Photo by Kennedy S
DHS presents A Year With Frog And Toad
March 24, 2010
The Dexter Drama Club, is putting up a theatre production April 22-25, A Year With Frog and Toad. The show will be at the Copeland Auditorium and will run for one weekend.

Auditions took place Tuesday, March 3, 2010. The cast list went up Tuesday, March 9, 2010. This unique show is casting not only high schoolers' but Mill Creek students as well. This intertwining with the two schools first came about last year during the show, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. “I think the success of our joint high-school and middle-school casts for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown last spring definitely prompted a new tradition for the Drama Club. And A Year With Frog and Toad was the next in a line of shows the drama club would like to do with Mill Creek students,” said Ruby G, who plays Toad and is also the president of the DHS Drama Club.

Julie Bassett will be the vocal director and Erin Palmer will be the head director. Since this show is based off of the children's book series, the hope is to entertain children. Erin Palmer, director of  A Year With Frog and Toad says, “Elementary students are certainly part of our target audience because we want another generation of students to be exposed to this classic children's book series."

In this show the goal is to have all the actors mimic the ways of actual animals. Erin Palmer states, "The actors are using their animal as inspiration.  We will use the animal's natural coloring in the costume design. Also we will be using a rehearsal technique called animal work to prepare for the show." The story follows Frog and Toad and other characters through a full year. The set will look like a bog.

The show was picked because of the vocal and acting challenge. A Year With Frog and Toad is very high energy and something that the Drama Club has never even done before, which is animal acting. Another unique aspect of the show is that there will be art from K-12 Dexter students on display.
The show will be put on with the directors, cast members, and running crews. The show will go up on April 22 through the 25. Ruby G says, “This show is something that the drama club has never attempted before but it promises to be just as entertaining as previous shows and bring to life the hopping, crawling, and slithering woodland creatures on stage.”