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Virginia Repertory Theatre to Premiere 'CROAKER,' 3/11

Virginia Repertory Theatre opens the professional premiere of Croaker: The Frog Prince Musical March 11, 2016 at Virginia Rep's Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. With book/lyrics by Debra Clinton and a score by Jason Marks, C roaker i s a colorful new take on the classic story of the F rog Prince by the Brothers Grimm. The show runs through April 17, with public performances every Friday through Sunday, and student matinees throughout the week. The show runs one hour and 20 minutes, and is best suited for children ages 5 and up.

Director Debra Clinton spoke about the collaboration with music director, Jason Marks. "I love working with Jason, and we both are so grateful to have the support of Virginia Rep and thrilled to see the project take a huge step forward." Clinton is the Artistic Director at the Weinstein JCC's Jewish Family Theatre. Recent directing credits include The Whipping Man f or Virginia Rep and B ad Jews at Theatre Lab. Jason Marks has many music directing credits including S eussical a nd A Christmas Carol, w hich he also composed. Acting credits include the endearing role of Shrek in Virginia Rep's hit production at the Children's Theatre.

The title character, Croaker, i s portrayed by Alexander Sapp (S outh Pacific, T artuffe, and T reasure Island for Virginia Rep). Christie Jackson, fresh from a starring role in Virginia Rep's G ypsy, t akes the stage in C roaker a s the bratty Princess Acrimonia.

Virginia Rep is delighted to welcome Kathy Halenda back to the stage in the role of the

evil Queen. Halenda, who was last seen in Virginia Rep's 2008 production of M ame, has performed in over 200 productions, including eighteen national tours where her roles included Mama Rose in G ypsy, Mae West in Z iegfeld, Rafaela in G rand Hotel, Golde in F iddler on the Roof, Nancy in O liver and Maggie Jones in 4 2nd St.

Croaker f eatures a catchy fun score by Marks, with whimsical costume design by Jeanne Nugent, lighting design by BJ Wilkinson, and a modern fairytale set designed by VCU's Grenville Burgess, under the supervision of Ron Keller.

Sensory friendly performances will be offered on select dates. Please check website for details.

Ticket Information

Box Office 804­282­2620 www.virginiarep.org
Full Price Tickets: $20
Discounted Group Rates available.


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