A Year with Frog and Toad

November 6 - 22, 2015
Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater

Book and Lyrics by  Willie Reale
Music by  Robert Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
Directed by Jerrell L. Henderson

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

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Jerrell L. Henderson (Director) is a director and teaching artist currently putting the finishing touches on completing his MFA in Directing from Northwestern University. His NU credits include MARISOL, THE LITTLE FOXES, and FABULATIONS OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE. This spring, Jerrell directed, THE HEALER: A Workshop Production for Pegasus Theatre Company's Spring Muse Festival and spent his summer directing select pieces for the Black Lives, Black Words Festival and Prologue Theatre's Landmark Festival. He has served as an assistant director with Steppenwolf Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, and The Goodman Theatre. Additional AD credits include The Lantern Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, and Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. Before Northwestern, Jerrell spent several years working in the greater Philadelphia area as a director, teaching artist and performer. He directed at the Allens Lane Arts Center (ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN and IN THE BLOOD), and was a principal director for Philadelphia Young Playwrights Young Voices Monologue Festival. Jerrell was also a primary acting instructor with The Walnut Street Theatre for nine years, splitting his time between teaching performance classes, devising and directing scripts with students and directing several professional Outreach productions for the Education Department including STUART LITTLE, MUFARO’S BEAUITFUL DAUGHTERS, and I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY. Additionally, Jerrell taught, devised and directed in New Brunswick, NJ and Princeton, NJ for The George Street Playhouse and The McCarter Theatre Center’s Education Departments. Once A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD is up and running, he very much looks forward to moving to Lancaster, PA to join the Theatre faculty at Franklin & Marshall College for the 2016 spring semester. Jerrell received his BA in Theatre Arts from The Pennsylvania State University (2003) and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab (2012).

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