The Frogs

Northeast Ohio Professional Premiere

Cain Park

July 31 - August 17, 2014

Director: Martin Friedman
Musical Director: Nathan Motta
Choreographer: Martín Cespedes
Rehearsal Acoompanist/Conductor: Jordan Cooper
Production Stage Manager: Tom Humes*
Assistant Stage Manager: Ben Danielson
Assistant Stage Manager/Crew Chief: Leah Engle
Costume Designer: Tesia Benson
Lighting Designer: Trad A Burns
Set Designer: Ron Newell
Sound Designer: Stan Kozak

Dionysos: Dan Folino*
Xanthias: Caitlin Elizabeth Reilly*
Charon/Aekos: Eric Fancher
Herakles: Darryl Lewis*
Virilla: Sidney Perelman
Pluto: Nicole Sumlin*
George Bernard Shaw: Michael G. Regnier
William Shakespeare: Mitchell B. Fields*
Ariadne: Neely Gevaart

Ensemble: Nora Culley (Dance Captain), Neely Gevaart, Trey Gilpin, Lydia Hall, Darryl Lewis*, Sidney Perelman, Kelly Smith, Nicole Sumlin*, Tom Sweeney (Dance Captain), Meggie Whitman.

Dionysos: Eric Fancher
Xanthias: Kelly Smith
Charon/Aekos: Trey Gilpin
Herakles: Tom Sweeney
Pluto: Neely Gevaart
William Shakespeare: Trey Gilpin

*Member of Actors Equity Association

The Plain Dealer Review, by Andrea Simakis Review, by Roy Berko
Cleveland Jewish News Review, by Bob Abelman
TPOGraphy Review, by Kevin Joseph Kelly
In The Land of Cleve Review, by Cleve Land
The Sondheim Review Review, by Donald Rosenberg (No longer available, titled "A Mirthful Spin")
WCPN Interview
WCLV Interview

Plot Description: Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove's musical retelling and inspired adaptation of the Aristophanes satire, The Frogs, celebrates the power of art while asking the audience to demand more from its leaders. The Frogs stays true to its heritage, mixing Aristophanes' pratfall satire with a Sondheim score that swings from witty to pretty to rambunctious, but it also mirrors the Greek original for the serious issue of the role of the arts in a world beset by war and folly.

2014 Cleveland Critics Circle Awards

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