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Childhood inspiration becomes localized summer production

For whatever reason, audiences can’t get enough of animals who behave like humans.

Dan Ebbs, left, is Mole, and Kydra Ryan is Ratty in The Wind in the Willows, an Alvego Root Theatre production. Not much happens in the languid playing, but the characters do go punting on the river (Photo by Richard Gilmore)

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For whatever reason, audiences can’t get enough of animals who behave like humans.

Whether it’s George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, the television series Tales From the Riverbank or Muppets such as Kermit the frog, Miss Piggy and Rowlf the dog, there is a long history of artists who use non-humans to tell their stories, imbuing the characters with the traits of homo sapiens to make them relatable.

Now, comes a new all-ages play from London’s Alvego Root Theatre, the company with a mission to tell local stories. It’s an adaptation of the much-reinterpreted 1908 novel The Wind in the Willows by British author Kenneth Grahame, and features actors playing storied characters such as Mr. Toad, Mole, Badger and Ratty.

“This new version reimagines the classic story in a Southwestern Ontario setting, steeped in the natural history of the region,” the troupe’s website says.

Artistic director Adam Corrigan Holowitz first saw a production of Wind in the Willows at the Grand Theatre in 1999 when he was three years old. That production, he says, is what inspired him to become involved in theatre. “It’s always been in my head as a reference point,” he said. “I adapted it the way I’d always imagined it.”

If you recall reading The Wind in the Willows as a child, you’ll remember that not much happens. The characters spend time punting on the river and generally messing about, in the process learning lessons about how to get along with others.

“I think it’s a story about friendship,” Corrigan Holowitz said. “Friends sometimes tell you what you need to hear,” as opposed to what you’d like to hear.

And although the performers – including Dan Ebbs as Mole, Kydra Ryan as Ratty and Jason Rip as Toad – don’t dress up in animal costumes, they do give the audience cues through their “animal physicality.”

“One of the things we did early on (in rehearsals) is explore the animal movement,” said Corrigan Holowitz.

One example is how Mole sniffs his way across the stage. “Mole leads by his nose; everything is driven by scent. Ratty uses her hands,” said Corrigan Holowitz.

One of the underlying themes of the piece is dealing with technology of the day, except in this case the leading edge of innovation is represented by a new-fangled motor car – not a cellphone – with which Toad becomes obsessed.

“The first time (the animals) see the car, it drives them off the road,” Corrigan Holowitz said.

And theatre lovers may find the laid-back, languid vibe of the piece is perfect for a mid-summer theatre production. “There is this tinge of melancholy in it,” said Corrigan Holowitz. “There’s moment you forgot they’re animals.”

The Wind in the Willows begins its run July 10. The other summer production from Alvego Root Theatre is Fools And Lovers.


What: Alvego Root Theatre’s adaptation of The Wind in the Willows

When: July 10 at 3 p.m., July 11, 17, 18, 23 at 7:30 p.m. and July 24 at 2 p.m.

Where: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, enter at 1424 Clarke Road through Fanshawe Conservation Area

How much: $20 for adults and $11 for children (12 years old and younger); $45 for two adults and two children

Online: For Fools and Lovers performance times, visit

This Week at Epiphany


This Week at Epiphany Sunday Jul 21

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of – Jack Davies and Ken & Eleanor O’Liari  and dear friend Eleanor Shrubsall – given by Sue and Dan Davies.

Bible Readings Sunday July 21

We are completely accessible with an elevator and two accessible washrooms.

The Little Church that Cares

Contact: Rev. Teresa Corrigan


phone: 519-671-0577 [cell]

The Church phone is unmonitored. Please feel free to leave a message and we’ll get back to you. 519 432 2837


Announcements from Rev Teresa Jul 21


*July Craft Club – Saturday, July 20 – 10-noon

*August Craft Club – Saturday, August 24 (mark your calendar) 10-noon

*Jeremy Smith. Afternoon Concert.  Aka John Denver. July 21.  1:30.  $10 advanced.  $12 at the door.

*Thank  you for Preaching today Rev. Peter.

* Today! Jeremy Smith. Afternoon Concert.  Aka John Denver. July 21.  1:30.  $10 advanced.  $12 at the door.

* Popcorn White cheddar, orange cheddar and dill pickle left…  get it before it’s gone!!  No more after July 28, 2019.

*August: We traditionally are not at church for the month of August.  Thank you to everyone who continues with their envelopes.  Our expenses go on the same.  Back to church Sunday September 8. Norcard/DFS catalogues.

*Adam and Stephen’s Theatre.  Fanshawe Pioneer Village.  The Wind in the Willows Wed 17th & Thurs 18th at 7:30 p.m.  Fools and Lovers.  Tues 16th  at 7:30 p.m. and Wed 17th at 2:00. (One more week)

*Quilt July 30 at 7 p.m.till 9.  Bring your sewing machine, scisors, and seam ripper.  Not in August. Last Tuesday.

