We sat down with Sierra Wilson, who portrayed Snail 5 years ago when Summer Stage last performed A Year with Frog and Toad. 5 years later she’s on staff for our Magic Makers! Last year she portrayed our leading lady, Esmerelda, in Summer Stage’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She talks about what A Year with Frog and Toad meant to her!
Q: When you were in Frog and Toad, what did you get out of the show?
A: A Year with Frog and Toad was one of my first children’s theatre shows, and I was really, really scared. I was worried I was going to choke at auditions or mess up a dance move, but I did my best. Whenever I would look at a cast list I would look bottom up, but when the cast list came out I didn’t see my name and thought I didn’t make the show or something. I didn’t see my name until the top when it was listed next to the role of snail, and I could not believe it. That was my first lead ever.
Q: What was your favorite part of playing snail and being in Frog and Toad?
A: In the show, I sang the song “Coming Out of My Shell” and it’s funny because that show really did take me out of my own shell. I felt very, very confident in myself while performing this show. The show is about accepting those that are different than you, and I will always hold that show in a special place in my heart.
Q: What would you say is the most important lesson of Frog and Toad?
A: One of the biggest messages I’ve taken with me until today, is just the importance of friendship, and being there for each other. “Toad Looks Funny in a Bathing Suit” is a funny song, but you realize that everyone is kind of making fun of him. However, throughout the show, you learn that everyone’s different, we all have our own different personalities, but the important thing is to always be there for your friends, even when they’re down.
A Year with Frog and Toad is a classic children’s theatre play that I think both children and adults will enjoy because of the universal theme of the importance of friendship. Come see Frog and Toad!
Q: Can you just touch on your experience with Summer Stage?
A: I started as an apprentice, and it’s hard to believe now but I really was that shy kid who didn’t want to get involved. Apprentices, Rising Stars, Children’s Theater, Mainstage, even Shooting Stars, the whole experience was so surreal to me. Now I feel like I really did graduate the program because I reached teaching for Summer Stage. It’s crazy because I really do see myself in these children, it’s so amazing, I’m so grateful for Summer Stage.
A Year with Frog and Toad is our fifth Children’s Theater show of the summer taking the stage August 1-3 at Upper Darby Summer Stage. For tickets visit.