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A Year with Frog and Toad

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale

Music by Robert Reale

Based on the Books by Arnold Lobel 

Tony Nominated 

December 5 - December 27, 2014

Directed by Penny Caywood

Featuring performances by Jenessa Bowen, Amelia Rose Moore, Terry Lee McGriff, Logan Tarantino, and Nate Waite


Playwright Willie Reale
Director Penelope Caywood
Play Dates December 5 - 27, 2014

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SLAC will work on behalf of its youngest audiences with its sixth annual professional children's production, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD with book and lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale, and based on the ever-popular books by Arnold Lobel. Two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. A story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD will be directed by Penny Caywood and will run December 5 – 27, 2014. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm.

Cast & Creative

Jenessa-Bowen-Headshot-150-PixJENESSA BOWEN (Mouse)

Jenessa is back for her fourth production at SLAC! She was last seen as Gayle God-zicka & Dead Docent in SATURDAYS VOYEUR 2014, "Thing 2" in THE CAT IN THE HAT last December, and Sister Docent in SATURDAYS VOYEUR 2013. More past credits include; Ruby in SHELTER (Off-Broadway debut), Little Red in INTO THE WOODS (Centerpoint Legacy), Natalie in NEXT TO NORMAL (Ziegfeld Theatre), Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS (Ziegfeld), Annabel Glick in LUCKY STIFF (WSU, Irene Ryan nominee & semi-finalist for Irene Ryan competition in LA), Sara in PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (WSU, Irene Ryan nominee) Jolene in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (Ziegfeld), Peggy Swift in FATHER OF THE BRIDE (Hale Centre Theatre), Erin in RING OF FIRE (Dark Horse Theatre Co.), Nehebka in AIDA (Rodgers Memorial), Mary Lennox in THE SECRET GARDEN (Rodgers), Anybodys in WEST SIDE STORY (Rodgers), Adele in JANE EYRE (HCT), Lulu in NUPTIALS (HCT), and you may also recognize Jenessa from the KSL "Hi Monday" commercial. Jenessa has earned her Bachelors of Science in Musical Theatre from Weber State University. "A HUGE thank you to everyone at SLAC. You have all given me a giant step and an open door towards my career as an actor. Love you guys!"

Amelia-Rose-Moore-Headshot-150-PizxAMELIA ROSE MOORE (Turtle)

Amelia is excited to be in her first show at SLAC! Amelia is a senior studying Musical Theatre at Weber State University under Jim Chritstian. Amelia was most recently seen in Mary Poppins at Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley, and as a performer in Simple Joys at Lagoon. Some of her favorite roles include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Christabelle in The Plain Princess (world premiere), and Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. Amelia is excited to share the stage with such talented people, and to work with Penny again. "Thanks to my mom for being a full-time chauffer to nonstop lessons, and to my friends and family for their support, and to the production team for the opportunity to work on such a delightful show. Enjoy!"

Terry-Lee-Mcgriff-Headshot-150-PixTERRY LEE MCGRIFF (Snail)

Terry is elated to be making his Salt Lake Acting Company debut! Previous credits include Harpo in THE COLOR PURPLE (Wasatch Theatre Company), Hanschen in SPRING AWAKENING (Midvale Main Street Theatre), Rod in AVENUE Q (Babcock Theatre) and Jonas Fogg/Ensemble in SWEENEY TODD (Studio 115). Thanks to Penny, Cynthia, and Keven for this wonderful opportunity and to Jaten for your constant love and support!

Logan-Tarantino-Headshot-150-PixLOGAN TARANTINO (Frog)

Logan is ecstatic to make his Salt Lake Acting Company debut! Logan is a graduate from the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. Recent roles include Lysander in Salt Lake Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jean-Michel in The Grand Theatre's La Cage Aux Folles and Steve in Plan-B Theatre Company's Adam and Steve and the Empty Sea. He would like to thank his family, friends, professors, and SLAC!

Nathan-Waite-Headshot-150-PixNATE WAITE (Toad)

Nate is thrilled to be apart of his first production at SLAC especially with such an amazing cast and crew! Nate has most recently been seen in the role of Cain in Children of Eden, other memorable roles include Huck Finn in Big River, Javert in Les Miserable, and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. "Dream big and live even bigger!"



