by Willie Reale and Robert Reale
KIDS! Here's a coloring page to color and bring to the theatre! Meet the cast after the show then head next door to A.C. Petersen's for ice cream!
This whimsical show follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad Kids tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.
"…Good songs, good comedy, and plenty of heart" -- Talkin' Broadway
ArtistsCORRADO ALICATA (Man Bird/Snail) Playhouse on Park: The Bellhop (LEND ME A TENOR). The Essex Steam Train: Chef Jolly (THE NORTH POLE EXPRESS); Post Playhouse: Buffalo Bill (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN), Feldzieg (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE); Spirit of Broadway Theatre: Hunter ([TITLE OF SHOW]), Sheriff Green (DESPERATE MEASURES), Uncle Henrik (NUMBER OF STARS), David (THE BOY IN THE BATHROOM). Thanks to Kevin, Lily, the cast, crew, and everyone from Playhouse on Park.
SAMANTHA A. MATTHEWS (Woman 1) is making her Playhouse on Park debut! Off-Broadway at The Players Theatre: Beauty (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST); Belle/Mrs. Cratchit (A CHRISTMAS CAROL); Lady Van Tassel (HOLLOW). Regional: Cathy (THE LAST FIVE YEARS); Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre (THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE). Samantha is a Connecticut native, but currently lives in NYC. She is an Ithaca College and CAP21 graduate and would like to thank her friends and family for their never ending support. www.SamanthaAMatthews.com
PEEJ MELE (Frog) could not be happier to be joining Toad and the whole gang this spring! Previous credits include: Off-Broadway: Peter Pinkerton (PINKALICIOUS! THE MUSICAL); Moose A. Moose and the infamous thief, Swiper (Nick Jr.'s STORYTIME LIVE!) Other favorites: Scarecrow (THE WIZARD OF OZ), Austin (I LOVE YOU BECAUSE), and a season of touring fairy tale theater with New Hampshire's Papermill Theatre. A proud graduate of Gettysburg College, Peej also spends his days working on his Japanese language skills and light home improvement projects. Enormous thanks to PBJ&L for their perpetual support.
MARK G. MERRITT (Toad) Mark is thrilled to make his Playhouse on Park Debut in Frog and Toad. He hales from Atlanta Georgia and went to school in Portland Oregon. Some credits include: Jerry (THE FULL MONTY); Man (I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE); Theseus and then later Lysander (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM). He would like to thank his wife and dog for always putting up with him and his family for always being there for him.
VICTORIA MOONEY (Woman 2) Playhouse On Park: I'D RATHER BE DANCING; Tobi (THE MAIN STREET KIDS' CLUB); Mouse (GOODNIGHT MOON); Green Dog (GO, DOG, GO), Mama D's Outrageous Romps. Downtown Cabaret: Vixen (RUDOLPH & THE REINDEER GAMES). Hartford Children's Theatre: Tracy (HAIRSPRAY); Title Role (PINKALICIOUS!); Shulie (SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK). Warner Theatre: Humpty (SHREK THE MUSICAL). Victoria currently teaches at Hartford Stage Education & is also a regular performer at PoP's Main Stage Mondays. Originally from Hilton Head, SC; she performed in over 25 productions through school, regional, & community theatres. Other favorites include: Annie (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN), Portia (CINDERELLA); Gertrude (SEUSSICAL).
KEVIN BARLOWSKI (Director and Music Director) At Playhouse on Park, Kevin has had the distinct privilege of directing: THE MAIN STREET KIDS CLUB; MISS NELSON IS MISSING; BUNNICULA; Music Directing: ALL I REALLY...KINDERGARTEN; Performer: Bobby/Emcee u/s (CABARET); MC (THE CLOWNS); Emcee (MAMA D's OUTRAGEOUS ROMP); Man 2 (SWINGING ON A STAR); Peter (COMPANY); Linus (YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN); Professor (I THINK I CAN!); Boy (IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE); Leaf Coneybear in the upcoming production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. He is a graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School's Musical Theatre Program in New York City and holds a B.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Kevin is a Theatre Arts Instructor at Hall High School in West Hartford and a core faculty member at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts where he teaches in the Theatre and Musical Theatre departments. He also works as an accompanist, music director and vocal coach throughout CT, MA and NY. Kevin is expressly grateful to Darlene, Sean and the entire POP staff for the unfaltering guidance, support and faith in affording him these opportunities. Love to Mono.
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