A Year with Frog and Toad Introduces Young Audiences to Theater

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, January 8, 2020 – Trike Theatre returns to Walton Arts Center with eight performances of the Arnold Lobel classic, A Year with Frog and Toad, Jan. 25 to Feb. 8.

Tickets are $14 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

Whether they are planting gardens, swimming, raking leaves, going sledding or learning life lessons along the way, these two best friends are happy the whole year round. Based on the Tony®-nominated best musical – the groundbreaking production that brought children’s theater to Broadway – A Year with Frog and Toad is filled with original hummable tunes and a story line that teaches children the value of friendship.

The endearing tale about two friends is brought to life by a predominately local cast and creative team. Six of the seven actors and nine of the creative team members are from Northwest Arkansas.

Local Cast:

  • Toad: Bryce Kemph – Fayetteville
  • Frog: Antonio Romero – El Paso, Texas
  • Bird, Turtle, Squirrel, Mother Frog, Mole: Elizabeth (Betsy) Jilka – Springdale
  • Bird, Mouse, Squirrel, Mole, Father Frog: Kylie Groom and Bernice Hembree – Fayetteville
  • Bird, Snail, Lizard, Young Frog, Mole: Mollie Armour – Rogers
  • Pianist: Matt Nelson – Bentonville

Creative Team:

  • Director: Kassie Misiewicz – Bentonville
  • Stage Manager: Celeste Richard – Chicago
  • Choreographer: Jaddy Ciucci – Rogers
  • Set Designer: Kimberly Powers – Fayetteville
  • Costume Designer: Samanthe Burrow – Fayetteville
  • Props Master: Amber Brown - Bentonville
  • ATD Master Electrician and Lighting Designer: Laura Happel – Bentonville
  • ATD Master Carpenter: Brandtly Wheeler – Bentonville
  • Head of Production: Shannon Miller – Bentonville
  • Musical Director: Bernice Hembree – Fayetteville

Show Dates:

  • Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 and 4 pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 am, 2 and 4 pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10 am, 2 and 4 pm

Best for ages 4+

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

Trike Theatre is Northwest Arkansas’ only Professional Theatre for Young Audiences, located in Bentonville, AR, where young artists and their families SEE, LEARN and DO Theatre. Trike Theatre’s mission is to Cultivate Creativity, Build Character and Strengthen Communities so that the lives of young people can be transformed by exceptional theatre experiences through our Productions, Academy and Outreach programming. Trike Theatre proudly focuses its service on Northwest Arkansas but has a growing reach throughout the state, region and United States. To learn more about ways to enroll, purchase tickets or donate, please visit triketheatre.org 

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