A Year with Frog and Toad is a Tony Award-nominated musical that follows two of literature’s greatest friends, Frog and Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. Come along as they wake up from their winter-long hibernation to find the joys in the every day and celebrate the differences that make their friendship one that endures every season.

Producer: Noa Saunders
Director: Julia Sioss
Stage Manager: Maggie McCloskey
Music Director: Lila Danielson Wong
Assistant Director/Choreographer: Carolyne Sandoval
Education Coordinator: Carah Pioli-Hunt
Scenic Designer: Madeline Rose Barnes
Technical Director: Katelyn Paddock
Costume Designer: Hayley Ryan
Sound Designer: Justin Brault
Graphic Designer: McKenna Black


Audition Information

You may audition by video submission or in person. All auditions will consist of a vocal audition, a reading, and a completed audition form. See below for details.

In-Person Auditions will be held at the Lyric Creative Space at 7 Green Tree Drive in South Burlington on March 17 and 18. All in-person auditions will be videotaped. You must prepare one song selection and one monologue selection from the choices provided. If you choose to audition in person, you will be masked for the entirety of your audition, social-distancing guidelines will be followed, and you will be asked to comply with all CDC and Vermont Department of Health guidelines, for the safety of everyone involved. We CANNOT accept walk-ins at these auditions. You must register in advance for an audition time slot by emailing Stage Manager, Maggie McCloskey, at magtmccloskey@gmail.com. You may fill out an audition form in advance (linked below), but physical copies will be available at your audition.

Video Auditions are due no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 16. We ask the videos be filmed horizontally and include all required material in one clip. Please clearly state your name and the role/roles in which you are auditioning. Sing your song choice first, and then proceed with one of the monologues. All video auditions need to be uploaded within the online audition form, linked below.

Audition Forms for Online Submission | Audition Forms to Print

Callbacks will be held in-person at the Lyric Creative Space at 7 Green Tree Drive in South Burlington on March 20th if necessary. If you are called back you will be masked for the entirety of your callback, social distancing guidelines will be followed, and you will be asked to comply with all CDC and Vermont Department of Health guidelines for your safety and everyone at Lyric.

Audition Materials

Audition Side #1 | Audition Side #2

Frog Audition Song Sheet Music – “Cookies”
Please sing measures 1-16, should last until about 0:46 in the music accompaniment below. Click below for accompaniment.

 

Toad Audition Song Sheet Music – “Seeds”
Please sing measures 5-20, should last until about 0:41 in the music accompaniment below. Click below for accompaniment.

 

Ensemble Audition Song Sheet Music – “The Letter”
Please sing measures 1-32, should last until about 0:31 in the music accompaniment below. Click below for accompaniment.

Character Breakdown

  • Actor 1—Frog
    • Caring and loyal. Always looking out for his friends. The calmer, more zen of both he and Toad. Simultaneously adventurous and assured.
    • Vocal range: A3-A6
  • Actor 2—Toad
    • A hard worker, but impatient for results. Self-conscious. Stubborn. A good friend to Frog. Timid.
    • Vocal range: A3-A5
  • Actor 3—Bird, Mouse, Squirrel, Young Frog, Mole
    • Must possess the playful and quirky personality of a lady bird and ability to portray the scared innocence of Young Toad.
    • Vocal range: A5-A3
  • Actor 4—Bird, Turtle, Squirrel, Mother Frog, Mole
    • Must possess the playful and quirky personality of a lady bird and strong frenetic energy of a squirrel. Should seem older than Actor 3.
    • Vocal range: A3- A5
  • Actor 5—Bird, Snail, Lizard, Father Frog, Mole
    • Must possess the blind determination of a nerdy snail and the “cool kid” attitude of a slick lizard. Should seem older than Actor 3.
    • Vocal range: A3-B5

A Note on Casting from the Director, Julia Sioss

“My casting practices will not be determined by race, gender, sexuality, or physical appearance—instead dictated on acting ability, availability, and the actor’s willingness to work. Theatre is the business of inclusion and open-mindedness, therefore discrimination will not be tolerated in any part of this show’s process, beginning with casting. As long as the actor is able to perform the part, they will receive equal consideration. The characters in this show are fictional animals, therefore prior casting decisions based on race, gender, sexuality, etc. will not influence my casting of this production. While the script is gendered along the binary, I will be following the actor’s lead with what pronouns they feel are best for the character.”

