Storybook Musical Theatre, the Abington-based, professional children’s theater company, will present an original adaptation of the Grimm Brothers’ tale of THE FROG PRINCE, the story of a selfish princess who must kiss an enchanted frog for him to transform back to a prince. The family musical plays from March 10 to March 22 at the Gratz College Theater, 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA. Tickets are $12 for children, $14 for adults with school and group discounts available. For reservations and further information: 215-659-8550 or www.storybookmusical.org.
Adapted by Storybook’s Artistic Director, Patricia Goldberg with original music by Jeff Reim, this tale tells of a princess who meets a frog, in a polluted pond, who is more than he seems. When the Frog Prince helps the princess retrieve he golden ball, he makes her promise she will be his friend. Instead she sends the Cook to find the usually large, talking frog, for an order of frog’s legs. The plot thickens when the Frog Prince requests to arrange a special picnic where the enchanted prince can finally work his own spell on the narcissistic princess.
Storybook has gathered five talented, local, professional actors for its cast:
Thanks to the Frog Prince, Aileen Goldberg’s Princess Sarah learns to share and respect the environment. Goldberg, of Upper Darby, PA. was last seen is Storybook’s Adventures in Toyland. Other Storybook credits: Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Hansel & Gretel, Snow White, just to name a few. She is presently in The Divorcee’s Club at the Penn’s Landing Playhouse. Other regional credits: How to Succeed…at the Olney Theater Center in Maryland and 42nd Street at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman.
Determination and good luck turns the story’s favorite amphibian into a handsome prince played by Carl Nathaniel Smith, of Center-City. Smith, who was just seen on our stage as Prince Stefan in Cinderella is a native of Texas. Smith regional credits include shows at The Arden, Bristol/Riverside, Hedgerow, People’s Light and Theatre and Family Stages. He recently participated in the Cherry Hill Anti-Bully Festival with Big Splash Productions.
Playing the lovable, but forgetful King is David Mulholland, of Bristol PA. Mulholland was seen last season as the Woodsman in Storybook’s Little Red Riding Hood. Other Storybook credits include Robin Hood, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, and many others. Regional credits: Proof at Act Out Theatre, Big River at Mt. Gretna Playhouse and Our Town at the Delaware Theater Company.
Every prince needs a dedicated valet and Corbin Abernathy’s Henri makes every effort to help his Frog Prince, even being an inept gardener with hilarious results. Abernathy, of Philadelphia, is also making his Storybook debut in The Frog Prince. New York credit includes Truck Stop: The Musical at the Producers Club. Regional credits: Anyone Can Whistle at the Prince Music Theater, Carousel at the Walnut St. Theater, A Funny Thing Happened… and Caroline and Change at the Arden Theater and Back to the Boulevard at Theatre Ariel.
On a mission to whip up a batch of frog’s legs for a demanding princess is Storybook veteran, Kim Hanley, as the cook. Hanley, of Center City Philadelphia, has appeared in Storybook’s Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Robin Hood and Princess and the Pea. Hanley has appears with American Historical Theatre as Abigail Adams and the Media Theatre and Bristol Riverside Theatre. In addition, she is a special friend of the Phillies Phanatic and designs special costumes for him.
The director of THE FROG PRINCE is Patricia Goldberg. Musical Director is Jeff Reim with costumes by Kim Hanley, sets bu Pat Goldberg and lighting by Marc S. Goldberg
Storybook productions are appropriate for children age three and older. After each performance children have the opportunity to meet the actors for a handshake, picture or autograph.
For information, reservations or directions call: 215-659-8550 or http://www.storybookmusical.org.
Theater/Organization Storybook Musical Theatre
Theater/Organization Website: http://www.storybookmusical.org
Theater/Organization Address: 7605 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027 Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (215)659-8550