BPCC announces theatre performance dates for ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’

Jesse Kortus as Frog, left, and Shaquille Jefferson as Toad, right, share a drink during the performance of the Bossier Parish Community College’s Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players Broadway musical fantasy, “A Year with Frog and Toad.”

Things are about to get “hopping” at BPCC theatre.

Bossier Parish Community College’s Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announced the cast, crew and performances of the Broadway musical fantasy, “A Year with Frog and Toad.”

Adapted from the books and stories of Arnold Lobel, with book and lyrics by Willie Reale and music by Robert Reale, performances are set for 7:30 p.m. October 16-18 and 23-25, and 2 p.m. October 19 and 26 at BPCC’s Performing Arts Theater (Building C), 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts, will direct this whimsical Tony award-winning musical which follows Lobel’s delightful characters—the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad—as they journey through four, fun-filled seasons. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special.

“The characters of Frog, Toad, Snail, and the rest are very much real characters in real situations—despite being small animals with human responses to a magical world,” says Crawford. “Although the books were originally written with young people in mind, the appeal of the musical is to all ages. Adults will be equally amused and entertained by Frog and Toad’s journey through an exciting year of adventures.”

The cast includes Jesse Kortus as Frog and Shaquille Jefferson as Toad.  The rest of the forest creatures are played by Luke Digilormo, Alanna Seidelman, Tova Volcheck, Madeline Hiers, Lari Leber, Jay Allen, Hannah Morris, Ashanti Colonel, Peyton Curry, Connor Snow, Hannah Monette, Katie Gooden, and Jonathan Rambin.

In addition to Dr. Crawford’s direction of the production and music, Laura M. Nugent is choreographer, Jonathon Offutt is scenic and props designer, Rona Leber is costume designer, Keith Bruce is light designer, and David White is technical director. Cody Allums will stage manage with Jarious Courtney as assistant stage manager. Lauren Rogers is music operator and Austin Jennings is sound operator.

According to Music Theatre International, the show is “part vaudeville, part make believe, and all charm, with a jazzy, upbeat musical score. A Year with Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the entire family.”

Tickets are $15, and reservations may be made by calling 318-678-6021, emailing theatre@bpcc.edu, or visiting http://bpcc.edu/performingarts/index.html. Season ticket memberships are also available through the run of this show for $50. Season tickets include two tickets to all four BPCC mainstage shows. The 2014-15 BPCC Theatre Season is sponsored by Aneca Federal Credit Union.