By Jason A. Smith
The performance talents of
some of Henry County’s younger actors will be on display this week,
as they explore the bonds of companionship in a well-known
children’s tale staged in McDonough.
A Year With Frog and Toad
will be presented by the Henry Players July 26 through 28 at
the Henry County Performing Arts Center.
The Henry Players will
present “A Year With Frog and Toad” Thursday through Saturday at
7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., at the Henry County Performing
Arts Center, 37 Lemon St.
Tickets are $12 for adults,
and $10 for children and seniors.
The play is a musical
adaptation of a children’s story by Arnold Lobel. It showcases music
by Robert Reale and lyrics by Willie Reale, said Assistant Director
“It’s a book series that they
took and wrote into a musical,” she said. “It’s a year in the life
of these two friends, and it’s about friendship. They do everything
from baking cookies to going sledding. Each story has its own
conflict and resolution. Every single theme is a lesson in true
The production marks this
season’s annual children’s show for the Players. Battles is working
alongside veteran Players performer Jasmine Hughey, who is directing
Battles said the majority of
the 23-member cast are teenagers and younger kids, and that the
production gave them a chance hone their performing skills, and to
gain confidence in their abilities.
“Just watching them develop
their characters has been my favorite part,” she said. “It was
creating a space where kids learn to perform and love theater. The
other part of it is, it’s just a really fun, delightful show,
especially in a time that we have to be careful what we subject our
kids to, and subject ourselves to.”
Performers in the show will
tackle unconventional roles including a mouse, a turtle, squirrels
and other animals that will be brought to life on stage. Battles
credited costumer Brenda Patterson with employing a 1920s theme for
the actors in the play.
Battles said she has a
two-fold hope for audiences who come to see the show.
“I hope that they come away
having had a really good time, but they also come away appreciating
the friends that they have in their lives,” she said.
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