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May 29, 2010|

A discussion with Phillip Pelletier and Amy Roloff about an upcoming theatrical project called "FROGTOWN!" that will benefit the Shriner's Children's Hospital.

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You're listening to -- interest over a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host -- Douglas. Today I have two guests with me I have Amy Roloff far returning champions on the show several times from the Amy Roloff. Charity foundation as well as the hit reality show little people big world on teal -- And we also have Philip appellate TA if he is the author and composer of the new musical program. That'll be performed on stage at the Aladdin theater Saturday June 5. Two shows 2 PM and 5 PM ten bucks for adults six bucks for kids you get that at the eleven. Peter box office or of course at Ticketmaster dot com thank you both for joining me. And I don't run that I appreciate it. Absolutely -- -- get things kicked off lets give our listeners a little bit of background on your cells and what you're doing for this musical -- town still playing good start. Sure well frog -- is a musical story that I. Who wrote and released as a storybook with -- CD inside. And now it's a story about a saxophone playing tadpole. Who travels throughout pond cold front council. And discovers different kind of music and it really is a story about cultural diversity told through different kind of music so the temple -- different groups of frogs. And jammed that would them with different styles of music and also learned about the differences between the frogs and -- to find it in your voice. Helping to teach children about diversity absolutely and Amy yourself. Well -- -- in regards to -- parent is that we need that support associated with fill up. Through our mutual person didn't -- little question and lo and behold you know -- doesn't get any -- country could be a hard disk. Mary Jean epic reform -- And you hold your infect other people who appreciate the differences in other and I thought it would -- with a different thousand -- It's really at different approach and I thought boy I'm on board a lot of. Yes it's -- in a lot of trouble. -- absolutely it's it's right in with kind of mission of your charity foundation. Yeah and and actually the other regions you know I don't charity foundation they need a lot charity. Foundation and give up our our mission did you reaching out the kid reaching out -- family. And obviously being a little -- saying you know the whole have a tricky about diversity. And learning how to -- your shall rule. And if I did -- to build a -- awful lot of people who -- there's -- qualities and other people what makes them unique. In appreciating that score which you're need to hit this will make it better. All right right and -- you are the founder of one world musical books Kennedy is this idea of books with CDs included. And what night in -- town where did that story comes from what was gonna your inspirations. Well the point that our administration was well a puddle. Looking into a puddle you know meter usually think about him that much but I was -- -- just staring up into the Poland a manager -- imagined a little frog an airplane a little -- And that really the I have to be sitting with the illustrator of the book. Berliner and it was raining. Looking at -- rainy pulp and I think it wouldn't be called there was a little frog up their -- -- little -- And she just. Imagine that Q would you like well how big night. It started drawing among -- on a on a napkin on the table and so you know -- used to have those initial drawings of little notes from you know. The waitress -- putting them over US we need more paper that became the book. But you know that's really the that was when it. Had dawned on me but it wasn't until later that I sort of reflected on really where dramatically it was coming from because so much as when you. Great something you don't really know exactly why you're doing just need to do that. Right and so looking back on it kind of became Clear Lake while this is really addressing -- I wrote about a month after nine elevenths. Oh wow yeah I just moved to Oregon from California and I'm from New York originally and so. That it was a bit you know huge event for everyone. And it was -- and very heavy for me I mean I knew people in those buildings and -- grew up in new York and put New York but I didn't think committed just sort of later I'm like well you know that's not an accident that it kicking heroin three weeks afterwards. Yeah I mean that was that was the time where you know as much as the country kinda came together in this insane amount of patriotism. There was also a lot of device of this going on. -- idea between the different cultures. Yeah and you know so amidst all that you know I think that had something. To do it fit you know and a sub conscious level and then for me also I do know that living in LA during the riots I was right sort of new flat not a flash point but. -- you know and Hollywood. Yeah -- some great to have you oh yeah oh yeah about that Circuit City that was on the news that they totally burned down that was not right downhill from my house I can watch it actually off. My bedroom window. See your ear like the Forrest -- of cultural disasters. I think if you thought the figure we ought to material are a lot more crowd out of Bethlehem excellent. Now -- Amy has just