CHILDREN'S THEATER: SEASON 12
 

The Children's Theater Series is appropriate for grade school aged children. Families with younger children are welcome to attend our all ages performances every Sunday. Schedule: Fri at 7pm, Sat & Sun at 1pm & 4pm
Single Tickets: $10.00 (all ages)
Sunday Discount: $5.00 ages 1 to 3 and FREE for children under 1

 

 

 

May 6-22, 2011

A Year with Frog and Toad

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale  Music by Robert Reale

Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
Directed by Kate Swenson
Music Direction by Kimberly Dare

 

Cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad awaken from their hibernation in the spring and spend a year planting gardens, swimming, raking leaves and sledding. Along the way, they learn the true value of friendship. Based on the beloved series of tales by Arnold Lobel.

CHARLES GIFT (FROG)
A native of Texas, Charles has been on stage pretty much since he was old enough to say "God bless Us, everuy”. Charles moved here 3 years ago from Eastern WA where he has been working as a technician, director and actor. Since moving to the west side Charles has been seen on stage for Seattle Musical Theater, Phoenix Theater, SecondStory Repertory, Anything is Possible Childrens Theater and Greg Thompson Productions. He was last seen on stage as Tobias in the world Premiere of "Stings Like Acid" for New Amerikan Theater. And Noah in "110 Degrees in the Shade" at Seattle Musical Theater where he now acts as Props Manager, and Dick in "Play It Again Sam" at Phoenix Theater. Other Favorite roles include The dentist and the Plant in "Little Shop of Horrors, Curly In "Oklahoma", Motel and Perchick in "Fiddler on the Roof" CC Showers in "The Diviners"  Adam in "Someone to Watch Over Me, at interPlayers Proffesional Theater in Spokane. Charles has acted as Technical Director for interPlayers, The Lake City Playhouse in Coeur D Alene Idaho, where he has designed, built, and directed over 30 different productions.  Charles holds a BA in Theater from Gonzaga University and spends his days selling and renting theater equipment for PNTA. On March 23rd, Charles was married to the love of his life, Meghan. But enough about Charles, how are ya'll doing?

SEAN MITCHELL (TOAD)
While this show marks Sean’s first appearance in the Children’s Theater series, he is no stranger to the SecondStory Rep stage.  He was Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, Didi in Waiting for Godot, and a fixture in the Complete Works series. Over the past 12 years, Sean has spent time on other Puget Sound stages as well, including Centerstage, Seattle Rep, Seattle Shakespeare, and Seattle’s 14/48 theater festival.  He is also a tech geek, husband, and father of three.  Sean first read the Frog and Toad stories to his kids sixteen years ago, and they still make him cry--the stories, not the kids.  Sean is grateful for this dream opportunity to play Toad.

SARA TROWBRIDGE (ENSEMBLE)
Sara happily returns to the SecondStory stage, where she was last seen as The “Good” Witch, Branwyn, in Sleeping Beauty.  She is thrilled to be a part of this charming story of two very dear friends, and doubly thrilled to be working with such a brilliant cast.  Special thanks to Kate for the opportunity, and to Kim and Allison for making it all easy (well, easier anyway). Besides SecondStory, Sara can frequently be seen at the Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds.  She earned her BA in Theatre Performance at Central Washington University.

ISAIAH CROWSON (ENSEMBLE)
Isaiah Crowson loves the fact that he is returning to SecondStory Rep’s Children’s Theater.  You may have seen him at SecondStory Rep before.  He was that hairy guy in Little Red Riding Hood, the Humphrey Bogart looking, trench coat wearing guy in She Loves Me,  he was also the mutton chop wearing, prancing sailor guy in HMS Pinafore, the shirtless forest dweller/failed cattle rancher in Bat Boy, and the blustering mustachioed gentleman in Private Lives.  You may have also seen him as Jake in Artswest’s production of Evil Dead the Musical, as Lewis in S2 or as Satan in Interlace [Falling Star] at The Annex Theatre.  You probably didn’t see him as Mitch in Tuesday’s With Morrie at The Merc Playhouse this summer but Isaiah would like to assure all of you that it was an excellent production…promise.

ALLISON HOPKINS (ENSEMBLE)
It's a bird, it's a mouse, it's a squirrel, it's a mole, it's a
frog...  No, WAIT!  It's Allison Hopkins!

Allison is tickled to make her first appearance with SecondStory as many fun and friendly woodland creatures in A Year With Frog and Toad. A native to Ellensburg, WA, she discovered her passion for children's musical theater at age seven, when she played Pebbles The Rockstar in Ellensburg Children's Musical Theater's original production of The Heartbeat of the Unborn Time.  Since then, she has performed in six children's theater productions in her home town.  Now a Junior at Cornish College of the Arts, Allison is attaining her Bachelor of Music in classical voice performance.  Her favorite recent roles include Soupy Sue in the 2010 Cornish production of Urinetown, as well as her first opera appearance as Laetitia in the 2011 Cornish production of The Old Maid and The Thief.  Allison would like to thank her parents for their constant love, support, and financial assistance, her grandparents for their love and enthusiasm toward the arts, her five siblings for enduring the long car rides to the theater, her teachers and mentors at Cornish for their never-ending knowledge and belief in her abilities, and the cast and crew of this show; for without them, the experience would not be near as memorable.  And special thanks to the authors and illustrators of the Frog and Toad books.  You have forever colored so many childhoods with such precious memories.

KATE SWENSON (DIRECTOR)
Kate Swenson is an actor, director, designer, and educator working with youth of all ages throughout the Seattle area. She is thrilled to be back at SecondStory where past projects include: directing Godspell for the summer teen program, appearing as Mayor Maggie in Bat Boy, and teaching countless camps and classes. This summer she will be directing Once Upon a Mattress for CORE Theatrics and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat for Youth Theatre NW. When not on stage, Kate loves experimenting in the kitchen, reading and writing fiction, and traveling to visit friends and family across the country.

KIMBERLY DARE (MUSIC DIRECTOR)
Previous shows include: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Balagan Theatre at ACT); Evil Dead the Musical (ArtsWest), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Contemporary Classics/RK Productions), I Love You Because (Centerstage Theatre), A...My Name Will Always Be Alice (Redwood Theatre), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Arts West), Nietzsche! The Musical (RK Productions) and Full Monty (Balagan), New Voices 7 & 8 (Contemporary Classics). Thank you to Bailey and Adam.

CHRISTINA MASSON (STAGE MANAGER/CHOREOGRAPHER)
“Frog and Toad” marks many firsts for Christina: this is her first time working at SecondStory Rep (but hopefully not her last), as well as her first time stage managing for theater.  A dancer for the past 18 years, she has found a love for performing in musicals.  She holds a BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography and a minor in Theater from Western Washington University, during which time she worked with Bellingham Repertory Dance and Bellingham Theatre Guild (where she choreographed “Bunnicula”).  She’s also thankful for the opportunity to work with Kate again after 9 wonderful productions during Christina’s high school years.  Her next project: performing in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “My Fair Lady” at Leavenworth Summer Theater.

Originally presented on Broadway by Bob Boyett, Adrienne Lobel, Michael Gardner, Lawrence Horowitz and Roy Furman

World Premiere at The Children's Theatre Company Minneapolis, Minnesota

 



 
   

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