Click here for a brief video message from Julia about her vision and casting philosophy.

Schedule Commitment

Rehearsals for A Year with Frog and Toad will begin remotely, no earlier than Monday, March 29, and continue through Friday, April 30 at the availability of the team and the cast. In-person rehearsals will be held from 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sundays between May 1 and June 11 at the Lyric Theatre Creative Space, and virtually (via Zoom) whenever possible. Not all performers will be called to every rehearsal. Individual work and virtual rehearsals will be required, and critical to prepare for this show.


FAQ

  • What are Lyric’s safety guidelines with regard to the pandemic for auditions and rehearsals?
    • Lyric has been very strict and serious about our safety guidelines, ensuring a safe work environment for all our volunteers. There will be a health monitor for the show, responsible for checking volunteers in, ensuring masks are worn, maintaining social-distancing, etc.
    • You can see Lyric’s current safety protocols here.
    • Additionally, Lyric volunteers are required to sign a safety form that reads:

If I am a volunteer for A Year with Frog and Toad I agree to adhere to both State of Vermont Health Guidelines and any/all procedures put in place by Lyric Theatre for the safety of volunteers and staff. I understand that I will be required to wear a mask during my time in the Lyric Creative Space and will be subject to a temperature check and health assessment each time I am in the Creative Space. I understand that all personal travel during the time I am volunteering needs to be in accordance with Vermont State Guidelines. I understand that if I am feeling sick, have any respiratory issues, or a fever that I will be turned away from the Creative Space. I understand that I work, rehearse, and perform at my own risk.

  • I have already received a vaccine, do I still have to wear a mask at Lyric?
    • Yes, based on current state guidelines and recommendations everyone working in the Lyric Creative Space must have a mask on at all times.
  • Will we perform inside or outside and will we be masked during performances?
    • Performances will be held outside. In the event of inclement weather, we have scheduled rain dates! Actors and audiences will be asked to wear masks during performances in accordance with state guidelines.
  • How old do I need to be to audition?
    • You need to 16 years old by March 17th, 2021 to audition.
  • I’d like to work on one of the crews—who do I reach out to?
  • There isn’t an audition reading and/or song for the character I want, what should I perform?
    • That’s OK! Please feel free to read or sing whichever selections you like, and best showcase your talents. The cast album is a great resource, and we look forward to seeing your work!
  • Is there a dance audition?
    • No there is not. However, there will be a dance component during callbacks.
  • Do I need to use the accompaniment with my vocal audition? Will there be a pianist at the live auditions?
    • Yes, you will need to use the accompaniment tracks with your vocal audition, the show will be accompanied via a track, so this is a great way for the team to determine your skill level while singing with a pre-recorded track.
  • Do you have a preference for live audition versus video?
    • We do not have a preference. Our team wants you to feel as safe as possible while auditioning, so please choose the format you feel most comfortable with.

*We will continue to add answers to this list as we get more questions.

Important Dates

March 16 — 5:00 pm | Video Submissions due.

March 17 & 18 — 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | In-Person Auditions

March 20 — Times TBD | Callbacks

March 21 | Casting calls throughout the day.

Performance Dates

June 11, 2021 – 7:00 pm | Isham Family Farm in Williston

June 12, 2021 – 10:00 am & 3:00 pm | Location to be announced shortly.

June 19, 2021 – 10:00 am & 3:00 pm | Dorothy Alling Library in Williston

June 26, 2021 – 10:00 am & 3:00 pm | Fletcher Free Library in Burlington 

Rain dates will be Sunday June 13, 20, and 27 at the same times and locations listed above.