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King Theatre closes out its season with its annual Dogwood Playhouse production as
part of King College's 86th annual Dogwood Weekend. This year's Dogwood play features
the family-friendly musical A Year with Frog and Toad, book and lyrics by Willie Reale,
music by Robert Reale, based on the books by Arnold Lobel. Younger audiences and the
young at heart will love the heart-warming and toe-tapping adventures of Frog, Toad,
and all their friends.
Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in A Year with
Frog and Toad. The musical remains true to the original stories as it follows two
great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four
fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens.
As the seasons pass, they swim, rake leaves, and go sledding, learning life lessons
along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the
attributes that make each of us different and special.
King Theatre's Dogwood Playhouse seeks to engage and entertain audiences through the
performance of literary works, classic plays, and musicals. A Year with Frog and Toad
is directed by Elizabeth Lee Dollar, chair of the Performing Visual Arts department
and director of the Theatre program at King College.
I have the best memories of reading the Frog and Toad books with my brother when I
was a little girl, and now I am reading the stories to my own kids, commented Dollar.
Having the opportunity to bring Frog and Toad to life on the stage to an even greater
audience is an incredible gift. I hope it encourages more folks to read these awesome
stories and to find creative ways to bring them to life.
The cast for the production features Jenson Lavallee, junior Theatre major, as Frog;
Mykal Miller, senior Theatre major, as Toad; Ian Charles, senior Theatre and English
major, as Snail/Lizard; Stephanie Haun, freshman theatre major, as Lady Bird/Young
Frog; Tyler Kistner, sophomore Music major, as Man Bird/Father Frog; Tinsley Long,
sophomore Theatre major, as Lady Bird/Mother Frog; Sarah Rachel, junior Business major,
as Mouse; and Morgan Williams, senior Theatre major, as Turtle. Set design is by Christopher
Slaughter, associate professor of theatre for King; lighting design by Michael Levi
Tignor, senior Theatre major; and costume design by Adriel Slaughter. Stage managers
are Dee-Anda Hatfield, junior Theatre major, and Trung Phan, sophomore Theatre major.
A Year with Frog and Toad will run at the historic Paramount Center for the Arts.
Dates and times are Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 pm, Friday, April 20 at 8:00 pm, and
Saturday, April 21 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 senior citizens,
$5 for students, and free with King College ID. Tickets are available at the Paramount
Box Office by calling 423.274.8920, or by going to www.etix.com. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dollar at 423.652.4839.