March 25, 2017 - April 15, 2017
A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe... all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. Photos by Michael Brunk | NWlens.com
Brad Walker (Frog) is always proud to return to the SSR stage, where he has played Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Frankie in Forever Plaid, and has directed The Snow Queen. A graduate of the University of Washington, Brad has also performed with Taproot Theatre, StoryBook Theater, Book-It Rep, Intiman Theatre, and Seattle Musical Theatre, to name a few. Brad loves working with kids; he teaches drama and directs the school plays at John Stanford International and Bryant Elementary, and often plays Spider-Man at birthday parties and city events too. Thank you for supporting the arts!
Benjamin Cournoyer (Snail, Ensemble) is beyond excited to be doing his first show at SSR!! And no less a children' show, which he has always wanted to do!! He has worked all over Western Washington. Some favorite roles include Seymour in Little Shop at Tacoma Little Theatre, Ralph in Reefer Madness at Seattle Musical Theatre, and a Gangster in Drowsey Chaperone at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Hope all you kids and adults too enjoy the show!! Thanks to mom and dad for never missing a show!! Gotta go!! I'm the snail with the mail!!
Arwen Dewey (Mouse/Ensemble) is delighted to be joining SSR for this adventure with her old childhood friends, Frog and Toad. Favorite past roles include The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods (New Muses), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Act One), and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance (STAGEright). When not knee-deep in theater projects, Arwen sings cabaret and works as a French>English translator. Love to A and N. www.arwendewey.com
Sebastian Hulburt (Toad) - Bio not provided.
Sara Trowbridge (Turtle/Ensemble) Bio not provided.
MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Adam Minton (Director) Adam is directing his 5th show here at SecondStory Rep, and is thrilled to be bringing this heartwarming show to life! Earlier in the SSR season he directed and played Man 2 in Songs For A New World. Last season, he directed Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, and Christmas Carol Jr. He was also seen on stage playing Jon in SecondStory's production of tick, tick... BOOM! Other favorite directing credits: Into the Woods; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Schoolhouse Rock Live!; The Music Man; How to Succeed…; and Around the World in 80 Days. BFA, Theatre, Shenandoah Conservatory. Thank you, Squolf, for this incredible opportunity; and love to Kevin, his biggest fan.
Rebecca Fredrickson (Musical Director) is delighted to be working with SecondStory Repertory for the first time! When she isn't musically directing, she is working at Book-It Repertory Theatre as their Literary and Artistic Intern. She's had the opportunity through Book-It to be the dramaturg for two world-premiere adaptations of novels so far: Treasure Island (November-December 2016) and Hemingway's A Moveable Feast (running now through April 2 - don't miss it!). She holds an MA in Shakespeare Studies and loves everything about Reformation-era English drama and theology. Next up: Vocally directing The Little Mermaid at Everett High School and acting as the dramaturg for Book-It's new adaptation of T. Geronimo Johnson's novel Welcome to Braggsville.
Christina Masson Ronquillo (Choreographer) has had the pleasure of choreographing for Adam on "Songs For A New World" and "A Christmas Carol 2015" at SecondStory, and is delighted to work with him again on "A Year With Frog & Toad". She is currently also choreographing for Issaquah Middle School's production of "Seussical Jr". She puts her BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography to work as a performer & stage manager in the Seattle area, having worked at SSR, Seattle Musical Theatre, Leavenworth Summer Theater, and Youth Theatre Northwest. Favorite roles include Ginger in "Zombie Prom", Millie u/s in "Thoroughly Modern Millie", and most recently Snoopy in "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Up next: performing in "Spring Awakening" for SSR's Mainstage series, and performing in "HMS Pinafore" for the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society in July! Love as always to Dan & Cody for putting up with her musical theater obsession.
Andrew Blake (Stage Manager) is proud to be back with SSR for another delightful romp. Previous shows at SSR include How I Became A Pirate (SM), Little Shop of Horrors (ASM), Pinkalicious (SM), and others. Thanks to Mark and Jen for being continuously awesome, and a BIG thanks to his wife Stephanie "for all the little things."
Stephanie Blake (Costume Design) was thrilled at the opportunity to design another show for SSR! Previous SecondStory design credits include The Barbers Wife, Bonnie and Clyde, and A Christmas Cabaret, among others. Thanks to Mark and Jen for being brilliant friends, and thank you to Andrew for putting up with an artist’s insanity for all these years!