A Year with Frog and Toad
By Robert Reale (music) Willie Reale (book and lyrics). Based on the books by Arnold Lobel.FIND TICKETS
December 21, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Literature’s favorite amphibians jump from the page to the stage in a return engagement of Cardinal’s most beloved production ever! Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, A Year with Frog and Toad is a whimsical show that follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four, fun-filled seasons. Celebrate the holidays with this heartwarming and adorable show, perfect for the whole family.
“Universally appealing and magically realized” – Herald-Times
IMPORTANT Health and Safety Policies: All patrons 12 years old and older are required to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative covid test. This is NOT required for children under the age of 12. Seating will be socially distanced to provide space between each party. Masks will be required for all patrons when in the theater. Additionally, the lobby will not be open until 30 minutes before the show to limit crowds. For more details on our audience health and safety protocols, click here.
Premium tickets on sale now! For A Year with Frog and Toad, we are offering premium seating, located in the Center Orchestra Section and Balcony Box Seats of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Purchase your tickets at a fixed price (Adult: $36, Youth: $24, Child: $18) to guarantee the best seats in the house! Tickets for all other sections can be purchased on a Play What You Will basis starting November 15. Please Note: Box seats are reserved for larger groups and must be reserved over the phone. Subscribers can purchase a Family Holiday Musical Add-On to book tickets at any time.
Stephan JoQuan Wilson (Frog, he/him) is an Atlanta based actor who is a proud product of his hometown Flint, MI. He holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Central Michigan University, Fire Up Chips! Some college credits include: The Whipping Man (Simon), Spring Awakening (Moritz), Pippin (Leading Player), A Chorus Line (Ritchie), Oklahoma! (Cord Elam), Hair (Steve), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney). Professional credits include: Three Little Birds (Ziggy), Polkadots:the cool kids musical (Sky Square), Godspell (All Good Gifts), Elf: the musical (Matthews), Nevermore (Inspector Grimke), Footloose (Cowboy Bob/Bickle) He is grateful for the love and support from his family and friends, which has inspired him to follow his dreams.
Connor Starks (Toad, he/him) is thrilled to be back at the Buskirk— and playing one of his childhood heroes, no less! A bona fide “townie,” you may have heard him last spring in Cardinal’s audio drama John Watson, PhD (Sherman) or seen him in productions like West Side Story (Baby John), Oliver! (“The Artful Dodger”), and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Eugene M. Jerome). A recent graduate of Indiana University, you may also know him from The Servant of Two Masters (Silvio), Titus Andronicus (Quintus), Machinal (Boy/Bailiff), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Ted). Independent credits include Waiting for Godot (Lucky) and A Trip to Fiji (The Tourist).
Kabir Gandhi (Ensemble/Snail, he/him) is elated to be making his Cardinal Stage debut! He is a Junior at Indiana University pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre and minor in Business. For Okoboji Summer Theatre: Urinetown (Bobby), Grease (Teen Angel/Johnny Casino), and Clue: On Stage (Motorist / Male U/S). For IU Theatre: Threepenny Opera (Robert), Little Women (John Brooke), Crazy For You (Jimmy/Ensemble), and Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin Trouillefou). He is extremely grateful for the support from his family and friends – he would not be where he is today without all the rocks in his life. @kabir.gandhi
Sydney Greene (Ensemble, she/her) is a third year in the Indiana University BFA Musical Theatre program with a minor in Arts Management. For IU University Players: Murder Ballad (Narrator), Bright Star (Ensemble/Stanford/Alice U/S), Shout (Orange Girl). Other credits: Into The Woods (Rapunzel), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Bring It On (Skylar). Creative experience: Footloose (Choreographer), The Three Penny Opera (Assistant Choreographer), Closer Than Ever (Assistant Choreographer/Director). She also serves on the University Players board as the Co-Social and Membership Director. Sydney is from Carmel, IN.
Maggie Lynn Held (Ensemble, she/her) is beyond happy to be back on stage with Cardinal. She was last seen in the Swing into Spring cabaret. Maggie performed at Opryland USA and Busch Gardens Tampa. She was a company actor with Stages Children’s Theatre Touring Company, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and headlined on a Mediterranean cruise line. While in NY, Maggie starred in the first regional production of Songs for A New World and recorded National and Regional Voice Over spots. Favorite roles include Truvy in Steel Magnolias and Anita in West Side Story. This winter Maggie will be attending Denver Ad School.
Catherine Barker (Ensemble Understudy, she/her) is currently a junior at Indiana University majoring in Musical Theatre. For IU Theatre: The Threepenny Opera (Celia Peachum), The Black and Brown Guerillas (Maria), Bonnets (Daniel Stone), Crazy For You (Ensemble). For IU Independent Projects: Tick Tick… Boom! (Karessa), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ensemble). For Cardinal Stage Company: West Side Story (Graziella), Peter Pan (Ensemble).
