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Henry Players’ latest production runs Thursday to Saturday


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

  The performance talents of some of Henry County’s younger actors will be on display this week, as they explore the bonds of companionship in a well-known children’s tale staged in McDonough.

A Year With Frog and Toad will be presented by the Henry Players July 26 through 28 at the Henry County Performing Arts Center.                                                          Special image

  The Henry Players will present “A Year With Frog and Toad” Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., at the Henry County Performing Arts Center, 37 Lemon St.

  Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for children and seniors.

  The play is a musical adaptation of a children’s story by Arnold Lobel. It showcases music by Robert Reale and lyrics by Willie Reale, said Assistant Director Cindy Battles.

  “It’s a book series that they took and wrote into a musical,” she said. “It’s a year in the life of these two friends, and it’s about friendship. They do everything from baking cookies to going sledding. Each story has its own conflict and resolution. Every single theme is a lesson in true friendship.”

  The production marks this season’s annual children’s show for the Players. Battles is working alongside veteran Players performer Jasmine Hughey, who is directing the play.

  Battles said the majority of the 23-member cast are teenagers and younger kids, and that the production gave them a chance hone their performing skills, and to gain confidence in their abilities.

  “Just watching them develop their characters has been my favorite part,” she said. “It was creating a space where kids learn to perform and love theater. The other part of it is, it’s just a really fun, delightful show, especially in a time that we have to be careful what we subject our kids to, and subject ourselves to.”

  Performers in the show will tackle unconventional roles including a mouse, a turtle, squirrels and other animals that will be brought to life on stage. Battles credited costumer Brenda Patterson with employing a 1920s theme for the actors in the play.

  Battles said she has a two-fold hope for audiences who come to see the show.

  “I hope that they come away having had a really good time, but they also come away appreciating the friends that they have in their lives,” she said.

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