Auditions: A Year With Frog and Toad

Patio Playhouse Plays in the Park: A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD

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Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale
Based on Frog and Toad children’s stories by Arnold Lobel
Produced by Brenda Townsend and Emerson McMurtry
Assistant Producer Brian Keon
Directed by Brent A. Stringfield
Musical Direction by Becky Brooks
Conducted by Emerson McMurtry
Choreography by Jiana Marie Perez
Presented by Permission of Music Theatre International (MTI)

AUDITIONS:
Sunday, June 5, 2022 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Callbacks by Invitation Only Wednesday, June 8, 2022

AUDITION LOCATION:
PATIO PLAYHOUSE
116 S Kalmia St Escondido, CA 92025

Synopsis:

Arnold Lobel’s treasured characters hop from page to stage in a story of friendship and adventure!
A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.
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.
The jazzy, upbeat score of A Year with Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family.

SHOW RUNS: August 19 – September 3, 2022
PERFORMANCES: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8:00PM
REHEARSALS: June 10 – August 18, 2022 (Please come to auditions with details about all potential conflict dates)

This is a non-equity, volunteer position.

To ensure the safety of the production, we are requiring that everyone involved be vaccinated against COVID- 19.

Patio Playhouse encourages diversity and prioritizes safety in their productions. For more info, please read our Policies and Procedures on Diversity, Inclusion, and Consent and our Diversity Statement.

AUDITION INFORMATION:

Please prepare a 60 second song in the style of the show and the role you desire. An accompanist will be provided, an A Capella, performance will not be accepted. Registering for an Audition Slot may be made online.

Callbacks will be by invitation only on June 8, 2022 and will include sides from the scripts, songs from the show, and choreography.

RSVP and sign up for a time slot at: https://forms.gle/ZLSFtiUiKhLx827e9
Please bring a resume and a headshot to your audition.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

All roles are open for all ages, genders, and ethnicities.

FROG: Lead Role – Caring and loyal. Always looking out for his/her/their friends. The calmer, more Zen of both he and Toad. Simultaneously adventurous and assured. Alto – Baritone, high A

TOAD: Lead Role – An industrious worker, but impatient for results. Self-conscious. Stubborn. A good friend to Frog. Never quite assured of self, as Frog. Alto – Baritone, high E

BIRDS: (3-6) Major Supporting Role – A group of performers will portray a family (flock) of Birds. They are humorous, adventurous, and often serve as the narrators to our tale. They must be able to handle a lot of tricky jazz harmonies. Voice strong and of equal quality; must be secure in close-part harmony singing. Tenor (Low F) / Soprano, high F

MICE (1 or 2): Minor Supporting Role – Mouse is one of many neighbors of Frog and Toad and is featured during a song. Will be on stage often as part of the chorus/ensemble. Tenor/Mezzo – Soprano

SNAIL: Featured Support Role – Snail plays the key role of delivery person for a letter from Frog. Fun and delightful character with a break-out moment in the latter half of the show. Lots of personality. Tenor: high G#

TURTLE: Featured Supporting Role – The neighbor busy-body, as it were. Lovable but stirs up “trouble” at the expense of others sometimes. Tenor/Mezzo – Soprano

LIZARD: Minor Supporting Role – Lizard is one of the many neighbors of Frog and Toad and will be on stage often as part of the chorus/ensemble. Tenor – Close Harmony

SQUIRRELS (2): Minor Supporting Roles are members of the neighborhood and will be on stage as part of the chorus/ensemble. Any vocally.

YOUNG FROG: Minor Supporting Role (Will Double for Ensemble/Chorus) Featured in a chilling story Frog shares with Toad. Mezzo-Soprano

FATHER FROG: Minor Supporting Role (Will Double for Ensemble/Chorus) Featured in a chilling story Frog shares with Toad. Tenor – high A

MOTHER FROG: Minor Supporting Role (Will Double for Ensemble/Chorus) Featured in a chilling story Frog shares with Toad. Mezzo-Soprano – high A

LARGE & TERRIBLE FROG: Minor Supporting Role (Non-Singing – Will Double for Ensemble/Chorus) Featured in a chilling story Frog shares with Toad

MOLES (2): Minor Supporting Roles are members of the neighborhood and will be on stage as part of the chorus/ensemble. Mezzo-Soprano

CHORUS/ENSEMBLE: The Production Team ma add additional members to the cast (Fire Flies, Cookies, Moles, Squirrels, etc.) to round out the neighborhood for Friends to Frog & Toad

NOTE: UNDERSTUDIES will be cast for this production. There is no guaranteed understudy performance scheduled. In event of need, a put-in rehearsal will be scheduled if possible.

For additional information or questions, contact Brent Stringfield at albeewoolf@yahoo.com

A Year with Frog and Toad is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). MTI also supplies all authorized performance materials.
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