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The Tom Cherry Experience

Friday, June 01, 2012

The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince

Julie Lyn Barber, a playwright living in Parker City, Indiana has been awarded an Individual Artist Project grant by the Indiana Arts Commission for “The Panto Project.” In fulfillment of this project, she has written two new adaptations of classic children's stories. She will bring her latest production, The Frog Prince, to four intimate venues in Eastern Indiana. The play is presented in the popular, traditional British comedic style known as “panto.” The British panto style incorporates broad comedy, audience interaction and familiar characters to engage audiences of all ages. Her previous play, The Elves and the Shoemaker delighted audiences in these same venues in November and December of 2011.

Sure to get you set for summer vacation, The Frog Prince is a 30 minute children’s play, based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. This version takes on a few new twists as we follow the plights of a newly transformed frog, his faithful servant Henry, a lonely princess and her royal mother. An evil Goblin keeps trying to ruin everyone’s fun but the Good Fairy, with the help of the audience, keeps everyone safe and smiling right up to "happily ever after."

The show is directed by Julie Lyn Barber, who also plays the role of the “Frog Prince.” Tom Cherry and Joe Skeen (the comedy duo in The Elves and the Shoemaker) don dresses to tackle the roles of the “Queen” and evil “Goblin,” respectively. Other cast members include: Monroe Central High School student, Kasey Cummins as the “Princess;” Taylor University student, Lydia Gosnell as the “Good Fairy;” and retired science teacher and potter, Frank Knasinski as “Faithful Henry.”

Performance times and venues are as follows:

Sat., 6/2 at 1:00 pm at the Farmland Center, 100 N. Main St., Farmland, IN

Sun., 6/3 at 3:00 pm at the Historic Irvington Lodge, 5515 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN.

Fri., 6/8 at 7:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Franklin St., Winchester, IN

Sat., 6/9 at 3:00 pm in the new Lab Theatre, Rm. 101, Rupp Communications Center, Taylor University, Upland, IN

Tickets are available at the door $5 for adults, $3 for children, cash or checks only (no credit cards.) Return visitors may bring their ticket stub from a previous performance for a $2 per ticket discount.

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  • Be sure to film the performance for posterity!

    By Blogger Postmaster, at 6:30 AM  

  • I just got back from THE FROG PRINCE in Indy.
    (Wish I had taken my granddaughter.)
    This short fairytale truly captivates because
    the actors on stage 'think out loud' and
    discuss the play- as it unfolds- with the audience.
    If you're looking for theater especially appropriate
    for young ones, GO!!
    Luv the Laugh!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:04 PM  

  • Thank you for coming to the show, Anonymous! And for leaving a comment! It is truly appreciated!

    By Blogger Tom, at 9:27 PM  

  • I'm sure one of our performances will be recorded eventually, Keith!

    By Blogger Tom, at 9:28 PM  

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