FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Boiler Room Theatre (BRT) will celebrate this holiday season with two productions – the beloved children’s classic A Year With Frog and Toad and Christopher Durang’s loopy comedy Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge. The productions will both be performed through the holiday season, running from Nov. 24 through Dec. 22. It all happens at the theater’s namesake venue in the historic Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd., Bldg. Six.
Opening on Nov. 24, A Year With Frog and Toad is a musical for the entire family based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters. Conceived by Mr. Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne, A Year With Frog and Toad remains true to the spirit of the original tales as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog (played by Flynt Foster) and the rather grumpy Toad (Sondra Morton) through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding. They learn life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special.
Lisa Gillespie, Josh Lowery and Vicki White round out the cast of lovable creatures directed by Dan McGeachy. A Year With Frog and Toad will be performed at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Dec. 14. Matinees will be performed at 2 p.m. on select Saturdays (Dec. 1, 8, 16 and 22) and Sundays (Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 15).
Opening on Nov. 30, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge is a playful, cracked look at the perennial Charles Dickens Christmas classic about mean Ebenezer Scrooge and his discovery of the true meaning of Christmas through the visitation of three ghosts. In Durang’s giddy version, the Ghost’s magic is off, and Scrooge (Phil Perry) and the Ghost (Piper Jones) keep showing up at Bob Cratchit’s house way too early. Mrs. Bob Cratchit (played by Lisa Gillespie) – a long suffering saint in the Dickens story – is in a state of fury, hating her life and planning on getting drunk and jumping off the London Bridge.
Corbin Green directs the cast, which also includes Brad Oxnam, Jamey Green, Bryce Conner, Josh Lowery, Taylor Green, J.R. Knowles, Addison McFarland and Hayden Gill. Evening performances of Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge will be held at 8 p.m. on select Fridays (Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 21), Saturdays (Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22), Tuesdays (Dec. 4, 11 and 18) and Thursday, Dec. 20. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Ticket prices for Friday and Saturday evening performances are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors (age 60 and up) and students (age 13 through college with valid ID), and $21 for children ages 3 through 12. Matinee prices are $2 less respectively. All Tuesday shows are two-for-one ($27 for two tickets; no other discounts apply). Tickets for the Thursday, Dec. 20 performance will be at the bargain price of $17. Tickets may be purchased by calling Boiler Room Theatre at 615-794-7744 or online at www.boilerroomtheatre.com.
*Photos by Rick Malkin courtesy Boiler Room Theatre.