Winnie the Pooh and friends come to Forrest

Friday, March 11, 2011
Owl, played by John Collyer, warns the rest about a new bouncy creature that has entered the woods.

The Forrest Players will end their 2010-2011 season with A.A. Milne's children's play, "The House at Pooh Corner," adapted by Bettye Knapp. Make plans to bring the whole family to meet Winnie the Pooh and all his friends at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in the Forrest Theatre

The story begins as Christopher Robin is being sent away to school - in Africa. Meanwhile, Eeyore needs a new house built so he doesn't catch pneumonia. What to do? An emergency meeting has been called. Should everyone run away to the South Pole (the other side of the berry patch)? Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, and her nieces Early and Late have big problems to solve in this entertaining and delightful slice of family fun.

With a group of young and veteran actors the play's rehearsals have been full of energy and laughs. The cast includes Taylor Blanchett as Kanga, Caleb Boone as Christopher Robin, Elizabeth Church as Late, John Collyer as Owl, Emily Green as Winnie the Pooh, Emily Hockin as Roo, Courtney Howard as Eeyore, Tabitha Kincaid as Piglet, Kim Meacham as Rabbit, Ashton Sawyer as Tigger, and Nikki Scott as Early. Jed Hall acts as stage manager and also provides the voice of Christopher Robin's father.

For years Milne's stories have fascinated and entranced children and this play is no exception. With the magic and wonder of each character in a 100-acre wood the play comes to life.