LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Center for the Arts Children's Musical Theater production of "The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad" will open on the LPCA stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.
Additional performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for students under 18.
This will be a curtain call for director Jessica Deeb, who has led LPCA Children's Musical Theater productions for the last 25 years. Assistant director McCayla Quinn, who started with these shows as an actor at age 6, has agreed to direct starting next year. Deeb plans to assist Quinn while phasing out over the next couple of years.
"The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad" includes 45 students, none older than eighth grade, from Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Keene, Lake Clear, Bloomingdale and Rainbow Lake. They include Simon Thill (Lake Clear) as Mr. Toad, John Holmlund (SL) as Rat, Abbie Wolff (SL) as Mole and D.J. Morgan (Blomingdale) as Badger.
The weasels are Jesse Izzo (LP), Forrest Monroe (SL), Lucy Thill (Lake Clear), Grace Carlson (LP), Dayna Bearce (SL), Sydney Dann (SL), Grace Erickson (LP), Ellen Lansing (LP), Lindsey McCreadie (SL), Marley Small (SL), Ruby Smith (SL) and Gemma Cantwell (Wilmington).
The field mice are Parker Scanio (LP), Felonica Kirkham (SL), Christabelle Kirkham (SL), Sage Kite-Whidden (SL), Anthony Samperi (SL), Maya Silverstein (Keene), Ayla Small (SL) and Emma VanWeelden (SL).
The foxes and neighbors are Kate Broderick (LP), Morgan Olsen (Bloomingdale), Katie Samperi (SL), Olivia Oesch (SL), Erica Swirsky (Rainbow Lake), Lindsey Rath (LP), Emma Peer (SL) and Ellie Bousquet (LP).
Rounding out the cast are Ayla Buerkett (SL), Jackson Small (SL), Lily Ervin (SL), Sylvia Linck (SL), Will Holmlund (SL), Katie Villani (Wilmington), Andrew Scanio (LP), Rosemary Crowley (SL), Griffin Smith (SL), Sarah Samperi (SL), Jillian Duffy (Bloomingdale), Morgan Broderick (LP), Eleanor Crowley (SL) and Natalie Orman (SL).
This production is funded in part by the Lake Placid Education Foundation and the Joy to the Children Benefit, and is presented in cooperation with Rising Star Productions.
For more information and reservations, call the Arts Center at 518-523-2512.