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Pequot family musical celebrates enduring friendship

Colorful characters in "A Year with Frog and Toad" include "moles" Mackenzie Pallion-Renford (left) and Kate Davis and "man mole," Ron Wendorf. (Submitted)

PEQUOT LAKES—"A Year with Frog and Toad," a story of friendship and adventure, is an enchanting musical for the whole family presented by Pequot Lakes Community Theatre.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. July 9 in the Pequot Lakes High School Theatre.

The plot follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog played by Michael Sander and the rather grumpy Toad played by Ben Gordon through four, fun-filled seasons. Based on the books by Arnold Lobel the treasured characters leap from page to stage with a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale. This Broadway hit was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The best friends celebrate their differences and uniqueness.

Cast members include:

• Mother Frog, Turtle, Bird 1, Mole played by Kate Davis.

• Squirrel, Mouse, Young Frog, Mole, Bird 2, Mackenzie Papillon-Renford.

• Man Bird, Father Frog, Snail, Scott Ruffing.

• Lizard, Terrible Horrible Frog, Mole, Squirrel, Ron Wendorf.

The show is directed by Nancy Waller; vocal director, Lauren Nickisch; Stephanie White, stage manager; Tim Leagjeld, set designer; Joy Kibwaa, technical director; Lisa Sater, ensemble conductor; Matt Majerie, accompanist; Ruth Gmeinder, costumes; and backstage assistants are Terry Moeller, Lily Bleichner and Anna Fox.

PLCT is part of the nonprofit Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts organization, and this show is sponsored by Essentia Health and made possible by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council. Music Theater International provided special arrangements.

Hardcover copies of the book "A Year with Frog and Toad" will be given away in a drawing at the end of both performance weeks, courtesy of Book World in Baxter.

For tickets call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors age 60 and over and $10 for ages 18 and under.

Go to www.glapa.info for more information.