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6419- Malone University Theatre to stage delightful family musical – A Year with Frog and Toad

6419-September 28, 2012

frog and toad

Malone University Theatre will present the delightful musical for the entire family – A Year with Frog and Toad – November 7 through 10 and 14 through 17 at 7 p.m. in the performing arts hall of Founders Hall. The play includes music by Robert Reale, book and lyrics by Willie Reale, and is based on the classic children's books by Arnold Lobel. Serving as guest director is Emily Hisey, a 2007 graduate of Malone University.  Tickets are $10 for all performances; $3 for Malone University students with a valid identification. For tickets, contact the University box office at 330-471-8202.

From Guide to Musical Theatre:

Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale's musical A Year with Frog and Toad. Conceived by Mr. Lobel's daughter, Adrianne Lobel, A Year with Frog and Toad remains true to the spirit of the original stories as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledgeing, learning life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special. A score that bubbles with melody and wit, its jazzy upbeat sound is a perfect match for the hopping, crawling and flying denizens that inhabit Frog and Toad's world.  A new show, destined to become a classic, A Year with Frog and Toad is inventive, exuberant and totally enchanting.

Malone University cast:

  • Frog: Trisha Landis, a senior early childhood major from Sterling
  • Toad: Zach Hawbacker, a junior social work major from Hancock, Md.
  • Bird and Mother Frog: Emily Brooks, a freshman early childhood education major from Bainbridge
  • Bird and Young Frog: Michelle Trask, a sophomore early childhood major from Chardon
  • Bird and Mouse: Rebecca Hoffmeyer, a senior biology major from Canton
  • Snail and Squirrel: Hannah Morgan, a sophomore art major from Rootstown
  • Turtle and Mole: Marie Davison, a sophomore visual arts education major from Cortland
  • Lizard and Mole: Courtni Coots, a freshman communication arts major from Canton
  • Father Frog and Squirrel: Jon DeMattia, a senior youth/educational ministries major from Novelty

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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