joined the cast of the show that'll be at the Aladdin theater on June 5. And also mentioned that the the event is going to be fundraising benefit for the trainers Children's Hospital which is excellent but let's talk a little bit about how this transitions from being the a book and CD into a state program. Yeah well you know I -- conceived it as a musical in my mind. And then release a that the books CD. And then and very quickly we got invited to visit schools and share the story with some local schools and it really sort of took off on its own. Said then that -- you know the teacher who invited. -- -- another teacher and all the sudden we're sort of on the circuit because they were so excited to have a spring in the show and I thought well. I'd like to be able to share this picture book. With a larger group of kids so they can actually don't see the pictures not just had me read it and hold up a book in the front of the room right so I created a movie and I'm a filmmaker. And so right created a a movie that would protect up on screen. Oh cool so that's yet that's became a multi media piece said. Really sort of transform it and you know we always have a musical performance is part of it and so we just put the cute together. And all the sudden relate well we have really have something it's exciting that as continue to evolve and and introducing animation and animation effects and vicious really really fun and and then. Has that whole world of upon. And all the different kinds of drugs come alive we put animated lyrics in the so kids can sing along and actually learn to read that same time in the classroom. And and that it's really become it's own multi media entity integrating their performers and that that became our first live stage show. Very very cool. You have a bevy of fantastic talented people in the show who else is in the program. Well we have a wonderful cast Amy is join this was a very excited to have her. As are now trading medical firefly. Program starts off where opening -- middle of the road which is an island or buckle. And she's incredibly here's Linda singing middle of the roads. Pants. Where fifty. That sounds great BS is wonderful we also have Chad and day singing above it all. It's high. -- -- of course took part in new issues with her sister Valerie. Very counted actor is also known as she would only original Land of the Lost its -- After. And we have our hip hop artist beat boxer extraordinaire 100 trumped. -- -- -- -- Hold on to say the economy into underneath the -- the blue. That's fantastic days. Great we have Patrick lamm is joining us on second thought he's actually the tadpole but the group is based -- to temple price wonderful musician. And we have Heather Christie could say incredible creative vocalist and chief finger onto the tracks. -- lead. As well as back on on many other songs into the big part of our country to big part of the school program I -- that's really that -- I do it together and she sings the ballads. Alone about finding your inner voice. These pains Zain you songs clinic comes on the sad news for me mom just and since the -- OK. Okay. All are planning to me. Beautiful song yes and that really has the front of Russia and coming together realizing at that point that they've all little it's not they may actually have in common because -- -- -- No matter no matter how to free are you all hope you'll have a few things in common and certainly everyone has at times when there all by themselves. Yeah and so in the story they come together at the end to end celebrate in the song pronto widgets on my -- stokes. That's the big selling them. We could play a track from how we opened the show which is actually a separate release so we're that is coming out called bedtime pretend both may -- this a good time just mention that. But here's a little samples from bedtime for tent -- Change. Time news. We know. This. Season. Then you can. Again man -- seen the news. And on -- land. Paying. In this. Ran there in beats you pollution and lists. I mean we know him. Berlin. Tease you. It's. Yeah. I mean. So that piece is called where the river meets the ocean and it's a an excerpt from. Our upcoming release -- time protect polls that Amy will be inheriting it very interesting CD it's followed the dream cycle. -- sleeping temple. He's also asleep on on his sleeve then he. Drifts down through the parliament to restrain and basically what follows the water cycle and is strains are informed by all the different places said he goes. So he goes down a stream we hear actual sounds of the stream in the forest and then. Sound of a waterfall. And -- goes. Down into the river any closer to the bigger river which brings them all the way down to the day and eventually with the day reaches the ocean where the river meets the ocean. And that's that's something and then in this story he goes out to the ocean and then has evaporated up into the -- And floats back to the -- -- began and is rained down where he started never except if you. So then there you your button images and story to -- piece of our ecology and then kids don't know how that works. Yeah exactly and you know it there is a scientific you know aspect to the water cycle of course but it's also about just appreciating the you know magic of nature and beat the music is. Sort of hypnotic and ambient so it's really. Let's go bad tempered sample to -- something you'd put on what you're going to had a lot of we've heard