The frogs are coming!

Published 10:17 pm Thursday, March 27, 2014

The cast of “One Night in Frogtown” will perform at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s show is open to the public, and tickets are still available.

The cast of “One Night in Frogtown” will perform at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s show is open to the public, and tickets are still available.

The frogs are coming to the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on Friday and Saturday, and children are invited to come join in the fun.

The musical “One Night in Frogtown,” based on the book of the same name by Philip Pelletier, promotes the value of cultural diversity through a saxophone-playing tadpole named Tad and a variety of music including classical, jazz, R&B and hip-hop.

In the show, lonely Tad hops off to find others with which to make music but finds it’s not as easy as it looks.

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“It’s a great musical, so it’s a good introduction to young children and young people to live theater,” said center Executive Director Jackie Cherry. “It really is a celebration of diversity. It’s a great thing for families to come, and it’s a good discussion point for families when they leave.”

The center will do a show for school groups on Friday, with a Saturday show at 2 p.m. Tickets for Saturday are still available and are $10 for children and $15 for adults.

On his website, www.frogtowncentral.com, Pelletier says the show appeals to a diverse audience.

“I think the themes resonate with a lot of people in our post-9/11 world,” he wrote. “Creating a message of cultural and racial understanding in a fun way was something that everyone wanted to be a part of.”

Even young children can get in on the excitement, he added.

“I felt kids could relate to the natural innocence and curiosity that Tad’s character shows,” he wrote.

“As a composer, I enjoy working with different musical genres and making them accessible to kids who may have no experience with them, often making them come alive for the first time.”

For kids (and maybe adults, too) who want the magic of Frogtown to continue after the show, the arts center’s gift shop carries the book, which comes with an audio CD.

For more information or tickets, visit www.suffolkcenter.org or call 923-2900.