Thursday January 5, 2012

Live Theatre

Frogs in Footlights 

A Year of Frog and Toad fulfills fantasies

Released by Andrew Smith, CSOPA


he Chilliwack School of Performing Arts is proud to present A Year With Frog and Toad, a song-filled year in the life of two woodland friends. 


The Tony-nominated family musical is based on the series of children’s books by Arnold Lobel, with book and lyrics by Willie Reale and music by Robert Reale. 


A Year With Frog and Toad will run from January 12 to 22 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.


Nominated for three Tony Awards in 2003, including Best Musical, A Year With Frog and Toad follows two best friends, Frog and Toad, as they awaken from hibernation and embark on adventures together from planting a garden to flying kites, swimming in a pond, sledding down a hill, or just settling down together with a warm bowl of soup.

The original books, by Arnold Lobel won both the Caldecott and Newbery Awards. The musical version was commissioned by his daughter, Adrianne Lobel, and broke new ground by bringing professional children's theatre to Broadway.

Frog & Toad will be played respectively by CSOPA veterans Jacklyn Kirsch & Brittany Clough. The Birds will be played by Caylen Braun, newcomers Kessia Warren & Raven Regino, as well as Carmen Sigurdson & Olivia Simpson (who played Jojo in last year’s production of Seussical). Hannah deNevers is Turtle, while Meghan Mindel will take on Mouse & Maxwell Glover the Lizard.  Father Frog and Mother Frog played respectively by Jonathan Woyke and Katy Fairley. Hyacinthe Lithgow is the Young Frog while Brandon Grove will play the Large & Terrible Frog. 

Rounding out the rest of the cast, the Moles and the Squirrels are played by Sebastian Warkentin-Scott, Dominique Ward, Avianna Clempson, Tyler Kettle, Sarah Isaak, Kathryn Harder, Jessica Westeringh & Jordan Orto. Lastly, bringing up the rear, is Snail. To be played by Will Hutchinson (seen last year as Horton the Elephant in Seussical).

Andrew Smith is the director, Christopher King is the musical director and Shelley Wojcik the choreographer.  Set by Kate Whyte, costumes by Heather Westergard and lights by Jamea Lister.

A Year With Frog and Toad opens on Friday January 13, 2012 and runs until Sunday, January 22, 2012. 

  • 7:30pm evening performances on January 11,12,13,14,19,20,21. 

  • 2:00pm matineé performances on January 14,15,21,22. 

Adults $20, students & seniors $15.  $9.75 all seats on January 12 (evening),14 (matineé) & 19 (evening).  By-donation preview January 11 (available only at door).  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cultural Centre box office at 604-391-SHOW (7469).

“A sweet treat for the young and young at heart” — Vancouver Courier


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