Learning experience: Studio 1′s ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ is a summer camp, too

By Sydney Fischer
Special to the Times-News



From left to right: Claire Christie (Yellow Bird); Brooke Massey (Black Bird); Piper Garrett (Blue Bird); Avery McLamb (White Bird); and Moira Palmquist (Purple Bird) star in Studio 1's "A Year with Frog and Toad." [Tami Kress / Special to the Times-News

“A Year with Frog and Toad” is more than just a Studio 1 production.
It’s a camp, too.
“ ‘Frog and Toad’ shows kids what it’s like to be in an audition and a show,” said director Wayne Leonard.
Camp counselors are responsible for costumes, lights, sound, set and props.
“Each counselor in the camp has one job in making the show what it is. Camp is beneficial to the counselors because it teaches the counselors to work under stress,” said camp counselor Kendal Fischer.
It also is a great learning experience for the teen counselors in that they take responsibility for the behind-the-scenes aspects.
“Acting and theater camp, especially, is good for you because it helps you to get used to being in front of people and speaking and becoming more socially successful,” Leonard added.
“A Year with Frog and Toad” is “about the things that happen to them over the course of a year,” Leonard said. “It is things that they go through in their friendship, and other animals they interact with.”
Studio 1 will present the show at 7:30 p.m. July 19, 2019, and July 20 and 2 p.m. July 20-21 in the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre at Studio 1, Holly Hill Mall and Business Center, 309 Huffman Mill Rd., Burlington.
“I like the camp because I just like acting,” said Jack Mullen, who plays Toad.
Addison Bennet plays a snail.
“I’ve never been to an acting camp before so I think it will be very interesting to do it because it’s my first time, so I’m very excited,” she said.
Nora Fisher, who plays a mouse, said that audiences will enjoy the show because “they’re gonna think it’s really cute, because we’re really young and we learned it in two weeks.”
   Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more details, call 336-534-0321.

Sydney Fischer is a rising junior at Eastern Alamance High School.

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