The Boiler Room Theatre (BRT), Williamson County's original and longest-running professional theatre company, will celebrate this holiday season with not one, but two productions sure to delight audiences – 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 November 24th through December 23rd. It is all happening at the theatre's iconic namesake venue in the historic Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd., Building Six, in Franklin, Tennessee.
Opening on November 24th, 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 Sondra Morton) and the rather grumpy Toad (Flynt Foster) through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning 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, November 24th, Tuesday, November 27th and Friday, December 14th. Matinees will be performed at 2 p.m. on select Saturdays (December 1st, 8th, 16th and 22nd ) and Sundays (November 25th, December 2nd and December 15).
Opening on November 30th, MRS. BOB CRATCHIT'S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE is a playful, cracked look at the perennial Dickens Christmas classic about mean Ebenezer Scrooge and his discovering 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, where Mrs. Bob Cratchit (played by Lisa Gillespie) – a long suffering saint in the Dickens – 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, Russell Qualls, 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 (November 30, December 7th and December 21st), Saturdays (December 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd), Tuesdays (December 4th, 11th and 18th) and on Thursday, December 20th. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday, December 9th.
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, December 20th performance will be at the bargain price of $17. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Boiler Room Theatre at 615-794-7744 or ordered online at www.boilerroomtheatre.com.