August 7 – 8

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for a GREAT show!

If you’ve auditioned for us before, welcome back! If this is your first time auditioning at GREAT, we’re thrilled to have you! We are in our 26th season and are excited to add new people, new talent, and new voices to our company as well as welcome returning volunteers to our stages! Whether you’re a seasoned performer or you’ve never been on stage before, we encourage you to audition!


  • Auditions: Monday, August 7th and Tuesday, August 8th, 2023 from 4-7pm
    at the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre. 710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park 56387
  • Rehearsals: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:00-6:00pm. Not everyone is called for every rehearsal. Potential rehearsal Saturday, September 9th.
  • Tech/Dress Rehearsals: October 2,3 ,4, 5 from 4:00-7:30pm 
  • Performances:
    Friday, October 6 at 9:00a & 12:00p
    Saturday, October 7 at 10:00a & 1:00p
    Sunday, October 8 at 4:00p
    Tuesday October 10 at 10:00a & 1:00p
    Thursday, October 12 at 10:00a & 1:00p
    Saturday, October 14 at 10:00a & 1:00p
    Sunday, October 15 at 4:00p


Frog and Toad are excited to bring their story to the stage in this heartwarming and fun-loving musical: A Year with Frog and Toad: Kids! Based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved series and with lyrics and music by Willie and Robert Neale, A Year with Frog and Toad: Kids follows the two titular characters throughout an entire year filled with fun adventures, playful songs, meaningful lessons, and lots of laughter.

Experience the life-changing power of friendship as Frog and Toad learn how to navigate change and confront fear with the help of the other animals in their community. We are committed to casting a group of actors ranging in age from 8-17 that will reflect the people of our community.

Regardless of how the script identifies roles, we will be casting all roles to include different shapes, genders, ethnicities, and identities. This show offers a variety of singing/dancing/movement/acting roles–and as an educational organization, we are open to actors with various experience levels in all of these categories! The after school rehearsal period is convenient with a 4-6pm timeframe and tech is over by 7:30pm (so no super late nights!), and the joy of performing for full houses of student matinee audiences is a delightfully memorable experience!

We want to get to know you! Please indicate any special talents on your audition form including but not limited to formal dance training, gymnastic skills, or musical instrument proficiencies.


Director: Sylva Bohannon
Music Director: Levi Van Heel
Choreographer: Elaina Waggoner
Scenic & Lighting Design: Lee Rone
Costume Design: Isabel Becker


Director Mentor: Aimee Miron
Music Director Mentor: Garrett Lathe
Choreography Mentor: Heather Mastromarco
Scenic & Lighting Design Mentor: Mark Hennigs
Costume Design Mentor: Risa Alecci
Sound Design Mentor: Steve Sanders
Stage Manager: Hana Reiter



ALL: Please prepare a POEM

Please choose a poem that you are familiar with and prepare to act that poem as a monologue during your audition. You may choose one from the provided list below, or bring your own! 



“A Year with Frog and Toad” features several dance numbers. We are providing a choreography video, if you choose to learn the piece in advance. We will also teach the choreography at the auditions. All performers will review and then perform the routine during your audition. Please dress for movement. If you have mobility differences, learn the choreography as it makes sense for you. 


ALL: Please prepare a MUSIC SELECTION

There are many full cast musical numbers in “A Year with Frog and Toad.” For your audition, please prepare a music selection from the link below that corresponds to one of the roles you are interested in. The Music Selections (Recordings) link contains both rehearsal and audition tracks.

Frog – Opening Measures m. 55-67
Toad – Getta Loada Toad m. 1-8
Birds – Opening Measures m. 13-25
Snails – Letter #1 m. 10-25
Mouse – Cookies m. 5-15
Turtle, Lizard, Ensemble – Getta Loada Toad m. 81-95
Moles, Squirrels – Down the Hill m. 45-51



Frog (soloist): An upbeat, calm, and kind soul, Frog is Toad’s very best friend. Frog just wants the best for Toad, and is always prepared to help his friend through whatever anxiety he is facing! The actor for this role needs to be confident and animated. 

Toad (soloist): Grumpy and irritable, but very caring, Toad is Frog’s best friend. He is closer to Frog than anyone else. He is prone to anxiety, but can always look to Frog for support. The actor for this role needs to be confident and animated. 

Turtle (soloist): As Mouse and Lizard’s playful friend, Turtle likes to show affection for others through teasing! Turtle is popular among the animals and knows how to rally a crowd. 

Mouse (soloist): This friend of Turtle and Lizard always knows just what to say and how to ask the right questions. Mouse is full of fun, and not afraid to join in a game!

Lizard: The final part of Turtle and Mouse’s trio, Lizard loves fun and games just as much as their friends, but sometimes is a bit slower to join.

Snails (soloist): Despite their slow pace, the Snails are full of gusto and spirit! They are determined to achieve their goals and always willing to help out a friend—no matter how long it takes them.

Squirrels: The Squirrels are energetic and super silly! They love to create mischief and play pranks on their friends.

Ensemble: The lively and goofy heart of Frog and Toad’s community! The ensemble includes a dancing and singing crew of snails, squirrels, moles and birds.