from a lot of parents and their kids play try count. You know before they -- -- -- governor governor Arnold so they let -- -- -- -- we're excited about it and it really has a very. That this song wherever we -- ocean is it's a very poignant song and it's very appropriate to of the kind of things that we've been discussing with Jamie about. Challenges that people with disabilities facing challenges that all people say it's particularly children in today's world and it is about. Facing those challenges and the courage that it takes people around them to say something that might be very difficult. So there's there's. And healing aspect to the song into the CD that where I'm working on which are very proud of. Hey that thing that I like -- such a teachable moment you know it right the kids that that her arraignment. And all sorts of things but you know is Philip developed feel like a study guide it guide I'm sure a lot of discussions -- going to collapse so that you incorporating talk about frogs got. Water cycle the river I mean there's so many dimensions to this that I malicious. The world I I I think it's awesome -- -- so many avenues are learned how this can be approached by people. Makes -- so relatable to children. Yeah it really does it really -- is what kid doesn't like death wish he could -- know being in the current pianist Sarah being a river throw rocks. Out things from that trip from the different cycles. Let's sounds like gave really fantastic program. -- are excited about it we also integrate local community members into the show from local schools. So these are performed at the Aladdin on June 5 we have students from Boise Eliot elementary school. That's the primary colors can chorus. -- that's awesome that. So again the local community in the show. Well we actually approached by the music teacher Becky -- and Barnes & Noble education presentation that we did back in 2009 and she was very enthusiastic and she wanted to be involved and so we just kept in touch and now the -- there. Performing on stage in the show. No you they lie angle so thrilled to be -- -- you know little -- counting and you can't angle. The talented people that are Indian called incorporating the community you know reaching out and you know some of performing -- Hartford schools and bring the community -- emboldening. The -- I need a wonderful phenomenal thing. And the top earning educating end -- is getting people Koppel about diversity in our show tomorrow each other at a etiquette -- it's got some. Absolutely now maybe you of course are on on television on little people big world. Have you ever done acting before. Yeah. It happened trainer formally clearly haven't any formal acting cool again. You know and anger and hurt that he knew leaving nothing I -- but nothing formally. Acting unless you call being -- schoolteacher and you know making a book come to life. Certainly there's certainly performance and there. Yeah but you know reading -- but nothing formulate. And try doing a narration the wind chill look and his team approached me I'd I'd want to educate people are. This has a little differently might mean got to be you know little market acted in a little more optimistic sightings aren't certain -- -- -- I'm sure I'll give it a try challenged you it into challenging and it -- -- -- outside my box but I'm glad he has confidence that I can yet say it's that a -- And then having me as a firefly character brought me back to my -- generally -- state Michigan. Good -- for my kids my kids there about five years ago or whatever. I have forgotten that Michigan has -- and that grill that my kids got us. The entire flight I thought. I thought that would be a perfect character for me in trying to count. Excellent we talked a lot about being involved in the school programs. But they know that struck tennis specifically diversity through music school program let's talk a little bit about that. Yeah that's something that we've developed around the one I didn't try accounts. Looks CD and we at this point we know we visited over fifty schools. A while and yeah and that's something -- developed along with Heather Christie would performer you can one achieve them. The voice of their last song we just turned the Burmese -- ocean. A beautiful beautiful singer as she joins me in our. -- secure music program. Where we share this story we lead up to do the actual multimedia presentation with the various aspects of my background. Chilling kids examples of you know like I've done a lot of I've -- -- com movies stop and television things and explaining sort of how my education my natural curiosity led to. Being able to do something like that and actually you know how does that how do you do it. You know how to get done so showing a little process. And they think that they recognize a lot of them and so much really fun for them to see someone who's a neighbor or someone who they can talk to. Who did -- not and it's another world. You know it comes to the television that they have no part -- -- you know to me like connecting the dots like they weakened not just only received. Television or movies or whatever the center came this week we can create them -- great Airpwn. Reality in -- sense and I think that that's it's important for kids to see that you know that they. Can realize that that's a possibility spend. The good sound behind it looks like -- reproach their -- exactly not assert -- -- data breach o'clock interaction so