A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS

From left, Hallie Jo Cambridge, Owen Wade and Canaan Barrow are seen in one of their scenes at a practice session for “A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS” Wednesday morning at Krider Performing Arts Center. There’s a large cast of young people in the play to be presented June 28-29. Older youngsters will present Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” in mid-July.

The Krider Performing Arts Center’s Young Artists Theatre summer production is set for 7 p.m June 28 and 2 p.m. June 29.

Adapted from the three-time Tony-nominated Broadway hit, “A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS” is based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books. The jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody.

The KPAC press release calls it part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm.

“A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS” tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

The show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.

Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. 

Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special.

The KPAC production will feature youngsters ages 5-10, with Katherine Palmer as Frog and Sawyer Noles as Toad.

Others in the cast include Owen Wade as Turtle, Canann Barrow as Lizard and Hallie Jo Cambridge as Mouse. The ensemble is made up of snails, birds, squirrels and moles.

The three snails are Anna Copeland, Olivia Jones and Maverick Smith.

Five birds include Caleb Roaten, Emerson Vick, Emily Jane Stoddard, Nora Beth Copeland, and Jessamyn Romines.

There are also a half-dozen squirrels: Tyler Jordan, Miller McSwain, Simon Coulston. Olive Barnett, Ryder Smith and Bristol Steele.

The seven moles are Waverly Hixon, Brheaden Cuthbertson, Audra Vick, Samantha Smith, Mila Mathison, Palmer Kilpatrick and Sadie Perry. 

Brooke McCord is the lead director, assisted by Zoe Poulliot and Branton East.

Others on the KPAC Young Artists Creative Team are Hannah Boothe, junior stage manager; Abby Webb, junior music director; Olivia Wyatt, junior choreographer; and Anna Hefner, junior costume head.

Rhonda Stanton is the KPAC manager and arts programming director.

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