Frog Prince to entertain guests at Northwestern this week

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Frog Prince to entertain guests at Northwestern this week

November 11, 2008

“The Frog Prince” is coming to Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Herod Hall Auditorium Thursday and Friday thanks to students in the university’s theatre program.

More than 1,200 children from area elementary schools will be attending the Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. shows and the Friday 1 p.m. show, with a performance open to the public on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $1.

Adapted from the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, The Frog Prince combines song, dance and comedy with the story of a young prince, who has been turned into a frog by an evil witch. Add to the cast of characters a young princess, who no one can understand because she, too, lives under a witch’s spell, three singing frogs, a pet snake, who has a taste for frogs, a solemn king and a silly court jester. Songs range from the haunting ballad, “How I Became a Frog,” to the rousing finale, “Happy Ending.”

“This group of actors has taken on the challenge of doing a silly musical,” said Kimberly Weast, associate professor of theatre. “The acting is exaggerated and melodramatic, and they have been willing to break out of their comfort zones to act this goofy. I’m very proud of them.”

Cast for the production includes Courtney Porter, Guthrie freshman, who plays “Cricket;” Stephanie Tucker, Jet freshman, “Euripides;” Tyler Shafer, Cherokee freshman, “Jester;” Thomas McDevitt, Comanche freshman, “Jumper;” Bob Gilliland, Pawnee sophomore, “King Glum;” Kristy Benson, Cherokee freshman, “Princess Pandora;” Houston Hayward, Winfield, Kan., freshman, “Prince Eric;” and Sarah Fiala, Pleasanton, Calif., junior, “Drizelda.”

Schools attending the Thursday morning performance are Mooreland, Freedom, Timberlake and Kremlin-Hillsdale. Coming Friday morning are Mooreland, Ft. Supply, Buffalo and Alva’s Washington, Lincoln and Longfellow elementary schools. Friday afternoon, schools attending are Cherokee and Alva’s Washington Elementary.

For more information about the show contact Weast at (580) 327-8462 or