*Food Cupboard.   Butch. 519-615-9106. Rice? Tomato Soup.

*Craft Club.  Saturday, July 20 – 10-noon.  & Saturday, August 24 (mark your calendar) 10-noon

*Apportionment: Pretty App.  Jar 17.15 ($121.85) Thank you to those giving in your regular donations. (Jan – April $440.25) We are half through the year and half paid on the apportionment.  Keep up our good work!

*Yard and Bake Sale. September 28.  Silent Auction Letter.

*Bible Study.  Tuesdays 10 am.  Fall Start up Again.

*MINT SMOOTHIES Dark or Light. $2 

*Pop Cans for Keanna.

*Used Batteries

*Folded Kleenex boxes.

*Next Euchre/Cribbage Monday September 23. 

*Tea and Talk.  2nd Thursday.  Start up September 12.  1 p.m.  Potluck lunch.  All Welcome.  

*Spaghetti Dinner.  Sign up help sheet. Sat. September 14.  Put in your calendar.  Help needed!!  New Silent Auction items needed.

*Thanksgiving.  Sun. October 13.

*There are three ways to contribute at Epiphany : Prayer for the church; Help at events; donations if possible. Our Lord knows us.

*Thank you for your generous love of Epiphany. 

Our Church does much good, quietly, without fanfare. 

Let’s all keep up our Good Work!

Dolphin Painting Raffle

The lucky winner of the Dolphin Painting was Bette Cunningham. Here she is receiving her prize from Hilda. Congratulations Bette.


World Day of Prayer at Epiphany

On Friday March first we celebrated the women of Slovenia with Westmount Presbyterian, Westview Baptist, St. John The Devine (RC), and Mount Zion United. The service was put together and run capably by our own Judy Caley. Thanks Judy.

Quilt Raffle Winner

The winner of this years Quilt was Bruce Jackson. Bruce says he’s always cold when he gets to the church on Sunday Mornings, so he will leave the quilt here. He will use it to warm up before the service.



We Will Remember

The We Will Remember concert Sunday November 11 was a great success. A huge thank you to Stephen for all his work putting on the concert. As anyone there will tell you it was simply amazing. There were historical newspaper reports, beautiful music, great vocals featuring Paul Grambo and Katie Clarke, an historical piece written by Adam featuring Elsie Perrin Williams and her husband. It was a fantastic show and it raised almost $1700. Thank you very much to Stephen and crew.

The morning before the concert I met John who had come by to pay his respects at our cenotaph. John is a radio host at CHRW and when he learned about our upcoming concert suggested that he could record it and play it on the radio.

John showed up with all his gear and recorded the We Will Remember concert

Here is the link to the podcast.

For those of you unable to attend the concert, please have a listen. Once again it was a great concert. Thank you! Thank you! Thank You! Stephen

Thank you also to John for putting the concert over the airwaves and providing us with this podcast.    Thank you John!!!

Afghanistan Project

The Manor and Highland Park Cenotaph sits on church property at the corner of Holborn Ave and Briscoe St. This year the committee overseeing the Cenotaph has upgraded the monument with an Afghanistan Memorial tribute. The WW1 soldier was lifted off the monument. The old granite base was removed and then replaced with a new larger granite block. The new block was inscribed with the following:

The official unveiling has taken place during our Service of Dedication October 27, 2018. Donations to this memorial project may still be made to Church of the Epiphany Memorial Fund – Afghanistan.

Please watch the You Tube video.


Thank you!!



Cans for Keanna

Don’t throw out that aluminum. Save it and bring it to Epiphany. Crush it down first if you are able.


Ms Dianne Walker Barfett

It is with great sadness that we at Epiphany mourn the passing of Dianne Walker Barfett. Dianne’s funeral will be at The Church of the Epiphany (corner of Briscoe and Holborn in London ON)11:00 am Monday July 30 2018. The funeral will be followed by a reception in the Epiphany Memorial Hall.

WALKER-BARFETT, Dianne Joyce (nee Whittington) …
Peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the age of 68. Loving mother of Shawn (Tanya) Barfett, Warren (Christine) Barfett and Nathan (Kim) Barfett. Adored grandma to Laura, Gracie, Cody, Cole, Cameron, Craig, Jamie, Jordan and Jesse. Cherished great grandmother to Emily, Avery and Carson. Beloved sister to Sharon (the late Robert) Williams and the late Linda Whittington. Dianne will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends are welcomed for visiting on Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The funeral service will take place on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 11 am at Church of the Epiphany at 11 Briscoe Street West, London. Procession to Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London to follow. Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 442 Adelaide Street North, London, ON N6B 3H8. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

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