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"A Year with Frog and Toad" coming to the Wood Auditorium
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Jerry Stevenson (left) will play Toad and Lee O. Smith, Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is bringing another wonderful children’s show to the FAC. After several sell-out shows in Columbia, the Columbia Children’s Theatre (CCT) will present the musical comedy A Year with Frog and Toad, Saturday, in the Wood Auditorium. Show time is 2 p.m. Tickets are $8. A Year with Frog and Toad is sponsored by Modern Turf.

About The Production

Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters, this whimsical show follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad 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. The show’s jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family.

The Columbia Children’s Theatre production features veteran actor Lee O. Smith in the role of Frog, and CCT Artistic Director Jerry Stevenson as Toad. An assortment of other animal characters--including birds, lizards, moles, a turtle, mouse, and snail -- are played by Columbia actors Bobby Bloom, Sara Jackson, Paul Lindley II, Toni Moore and Elizabeth Stepp. This production marks Stevenson’s first performance in a Columbia Children’s Theatre production. "It’s been way too long," he said. "If I was going to make a return to the stage, it is ideal that I’m doing it as a lumpy, grumpy toad who’s bad at sports!"

For more information or to purchase advance tickets call 425-7676, extension 300, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The FAC of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden.

Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5p.m., and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6p.m.

The FAC is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.