Jacob Jackson (Ensemble/Snail Understudy, he/him) is a Sophomore at Indiana University pursuing a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. He was most recently seen “offstage” as the male swing for The Threepenny Opera at IU. Jacob is very excited to be making his debut at Cardinal Stage! For IUST: Closer Than Ever (Man 1). For University Players: Bright Star: Concert Version (Billy Cane). Other notable shows: Forever Plaid (Sparky), Something Rotten! (Tom/Dance Captain), Zombie Prom (Jonny Warner), Wizard of Oz (Tinman), Grease (Kenickie). Jacob is from Overland Park, Kansas.
Devin May (Frog/Toad Understudy, he/him) returns to Cardinal Stage after last appearing in Robin Hood (2018). A proud Bloomington native and IU alum, Devin has 70+ credits as an actor, director, musician, and educator, in Indiana, Kentucky, Chicago, Boston, and D.C. His post-shutdown return to live theatre came while understudying for Monroe County Civic Theatre’s All’s Well That Ends Well, where he stepped in to play a couth Countess on opening night. Devin spent the 2019-20 school year as a teaching artist with the KY Shakespeare Festival, performing in schools across Kentucky and working with learners of all ages and skill levels.
Kate Galvin (Director, she/her) is happy to be spending the holidays back at the BCT and with this wonderful team! Kate is the Artistic Director of Cardinal Stage and her work has been seen in recent productions of Ordinary Days, Newsies, The Great Gatsby, The Glass Menagerie, The Christians and Fun Home. A Philadelphia native, Kate is Barrymore Award-winning director of both musicals and plays, and has a passion for new musical development. Regional directing credits include 11th Hour Theater, Fulton Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, Portland Stage, Walnut Street Theatre and others. In addition to her work at Cardinal, Kate is a proud board member at the National Alliance for Musical Theater. www.kategalvin.com
Lauren Haughton Gillis (Choreographer, she/her) recently finished an Observership assisting Graciela Daniele on The Gardens of Anuncia at The Old Globe in San Diego, CA. Directing & choreography credits include: Fly at the La Jolla Playhouse (Fellowship), PDA for the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival (Associate Director), She Loves Me at San Diego Musical Theatre (Choreographer), Godspell at Festival 56 (Director/Choreographer), The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On at Okoboji Summer Theatre (Director/Choreographer), Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Diversionary Theatre (Assistant Director). Lauren is currently an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Indiana University. Many thanks to Kate Galvin! Love to Schmoop.
Brandon Magid (Music Director, he/him) is a music educator, music director, and vocal coach and holds a Master of Science in Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago. Credits include Broadway: Godspell; Off-Broadway: City Center Encores!, York Theater; Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Barrington Stage, and Goodspeed Musicals. He has also worked as an accompanist/coach for New York University, Northwestern University, Broadway Dance Center and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education at Indiana University. www.brandonamagid.com
Lori Garraghty (Stage Manager, she/her) is a local, freelance stage manager. Most recently, she stage managed Newsies, Beauty & the Beast, Oliver!, Mary Poppins, and Shrek the Musical (Cardinal); the Fall & Spring Ballets (Jacobs School of Music) and Potpourri (AAAI). In the past, Lori enjoyed stage managing Les Miserables, Willy Wonka, Lord of the Flies, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Big River, Little Shop of Horrors, and Treasure Island (Cardinal); Accidental Rapture and Heat (BPP); and Collected Stories (JTB). Ms. Garraghty earned her MPA from IU. She works at IU O’Neill. Love and thanks to Preston.
Brandon Kirkham (Scenic Designer, he/him) is a Scenic and Costume Designer and builder, with a focus on puppets, costume crafts, and specialty props. He received his MFA in Theatre Design from Ohio University, bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. Now based in Nashville, IN, Brandon spends his summers in New Mexico, where he leads the costume crafts shop at Santa Fe Opera.
His designs and work have been seen at First Stage, Santa Fe Opera, Florentine Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kohl’s Wild Theater, Enchantment Theatre Company, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Utah Museum of Natural History, Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Anderson University, University of Northern Kentucky, and others. www.brandonkirkhamdesigns.com
Brittany Kugler (Costume Designer, she/her) is a costume designer/stitcher and social practice artist based in Indianapolis, Indiana. In Indiana, she has designed costumes for Cardinal Stage (Newsies), Indianapolis Shakespeare Company (Comedy of Errors, As You Like It), The Phoenix, Summit Performance Indy (Silent Sky), Marian University, and many other educational institutions. She could not continue her work without the unshakable support of her husband, John.
