Originally created 01/19/01

'Frog Prince' puts new twist on old tale



Carolyn Cope, an associate professor and director of theater at Augusta State University, spends a lot of time with students taking a critical look at plays, analyzing characters and a playwright's intent.

That hard-edged approach gets pushed out of the way when Ms. Cope dons her children's theater director's cap.

"It's a ball. It's a lot of fun," said Ms. Cope, who will make her Storyland Theatre directoral debut with The Frog Prince. "It's a great release. It's sort of a combination of all the best aspects of theater. There's a direct appeal, and you get so much back from the audience."

The Frog Prince will be performed at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Jan. 26, at Augusta State University's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $3.50 per student, and reservations are required.

A family matinee will be staged at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Tickets are $4 per person, and reservations are not required. For more information, call 736-3455.

Written by David Bartlett, The Frog Prince is a twist on the old fairy tale of the prince who is turned into a frog and can become a prince again only if kissed by a princess.

Barbara Lynne Feldman, executive director of Storyland Theatre, plays Madame La Crock in the play. She said the puppet Phineas the Frog is one of her favorite characters.

"Will (Greene) is a fabulous puppeteer," she said. "When you watch Phineas, you stare at the frog and you think it's a real frog. It's just adorable."

Just for fun

What: The Frog Prince, presented by Storyland Theatre

When: 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Jan. 26, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Augusta State University's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way

The basics: Tickets are $3.50 per student for Tuesday-Jan. 26, and reservations are required; $4 per person for Jan. 28, no reservations required. Call 736-3455.

Kids calendar

7 and 8 tonight and Saturday night:
Follow the Drinking Gourd show at Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, University of South Carolina Aiken; $4 general admission, $3 for seniors and $2 age 4 through high school; (803) 641-3654.

10 a.m. to noon Saturday:
Make a clay pot bee at Michaels Arts and Crafts, 211 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; 738-9330.

10 a.m. to noon Saturday:
Printmaking family workshop at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St., $5 for one adult and one child; $1 for each additional child; 722-5495.

9 a.m. Saturday:
Super Sitters baby-sitting clinic, for age 11 and older; St. Joseph Hospital Family Life Center, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; topics include first aid, CPR and child development; $15; 481-7604.

1 p.m. Saturday:
Children's activity time, Borders Books and Music, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, 737-6962.

Reach Charmain Brackett at (803) 441-6927 or czbrackett@hotmail.com.