JSU Drama Department begins spring productions

The new semester brings many exciting changes to campus, but the most anticipated are the light-hearted, singing amphibians and a local murderess that will be coming to our stage at Jacksonville State University for the Drama Department’s spring season.

A fun, lively production, “A Year With Frog and Toad” is a musical based on the children’s books by Arnold Lobel. Like in the classic literary works, best friends Frog and Toad go through their day-to-day lives, encountering other animals along the way.

This production takes audiences through the seasons as they make their way from the page to the stage.

Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad embark on many adventures ranging from planting gardens to telling scary stories in the dark in this whimsical tale.

Whether it be raking leaves or sledding, these two pals celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special, all the while entertaining audiences both young and young-of-heart.

Directed by Michael Boynton, “A Year With Frog and Toad” will be hopping to the stage February 19 through March 1, 2015.

“The music is jazzy and fun, and the show has a lot of genuine heart, which is actually very difficult to pull off authentically in this cynical age of ours,” said Boynton.

“With that in mind, I feel like our audiences are in for a very special treat with this production: it’s a rare little gem, and certainly not to miss,” Boynton added.

Based loosely on true events, “To Tread Among Serpents” sheds light on the aftermath of a double murder in Rabittown, Alabama and the woman convicted of the crime, Violet Haight. Juanita Cohen, a New York reporter seeks to find out why the pig farmer murdered her boyfriend and his brother.

Not satisfied with what she finds, Juanita begins to publish her own version of the events as she continues to dig for the truth. The question is, will she really find what she is looking for?

Written by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos and directed by Caroline Price, it’s plain to see why “To Tread Among Serpents” is highly anticipated. The show will run from April 9 through April 12, 2015.

In addition to these shows, the Drama Department will uphold its tradition of doing the “One Acts,” small one act works directed and produced by students in the program. Anyone from across campus can audition to be part of these miniature performances. Specifics about these shows will be released at a later date.

Tickets are currently available and for more information on the shows or concerns check with the ticket office in Stone Center outside the theater.

Megan Wise
Staff Writer

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