Brandon Reed (Sound Designer, he/him) is happy to be back at Cardinal designing for Frog & Toad. Previous Cardinal credits include The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and Sex with Strangers. Regional work includes companies such as PlayMakers Repertory Company, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Arkansas Shakespeare, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, and more. In 2019 he was honored with the USITT Robert Cohen Sound Achievement Award. MFA: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. BS: Ball State University. He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA), and USITT. www.brandonreedsounddesign.com
J. Dominic Chacon (Lighting Designer, he/him) is glad to be back working on shows again. Based out of Philadelphia Dominic is a freelance Lighting Designer and Production Manager who is also the Lighting Coordinator for the Lang Performing Arts Center, and an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University. This season you can see his work at UArts, The Wilma, Egopo Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, and Delaware Theatre Company. Huge thanks to Kate for bringing him out to Cardinal and Corey for making it easy.
Aubrey Krueger (Props Master, she/her) has worked professionally at McLeod Summer Playhouse in Illinois, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and now Cardinal Stage! She is a graduate of Ball State University where she got her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology. Some of her favorite works include The Full Monty written by Terrence McNally, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Fun Home by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori. She thanks her mother, her mentor John Sadler, and her amazing partner for all of their support!
Becky Underwood (Wardrobe Supervisor, she/her) is very pleased to be working again after the pandemic hiatus. She has worked as a designer and wardrobe person, as well as an assistant stage manager for many years. Many thanks to Cardinal and her wonderful family.
Chelsea Pell (Assistant Stage Manager, she/her): This is Chelsea’s 23rd production with Cardinal Stage as an Assistant Stage Manager. She loves being backstage with the cast and helping wherever she can. She has worked here since 2007. When she’s not backstage she can be found at Child’s Elementary as a school aide and at home she is a mom and wife with a love for dogs.
Aimes Dobbins (Assistant Stage Manager, they/them) is from Honolulu, Hawaii and is a 2019 alumni of Indiana University. Aimes has a background as a local stagehand and an actor/opera-vocalist here in Bloomington. Their most notable roles were being a Street Singer in IU Opera Theater’s 2019 production of Leonard Bernstein‘s Mass and Brad in the Indiana University’s Official Welcome to College freshman orientation musical. This is their main stage debut as an assistant stage manager and their first production with Cardinal Stage.
Jo Wohlfeld (Covid Compliance Officer, she/her)
Robert Reale (music): Musicals-Broadway: A Year With Frog And Toad (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: Once Around The City (2nd Stage), Quark Victory (Williamstown Theater Festival). Music for plays: Richard Dresser’s Rounding Third (directed by John Rando) Diva, (WTF), Salvation’s Moon. Film: Ten-13, Passing Over, Wigstock, Dealers Among Dealers, The Victim, others. Television: PrimeTime, 20/20, Inside Edition, Out There (theme), Invent This (theme), Mugshots, Crime Stories, The System, The Mailman and the Pirhana, Case Closed, Beating The Rap, The Royals: Dynasty or Disaster?, others. As composer and record producer he has worked with Julie Andrews, Mel Torme, Sid Caeser and Imogene Coca.
Willie Reale (book and lyrics) is a free-lance writer, living in New York. He has collaborated with his brother, Robert, on a musical called Once Around The City, which was produced by New York Stage and Film and at the Second Stage Theatre in New York. Quark Victory, another musical written with his brother, was produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Other plays have been produced at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Circle Repertory Company. With his brother he has written A Year With Frog and Toad, which was performed at the Childrens’ Theater Company in Minneapolis, the New Victory Theatre and at the Cort Theater on Broadway. Willie received two Tony nominations for his book and lyrics. In 1981, he founded The 52nd Street Project, an organization that brings inner-city children together with professional theater artists to create theater. He served as the theater’s artistic director for 18 years. With the Project, he produced hundreds of plays. The programs of The 52nd Street Project are currently being replicated at 12 sites across the country through a series of publications entitled The Kid Theater Kit. For the kit he wrote “52 Pick Up,” the Project how-to manual, as well as numerous plays, and the lyrics to hundreds of songs, including two full-length musicals, all of which are available through Dramatists Play Service. In June of 1994, he was awarded a MacArthur in recognition of his ingenuity in creating theater and theater education programs for young people. For television, Mr. Reale has written for the NBC dramas Homicide: Life on the Streets, Deadline and Mr. Sterling. For Fox he has written for Keen Eddie and The Jury. He created a series called Out There for Sesame Workshop and the BBC, which shot in Australia. His work on the show was recognized by an Australian Film Institute Award (The Australian Emmy) and Prix Jeunesse and Writers’ Guild of America nominations. He has taught at New York University and the Yale School of Drama. Willie is married to producer Jenny Gersten. They have two children, Augustus and Leonardo.
Arnold Lobel (1933–1987) illustrated many wonderful children’s books but is most beloved for his Frog and Toad stories, including the first one, Frog and Toad Are Friends, published in 1970. The books have garnered much acclaim, including a Caldecott Honor for Frog and Toad Are Friends and a Newbery Honor for Frog and Toad Together. These were followed by Frog and Toad All Year and Days with Frog and Toad.