A Year With Frog and Toad
Wednesday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m.
at the Zwermann Arts Center Theater
A Year With Frog and Toad follows upbeat Frog and grumpy Toad, two best friends who are waking up from hibernation and beginning their year in the Spring. We watch as Frog and Toad go throughout the four seasons, going on adventures, learning to garden, going for a swim, and playing in the Fall leaves before settling back down again in the winter. Throughout the year we meet several friends of Frog and Toad's like three Birds, Turtle, Mouse, and Snail who has a very important task to accomplish. Frog and Toad both learn important life lessons and celebrate their unique friendship in this jazzy upbeat musical. This cheerful score is sure to get stuck in your head, and you'll be clapping along as you watch A Year With Frog and Toad.
Performances: April 12-14 and April 19-21.
How to Audition:
Below are instructions, materials, and tips for auditioning for LTC Theater Productions.
There will be a check-in table when you get here where someone will take your name and give you an audition form to fill out. Once you’ve filled out that form you will wait for someone to call your name to enter the theatre. Once you enter the theatre you will introduce yourself and chat for a moment with the director.
For a musical, the audition consists of three parts: a monologue, a song excerpt, and a dance call.
You will get to choose what you bring. It should give a good idea of your skills and should be similar to the character for which you are auditioning. If you need help or have questions about the monologue, please email Taylor Dahlberg.
- The monologue can be from film or theatre.
- It should be no longer than 45 seconds.
- It should be only one character speaking.
- It should be G-rated.
- For each of the music cuts, there are multiple people who can sing that cut.
- Those auditioning for Toad OR who sing Bass/Baritone will sing the Toad Cut.
- Those who are auditioning for Snail OR sing Tenor will sing the Snail Cut.
- Those who are auditioning for the Soprano Bird OR who sing Soprano will sing the Bird cut and take the top note.
- Those who are auditioning for the Mezzo/Alto Bird OR Mezzo/Altos will sing the Bird cut and take the middle note.
- You will perform a small dance as a part of the audition. Dance call videos are shared in the Dance Call folder below.
- You will dance in groups of four or five.
- The choreographer will review the dance with auditioners before performing the dance. The choreographer will also lead the dance during the audition.
- You are encouraged to wear clothes that you can easily dance in.
- You are encarouaged to bring water.
Frog: A caring and loyal friend. Outgoing, chipper, and adventurous.
Toad: Also a loyal and caring friend. Far more cautious and less adventurous than Frog. Loveably grumpy and stubborn.
Snail: Nerdy, and incredibly determined
Birds: Quirky and chipper. Sometimes in their own world, but often commenting on what Frog and Toad are doing.
Turtle: Loves to dance
Lizard: Cool as a cucumber
Mouse: Smart and kind
Young Frog: Young, adventurous, and smart.
Mother Frog: Loving mother
Father Frog-:Loving father
Great and Terrible Frog: Great and terrible. Eats young frogs in the woods.
Note: There is the possibility of double casting.
You will be asked to perform a small dance combination at your audition. Please review the following videos to learn the dance combination.
Choreography with Counts
Choreography with Music
Female Bird/Mole 1 (upper): C4-A5
Female Bird/Mole 2 (lower): C4-E5
Male Bird: C3-A4
Young Frog: C4-A5
Mother Frog: C4-E5
Father Frog: C3-A4
Soprano/Mezzo/Alto Bird Audition Cut (From beginning through :32)
Toad and Basses/Baritones Interested in the Ensemble (From :27-1:15)
Frog (From 2:05-2:45)
Snail and Tenors Interested in the Ensemble (From :30)
Auditioning for a LTC production can be a nerve-racking and scary experience. Here are a few tips to help with that process.
What to expect when you arrive:
There will be a check-in table when you get here where someone will take your name and give you an audition form to fill out. Once you’ve filled out that form you will wait for someone to call your name to enter the theatre. Once you enter the theatre you will introduce yourself and chat for a moment with the director, and then you will do your reading of a short monologue of your choosing followed by your song. You do not need to have the music memorized, and you will have access to the audition materials in advance so that you can practice. This should not be a cold audition. You will want to have practiced beforehand. Then, after you’ve done your monologue and song, you will go out into the hallway and wait until it is time for the dance call. When we get to the dance call, the choreographer will go through it first and you will be split into groups to perform the dance. At any point during the night, the director or choreographer may give you a note asking you to change the way you did something. That does not mean you are doing it wrong. The most important part of the audition is to have fun, make choices, and show us a character!
No matter where you are or how often you’ve done it, auditioning can be scary! Below are some tips to help you with your audition.
- Be prepared. You have access to the audition materials beforehand, so make sure you go over them. The audition should not be the first time you are reading or singing your sides. Have a friend, roommate, family member, coworker or anyone else practice with you before your audition so you've practiced reading with other people.
- Do your research. If you can, read the play beforehand. If you can’t, look up a synopsis, and learn about the character you are auditioning for so you can make informed decisions about how this character might behave.
- An audition is more than just a reading. You should be acting. Make choices. Try to embody the character in some way.
- Dress nicely, but comfortably and try to make a good first impression. Be polite and respectful to the other auditioners and the people running the auditions.
- Be prepared for all outcomes. There are multiple people auditioning for each role, and only one person will get it. If you cannot handle the disappointment of not getting cast in a role, then theatre may not be for you.
First Rehearsal: Monday, February 12, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
All cast members should attend the first rehearsal. Each member of the cast will receive a rehearsal schedule at the first rehearsal. Rehearsals will be Mondays through Thursdays from 6:00-8:30 p.m. with Fridays being an optional work day. You may or may not be required to attend rehearsal every day each week.
We understand that cast members have families, jobs, school, and are also involved in other activities, so we try to be flexible. If you must miss a rehearsal for something important, we ask that you communicate that to the stage manager and director in advance. However, please be sure that you can attend most rehearsals so that the cast has time to work together.
Do I have to have experience on stage to audition?
No! We welcome anyone who is interested in participating, even if you have never done a show before.
What if I cannot make the audition dates?
Please contact Taylor Dahlberg to make alternative arrangements.
Do I have to live in Robinson to be in the show?
No! We love having people from different communities participate in our shows. We are always happy to see new faces.
Do I cold read at the audition?
Nope. Audition materials are posted in advance, and we expect you to come rehearsed and prepared with a character.
Do I have to be memorized at the audition?
Memorization is not required, but please come prepared and having rehearsed.
Where are auditions held?
Lincoln Trail College at the Zwermann Arts Center Theater
11220 State Highway 1
Robinson, IL 62454
I heard that I get class credit for being in a show. Is this true?
It is! You get class credit for being in the cast and the crew. The tuition and fees for the class are waived.