This is Penny's fourth children's production at SLAC. Penny started acting at the age of five. Her first role was the Shy Princess in THE KING AND I, she still has the costume to prove it. Her career started early, but her talents were not limited to the stage. She traveled across the country with a youth singing group—The LaMarca American Variety Singers. She sang on children's record, attended math school in Japan, took jazz and tap, played the flute and participated in speech contests. When she was 19, Penny was involved in the creation of a youth theatre company in Palos Verdes, CA called Curtains Up! Locally Penny is best known for her work with the University of Utah's Youth Theatre where she has been the director for the past seven years. She has directed every U Youth Theatre production and is responsible for educational and outreach programming too. Penny has directed at Rogers Memorial Theatre and SLAC.

CYNTHIA FLEMING (Executive Producer)

Cynthia has been in the world of dance and theatre professionally for over 35 years, during which time she performed in the Broadway, National, and International companies of A CHORUS LINE. In 1978, as a U of U Theatre student, her performing relationship with SLAC began. Since 1995 she has worn many hats at SLAC, including Choreographer, Director, Box Office Manager, and Director of Audience Services. She conceived and created the position of Director of Communication and Audience Development and assembled a communication team which generated renewed energy and excitement before taking on her current title of Executive Producer. Cynthia remains a working artist in the theatre and has choreographed SATURDAY'S VOYEUR for 14 years and has directed for three years. She has choreographed many SLAC productions including THE PERSIAN QUARTER, GO, DOG. GO! BAT BOY THE MUSICAL, AND WATER LILIES from CABBIES, COWBOYS, AND THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN. Cynthia is proud to serve SLAC and its mission to develop and produce vital new work.

KEVEN MYHRE (Executive Producer)

In his 19th season with the company, Keven manages all production aspects of the plays SLAC presents. He received the Mayor's Artist Award in the Performing Arts category in 2009 and was awarded the 2008 City Weekly Award for directing THE CLEAN HOUSE and MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS; he most recently directed BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and RED. Having previously served as Producing Director as well as Resident Designer, and he has designed all of SLAC's sets and many of the costumes for the last 17 years. He has also designed sets for the Grand Theatre, Sundance Theatre, Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre, Kingsbury Hall and the Babcock Theatre. His work for the Utah Arts Festival includes site design for the 20th Anniversary celebration. Keven earned his BFA at the University of Utah and his MFA in Theatre at the University of Michigan.

Press & Reviews

  • A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD - Press Release | Read Full Press Release Here | November 14, 2014
  • Getting into Theatre with Penny Caywood | Utah Theatre Bloggers |Watch Video Interview Here | November 26, 2014
  • A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD - Inside Look | Utah Theatre Bloggers | Watch Video Interview Here | November 26, 2014
  • Salt Lake Acting Company: A Year With Frog & Toad - Gavin's Underground | City Weekly | Read Full Article Here | December 4, 2014
  • Theater review: 'A Year with Frog and Toad' at SLAC is fanciful and expertly staged | Deseret News | Read Full Article Here | December 8, 2014
  • You simply must see Salt Lake Acting Company's A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD | Is This Really My Life? - Emily Hill | Read Full Article Here | December 8, 2014
  • A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD | The White House - Susie Q | Read Full Article Here | December 11, 2014
  • A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD | A Utah Mom's Life| Read Full Article Here | December 9, 2014
  • Two Holiday Productions Show The Advantages of Keeping it Un-real | City Weekly | Read Full Article Here |  December 10, 2014
  • Schoolchildren find the joy of live musical theater in Salt Lake Acting Company's 'Frog and Toad' | Salt Lake Tribune | Read Full Article Here | December 12, 2014

Photo Gallery


Green Room Gallery

Green Room artworkFor the fifth year running, we welcome younger and older students from the Visual Art Institute in Salt Lake City to exhibit in the Green Room Gallery during our children's production — inspired by the school's efforts to plant the seed of creative curiosity early in life.

Established in 1978, VAI encourages students to integrate their creativity into every aspect of their thinking, education and life, and provides exceptional visual art programs to elementary through high school students, including year-round classes and an intensive figurative workshop in the summer. VAI provides high-quality instruction and classes in a wide range of media focusing on essential applied skills, working largely from life, as well as conceptual thinking. Many VAI students go on to earn local, state, and national awards as well as entrance and scholarships to top universities and art schools throughout the country.

You'll find literature about the Visual Art Institute in the Gallery. Please stop in to enjoy the exhibition.