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Julian Wiles, Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

March 26, 2008

From 40 to 5

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 7:14 pm

The morning after Fiddler on the Roof closed I started rehearsal for A Year With Frog and Toad. Frog and Toad has just 2 public performances April 11th and 12th. No cast of 40 just the 5 Resident Actors, no 35 piece symphony orchestra, just Wendell on piano and I am having a ball! It is one of the great things about my job, it is certainly never boring.A Year With Frog and Toad is a musical based on the popular children’s books by Arnold Lobel. I read them as a child and read them to both my daughters. They are deceptively simple tales that really stay with you. The score is just amazing, it has been a favorite around the business office since we first started listening to it last season. If you call for tickets you may overhear the box office staff singing “Getta Loada Toad” at least that is what I caught them singing yesterday.This will be Autumn, Nicole, Charlie, Sam and Patrick’s last show with Charleston Stage, at least for a while. Our Resident Actors stay with us 10 months. This makes it particularly special to work together on this show. They have grown so much this season, as performers and as educators. We are really enjoying this rehearsal process. It really is a fitting end to the season, a beautiful story of friendship, great music and an ensemble working together to bring a show from Broadway to the children and families of Charleston. Tickets are on sale now, but in the meantime……read the book.

See you at the theatre,

Marybeth Clark Director, A Year With Frog and Toad 

 frogandtoadbog1.jpgPatrick Tierny as Frog and Charlie Retzlaff as Toad.

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