A Year with Frog and Toad
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
Directed by Thomas Fitzpatrick
Produced by Katy Skyrud and Jennie Gray Connard
Musical Direction by Michael Farley
Choreography by Jennie Gray Connard
Audition Date/Time: By appointment.
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 6:30-9:30pm
Monday, April 13, 2015, 6:30-9:30pm
Callbacks: By invitation
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 6:30-9:30pm
June 18 – July 12, 2015 (No show July 4th)
Thursday – Saturday at 7pm, Sundays at 2pm
To Reserve Your Audition Time:
E-mail Tomtonyfitz@aol.com with your name and telephone number and picture/resume (if available) attached or call Thomas Fitzpatrick (director) at (619) 895-6368. Please put “FROG” in subject when E-mailing. Appointments will be scheduled in five-minute increments.
Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado 92118. Directions can be found on the website: http://www.coronadoplayhouse.com
• For all roles: Prepare a one minute song that best shows your vocal range. Traditional musical comedy preferred. Bring sheet music in correct key or CD/tape. An accompanist will be provided. If you choose to use a CD/tape, please have it CUED. Please no a cappella.
• Bring a photo/headshot and resume (if available).
• Bring your calendar through July 12, 2015; all conflicts will be required to be listed on audition form. Rehearsals will begin late April.
• Non-Equity production.
Play description: Arnold Lobel’s treasured characters hop from page to stage in a story of friendship and adventure in this Tony-nominated Broadway musical hit. This whimsical show follows the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm. The jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family.
Cast List and Breakdown:
FROG – (Lead) This role has been pre-cast.
TOAD – (Lead) Male, age range 20-55, All Ethnicities – The complete opposite of Frog. He is a grumpy sort of character, anxious, neurotic, and a tad awkward, but with a very big heart; meaty comic lead role with a lot of singing. Voice: character voice, but pleasant; mid-range but also needs to be comfortable with high E. Must be a very strong actor, singer, and dancer.
BIRDS – 3 to 6 (Major – Support Ensemble) Males or Females, age range 10-55, All Ethnicities – These birds act as the narrators throughout the show. They illustrate, through song, the passage of the 4 seasons. The Birds must be very skilled singers. 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
SNAIL – (Major Support) Male or Female, age range 10-55, All Ethnicities -
The Snail sings one of the shows biggest numbers “I’m Coming Out of my Shell”. A timid wallflower who undergoes a surprising transformation. Very high energy, requiring stylized movement and inventive comic ideas; must be capable of transforming from a shy, withdrawn, nervous character to big and brassy. Must be a strong singer. Voice: rich, bluesey, show-stopping middle but with a high G#.
TURTLE* – (Minor Support) Male or Female, age range 10-55, All Ethnicities – Vain, bossy, sarcastic, and a bit of an instigator; very jazzy; dancing a must, plays several other characters throughout the show; versatile comic role. Voice: mid-range, close harmony.
MICE* – 1 or 2 (Minor Support) Male or Female, age range 10-55, All Ethnicities – The Mice are Turtle’s best friends. Plucky, inquisitive; dancing a must; may play other characters throughout the show; versatile comic role. Voice: high-range, close harmony.
LIZARD* – (Minor Support) Male, age range 25-55, All Ethnicities – Lizard is an easygoing “surfer dude”. He pals around with Turtle and Mice. Laid back, amiable; dancing a must; plays other characters throughout the show; versatile comic role. Voice: Tenor, close harmony.
MOLES* – (Minor Support) Male or female, age range 10-55, All Ethnicities - The Moles have a cute bit in the Winter section of the show. Must be good singers.
YOUNG FROG* – (Cameo Role) – Male, age range youth or small teen/adult –Plays Frog as a child in a Halloween flashback
FATHER FROG* – (Cameo Role) Male, age range 25-55 – He is also in the Halloween Flashback. He is really overdramatic in the number SHIVERS! Very good comedy a must! Voice: high A
MOTHER FROG* – (Cameo Role) Female, age range 25-55 – She is also in the Halloween Flashback. She is really overdramatic in the number SHIVERS! Very good comedy a must! Voice: high range (A)
LARGE AND TERRIBLE FROG* – (Cameo Role) Male, age range 25-55 – A very BIG AND SCARY character. He is in the Halloween Flashback number SHIVERS! Voice: character
SQUIRRELS* – (Cameo Roles) Male or female, age range 10-55, All Ethnicities - Mischievous, fast and playful.
* These characters may play muliple roles.
Note that all roles are very stylized. Looking for actors who are able to play outside of the box and not be afraid of the outrageous. Age ranges listed are a suggestion.