The Theatre Company of Saugus is proud to present A Year With Frog and Toad, the clever, Tony-Award-nominated musical comedy that is tailored for the whole family. The show centers on the friendship of Frog and Toad, two Odd Couple-like personalities, and follows their story over a year. The the story starts with Spring, as the birds wake up Frog and Toad, and ends after Christmas, when Frog and Toad return to hibernation, only to be awoken when Spring returns again..
The Broadway musical, which was nominated for the Best Musical Tony Award in 2003, is based on the Frog and Toad children’s stories of Arnold Lobel, published between 1970 and 1979. The clever songs include “Spring”, “Seeds”, “The Letter”, “Getta Loada Toad”, “Alone”, “Cookies”, “The Kite”, “He’ll Never Know”, “Shivers”, “Down The Hill”, “I’m Coming Out of My Shell”, “Toad To The Rescue”, “Merry Almost Christmas”, and the title song “A Year With Frog and Toad”. The Company promises that if you loved Lobel’s stories when you read them as children, or to your children, you will be equally charmed by the musical, which adds an interesting, jazz-influenced, score to Lobel’s elegant stories of friendship.
The talented cast consists mostly of veterans of many Theatre Company of Saugus shows. Frog is played by Stephen Russo. His friend Toad is played by Matthew Huffman. The Ensemble portrays a number of animal characters inhabiting the neighborhood, such as Birds, Snail, Mouse, Turtle, Lizard, Squirrels, and Moles. The Ensemble includes Amanda Allen, Patrick Harris, and Kathleen Tringale.
A young, energetic, and accomplished artistic staff will helm A Year With Frog and Toad.. The Director is Tre’von Griffith, a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The Music Director is Suzanne Jalbert, a new graduate of at the New England Conservatory of Music. The Choreographer is Thea Wigglesworth, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. The Stage Manager is Lynn resident Jess Stockton. The producer is Cambridge resident Nicholas Meunier.
Performances of A Year With Frog and Toad will be on two weekends, April 26-27-28 and May 3-4-5, 2013. On Friday and Saturday evenings, performances start at 7:30 PM, and on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM. The location is the East Saugus United Methodist Church, at 85 Chestnut Street in Saugus, Massachusetts 01906. (Please see our Directions page.) Tickets are $15 for adults, seniors, and students. Tickets are only $12 for children up to age 12. For large groups of ten or more, tickets are only $10 each. For ticket purchases, please see our Tickets page.
Some more info about the artistic staff for A Year With Frog and Toad:
Tre’von Griffith (Director) is a native of Saint Louis, MO. He is now a student of the prestigious Berklee College of Music studying Music Business. He began singing at age four and has now recorded his first studio album, Phases of Love. Tre’von has performed in many productions at the Saint Louis Black Repertory Theatre and Stages St. Louis, which performs live all over the city. Tre’von wrote an opera titled “Dred Scott: Freedom Will Come Someday,” which was performed at the Old Courthouse in Downtown St. Louis. Because of his love for directing, he has had the honor of directing many shows such as TLT’s Karmatic, and Voices, WMB’s Twisted the Musical and Berklee’s Movie Musical Revue.
Suzanne Jalbert (Music Director) is a senior student at the New England Conservatory of Music and an accomplished pianist, vocalist, and conductor. At the Conservatory she studies both vocal performance and conducting and she has significant experience conducting her peers in both choir and musical theater arrangements. She also teaches piano and choir privately.
Thea Wigglesworth (Choreographer) has worked in the theater world in Kentucky and Chicago for the last two years before returning to Massachusetts where her directing and choreography career began at Mount Holyoke College. Her directorial work was last seen in Wakefield Repertory Theatre’s Nunsense. Favorite directing credits include The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Urinetown, and Mother Courage and Her Children. Favorite choreography credits include, Urinetown, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Nick Meunier (Producer) has appeared in many TCS shows and is currently serving on the board as Vice President. He directed TCS’ August 2012 outdoor production of Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Jess Stockton (Stage Manager) is also on the board. She directed our recent production of The Good Doctor by Neil Simon.
If you are interested in helping out at the show, either back stage or front of house, please contact us.