Please join Walden Theatre / Blue Apple Players for The Fighting Frogs vs. Victoria Vanderbilt by Valerie Work, directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett and featuring the Young Company ensemble drawn from the intermediate levels of the Walden Conservatory.
In the play, the annual 8th grade Rocket Launch is just months away for the town of Slumberburg’s graduating middle schoolers. But the arrival of a new girl, the sophisticated Victoria, threatens to have the event scrubbed. Riding a wave of objections, the young Fighting Frogs band together to reclaim their traditions and try their best to live up to the example of their beloved mascot.
While much of the Young Company series has given actors from the Conservatory’s intermediate levels the chance to play the fantastical (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and last year’s The Snow Queen), this new show rises out of the colorful, often absurd landscape of 8th grade. .
“The kids are observing stuff that’s all new to them, or that they’re just beginning to experience in their own lives,” said director Mera Kathryn Corlett. “For many, it’s been a challenge to face down the interpersonal issues they run into every day. But they’ve been exuberant about bringing everything to their roles without shying away from the conflicting emotions and complex situations raised by the play.”
The Fighting Frogs vs. Victoria Vanderbilt
by Valerie Work
directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett
November 12, 18, 20 @ 7:30pm
+ matinee shows November 14 and 21 @ 2:00pm
All tickets to Young Company shows $8
Nancy Niles Sexton Stage
1123 Payne Street, Louisville
The play runs in repertory with Walden/Blue Apple’s Slant Culture Series show Acts of God, a contemporary play by Mark Rigney about high schoolers contending with the aftermath of a tornado’s disastrous path through their small town.