The Cumberland Theatre will continue its Stars of Tomorrow youth performer program this year with the musical A Year With Frog And Toad. The program was created in 2019 and is intended to feature actors ages 5 – 20 years old, giving them a chance to produce a full-length musical in a professional setting. The program was dark for 2020; however, the scheduled production of Cats (which had to be cancelled due to COVID-19) is being rescheduled for spring of 2022.
“For the safety of our young actors and audiences, as well as financial reasons, we felt that a smaller cast show was a better way to bring our Stars of Tomorrow program back,” said a theatre spokesperson. “Next year, we will be in a better position to bring a larger show like Cats to the stage. We hope to that our patrons bring their families and enjoy ‘Frog and Toad’ and look forward to putting on a good show!” The Stars of Tomorrow program was created with assistance from the Halmos Fund of the Community Trust Foundation. The theatre received a grant this spring to help continue the program in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Year With Frog And Toad is based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved children’s books following 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 the differences that make them unique and special.
The show features the talents of Connor McCabe as Frog and Brendon McCabe as Toad. Also starring in the show is Trevor McCabe, Oliver Nau, Alice Wecker, Lexus Middleton, Emma Class and Caleb Friend. The show is under the direction of Chris McCabe with costume design by Jennifer Clark, set design by Brendon McCabe and lighting design by Xander Mulder.
Performances are June 17th, 18th, and 19th at 7:00 pm and June 19th and 20th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available online and group pricing is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masks are required inside the theatre and lobby area.