Dear Parents and Friends,
Welcome! Today marked the end of our WFT 2010 Summer Youth Intensive, but tonight marks the beginning of A Year with Frog and Toad. We invite you to enjoy this journey as our characters learn how to navigate ponds, hills, baking, and most of all, friendship.
This piece is dear to my heart. Not only have I worked on the full-length production of A Year with Frog and Toad – twice! – but these books were also a huge part of my childhood library and now, a part of my children’s library. Arnold Lobel has created for us a world where amphibians, birds, and other creatures teach us how to take risks, enjoy life, and the true meaning of friendship – much like the world we try to create each day at WFT.
There are many people to thank for the creation of this evening’s production. Sue Kosoff, Jane Staab and John Bay for their leadership. Kay Elliot and Charles Baldwin for their incredible support. Brian Masters for his technical capabilities and Marge Lusignan for her magnificent costumes and props. Thank you to all the teachers at WFT this summer for their friendship and support and to my husband and kids for their patience.
A special thank you to Sophie Rich, our assistant who has really come into her own as a teacher this summer. We could not have accomplished this without your skill, talent, and enthusiasm. And of course, to my partner-in-crime, John O’Neil. John has been a staple in this program for three years now and has kindly and patiently showed me the ropes this summer. John is a magnificent teacher and musical director and I am lucky to have had the honor to work with him.
Finally, thanks to you, the parents, family, and friends who have come to support our wonderful cast this evening. We could not be prouder of these students than if they were our own children.
Enjoy the show!
Director and Choreographer