singer in the local gospel choir and loves it so much she thought she’d spread her wings to be a member of The Wind of the Willows chorus.

Caroline Hall

Caroline was born and brought up in Dartmouth. She moved upriver to Dittisham in 2005 and joined Ditsum Players. Her first role was in a murder mystery. Since moving nearer to Kingsbridge a few years ago, this is Caroline’s third KATS musical having been in both 9 to 5 and My Fair Lady.

Jo Kelly

Last year, Jo landed her first acting role as Elaine the cockney beautician in Calendar Girls. This year she is performing in her first musical as Cheryl Stoat. Jo describes her character as “a special, sassy, and silly stoat who loves hanging out with Chief Weasel.” Jo says being in the show has been an incredible journey.

Gaynor Kember

With a passion for the stage, Gaynor embarked on her acting journey with the Chudleigh Amateur Dramatic Society. Later she joined Arne House Productions where she embraced diverse roles. Gaynor says that KATS with its warm embrace and welcoming spirit adds a special dimension to her journey. She states that “the community’s openness fosters creativity and connection, making every performance a shared celebration.”

Lucy Mattos

This is Lucy’s first production with KATS and she says that its been a great experience to work with such a fun group of people. Lucy’s been part of plays and musicals in the past and so she’s very excited to take to the stage once again!

Helen Mitchelmore

Originally from South Wales, Helen still has a close affinity to her Welsh roots. She began performing from an early age at school, singing and dancing in Eisteddfods. Helen joined KATS in 2007 for the musical Sweet Charity (still a favourite) and has been in every musical since. In later years she has also been part of the costume team, enjoying the sewing in her spare time!

Annalese Murray

Having rediscovered a love for being part of a ‘company’ through several years of performing in MAD pantos, Annalese is thrilled to be playing Ratty for KATS in Wind in the Willows – her most demanding role yet. She is loving being part of this talented and welcoming cast.

Isla Murray

Isla has loved performing since moving to Devon in 2016. Isla has performed in MAD productions such as The Addams Family in which she played Wednesday and in school productions including Les Misérables, Oliver and High School Musical. This is Isla’s first performance with KATS.

Will Murray

Will’s early acting career comprised of playing a bucket aged 6, an achievement that ‘pails into insignificance compared to his various MAD panto roles including kings, slave sellers, and bears. Will loves performing with wife Annalese and daughter Isla, and the inspirational nature of being part of the KATS family.

Millie Richards

This is Millie’s first KATS show. Millie has loved the opportunity this part has given her to play with a comedic side while also getting to explore being a bad guy. She has enjoyed being welcomed to the group, making genuine friends, and getting to be a part of such a fun show.

Sue Richards

This is Sue’s first performance with KATS. She has been warmly welcomed into the KATS family and is really enjoying bringing Mrs Hedgehog to life and being a cheeky, sneaky stoat! Outside of KATS Sue loves cold water swimming, long walks in nature and yoga.

Sarah Robens

Sarah has enjoyed performing in various KATS productions, on and off over the last 17 years – when she first donned a beard to play a male bottle-dancer in Fiddler on the Roof – a costume which resulted in an allergic reaction to the beard glue and decision never to don a beard again! Having played both leads and ensemble parts, Sarah has always enjoyed the camaraderie and creativity of KATS, both of which have been supremely evident in this fabulous production.

Anita Robinson

Anita is originally from Scotland but has recently moved to Malborough. She has always loved musical theatre and has played the Artful Dodger in her school production of Oliver and participated in YMT productions and Dundee University’s Musical Theatre Society. Anita has found Wind in the Willows incredibly fun, catchy, and felt very welcomed to the team.

Charlotte Simmonds

Charlotte has been in shows since the age of eight. She has a strong passion for dance. This will be her first show with KATS but her thirteenth overall.

Olly Simmonds

Olly has been acting since the age of eight and from then has played Gomez in The Addams Family, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang both with MAD Kids. This will be Olly’s second KATS production.

Karina Tyszkiewicz

Karina is delighted to be part of The Wind in the Willows. This is her fourth show with KATS, and she would like to express her gratitude to everyone who made this show possible, especially the wonderful audience without whom KATS would not exist.

Brynn Walsh

Brynn is 14 years old and will be making his KATS debut in The Wind in the Willows and while he is the youngest in the group, he is very excited about the whole experience. He takes part in MAD winter and summer shows and also school shows. Brynn really likes acting so is hoping to take Drama for his GCSEs in due course.

Holly Weeks

This is Holly’s first time performing with KATS but has been in school productions including Oliver, Bugsy Malone, and High School Musical. Holly was keen to join KATS in order to get experience of acting with a company of varied ages and backgrounds. Holly says she has learnt a lot from this production.

Dina White

This is Dina’s fifth production with KATS. Other productions include, Oliver, Singing in the Rain, My Fair Lady and And Then There Were None. Dina also performs with Salcombe Players and has played lead roles including Elvira in Blithe Spirit and Polly in the murder mystery Dead at the Deep End with the company “Murders Assured.” Dina is really excited to be a part of Wind in the Willows and hopes you enjoy the show.


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KATS has been entertaining local audiences for over 100 years, with Trial by Jury as the first production in 1901.

All performers and crew are members of the Society, participating in the productions and enjoying plenty of social get togethers too.