FYT offers holiday treat with A Year With Frog and Toad

FLINT A Year with Frog and Toad, a musical, is the third production in FYT’s 2012-2013 Signature Series and is on stage through Dec. 23.

A Year with Frog and Toad is a Tonynominated musical with music written by Robert Reale, book and lyrics by Willie Reale and based on the books by Arnold Lobel. It follows the adventures of the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad as they wake from hibernation and discover the wonders of each season.

Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and finally, decorate the tree. They learn 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.

A Year with Frog and Toad performances are Friday, Dec. 7, 14 and 21, Saturday, Dec. 8, 15 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 9, 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m.

An Opening Night Reception will follow the Dec. 7 performance and a conversation with the creative team will follow the Dec. 8, 16 and 21 shows. Performances are at Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 East Kearsley Street, on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center.

Advance tickets for A Year with Frog and Toad are $12 for children, $14 for teens and senior citizens and $16 for adults and are available at Flint Youth Theatre, by calling 810-237-1530 or online at www.flintyouththeatre.org. Day of performance tickets are $14 for children, $16 for teens and senior citizens and $18 for adults.

A Year with Frog and Toad will be directed by Guest Artist, Janet Haley who believes this tale of friendship has staying power. “Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad series of children’s books have been popular for generations now because we see ourselves in these characters, and we learn about the nature of friendship by sharing their stories,” commented Haley. “I’m so pleased to be a part of bringing this award-nominated musical to our friends and our community for the holidays.”

Musical Direction for A Year with Frog and Toad is by Guest Artist, Frank E. Pitts with choreography by Guest Artist, Ashleigh Aaron Tillman.

Lighting design is by Executive Artistic Director, Jeremy Winchester, scenic design is by Production Manager, Donald Robert Fox and costume design is by Guest Artist, Amanda Janke. Other members of the A Year with Frog and Toad production company include: Resident Artists, Deirdre S. Baker, Rodney Creech, Bary Lehr and Jean McDaniel; FYT Guest Artists, Cathleen L. Arnold, Alan Ball, Joshua Clark, Jesse Glenn, Elsa Harchick, Mark Gmazel, Gene Oliver and Char Pierson; Orchestral Guest Artists, Owen Ananich, Laurie Burns, Zac Caldwell, Terry Granger, Christopher Heidenreich, Jerry Johnston, Phillip Mitchell, Jean Pike, Taylor VonBrockdorff, Aaron Weeks, Joe Wright and Frank Yon; University of Michigan-Flint Student Assistants, Brooke Chartrand, Kelsey Knag, Ashley Kok, Maggie Mitchell and Aaron Snider and 12 students.

A Year with Frog and Toad is sponsored by the Agnes M. Bower Charitable Trust. Flint Youth Theatre’s 2012-2013 Signature Series is sponsored by Health Alliance Plan. FYT’s Building Bridges Community Partner is Genesee County Parks. The Building Bridges Community Partner Program is made possible in part by the Ruth Mott Foundation.

FYT and its 2012-2013 Signature Series sponsor, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan, are teaming up for HAP’s Annual Boot Drive. Audiences attending A Year with Frog and Toad, through Dec. 23, are encouraged to donate new, warm boots in kid’s sizes. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted. Gift cards for local retail stores and cash donations, with checks made payable to “Priority Children,” (notation: Boots for Children), will allow HAP to purchase boots for homeless children in Genesee, Bay, Lapeer, Saginaw and St. Clair counties.

Details: Call 810-230-7404 or amoliter@hap.org. G.G.

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