you're enter the for porn. But you get behind exploded do you know like your. Everything else down in -- and you know what you can do with all of that parent. For a good thing. And bill. You know be approachable and they get more hand turn and help these kids think B aren't just point eight points you know -- right all the other point in between. It becomes a whole experience. Yes -- double pro here so in our school program we lead up to. -- process of putting. Pro account together and really -- even the process of of of how many people are involved in collaborating and even denying them what collaboration means. Well -- content -- for teamwork right you know and that's simply don't know what collaboration with -- teamwork. And it can you know these are just. And then -- that lead up to performing it live for them and -- I do a reading and Heather performs the song send such as we have other cast members join us and it's very impact fallen in. You know a lot of candidates in a gymnasium or you know cafeteria right we turn the lights -- and we bring our lights and we project the movie up behind us send. Try and cast a spell and that you know it's amazingly -- good really really responded and afterwards. -- and should have could have questions and I might just say well I have one question for you guys what is -- -- -- and one -- one they charge to all. Piece it together and every school we've ever been to is different but they really you know work it out in -- -- language in their own prism of their own lives. And the issues in the in this story about not fitting in peer pressure you know if you wanna call prejudiced. Close mindedness beat a real issues for kids of all ages so I -- it it really speaks to them. And what states -- to connect the dots like oh well what happens to cab that cab pulled it has happened to me. Yeah -- and then they start to really get it and you know the empowering. Message is that in the story had. Gets rejected by these various groups because he's they want him to only like their music. And he doesn't understand this because he is a terrible and he loved all the different country music's so there's a thing going on politically in the bonds since he doesn't -- really get it so. They reject him and so he had to go off on his own and find his -- You know voicing their music that kind of really that there are free from the preconceptions of other people other -- Now the -- it -- also using these. Performances. Not just to promote frog town itself cleared you're taken money from these performances imported back into the community I know each one of these diversity through music programs you've done in over fifty schools so far. Our fundraisers for children's nonprofit charities. Actually -- of the book have been helping fund and the school programs like clarified that. And then leave these good. Group community shows which are the ones with like that we're doing the Aladdin rank those one -- is -- is -- surprising yet because we don't charge. You know ticket prices for the school programs. Of course I make sense this thing has yet. Excellence and then this particular program which again Saturday June 5 at 2 PM and 5 PM at the Aladdin theater tickets are ten bucks for adults six bucks for kids can get tickets at the Aladdin theater box office or at Ticketmaster dot com. This is a fund raiser for the trainers Children's Hospital. Yes it is trying to Children's Hospital very incredible organization and we're happy to be. Working with them it's amazing we know move to work they do. Yeah I've had them on the on the program before it is really really an incredible program. And then Amy and you have your own charity of the foundation of course. I know at this point as the charity foundation and -- town are not really. But working with each other than the fact the year in the cast but is there a future with -- -- perhaps the other. What kind of something that's celebrate their marketing arm and the special that she about the possibilities of how high in north. Being roll up charity foundation can partner with -- and you know they've carried it a little further or over the direction that help would like to go -- I mean it's cool it was just remarkable how we met if you're on mutual connection and then here we are reporting from the left engine that performance. She's trying her hospital and -- you know my future called then dinner and both proceeds go to shrine here also we learned that actually adjust. Different you know meant to be that connection on the go forward to talking to them about. You know teachers think and try count because I think it's an absolutely wonderful way to performance and what it Cox about what -- tried to. Help people understand especially at the kids' level and a perfect beginning to start to get an eighteen how kids can teach adults. In the you know very subtle way in this Philip describe the performance and especially the school going into the school. It's also safer way for kids to talk about these issues -- because they use this story a frog -- as fairway an opportunity to talk about it. Without it directly clinging to someone else who may also be -- -- -- future say you know except gingerly ejection and then. You know this is the way I feel but no one else is feeling -- think in the same way I do this show I I hope I'm definitely looking -- -- other opportunities were struck terror. And speaking of the future -- -- what's next for front town. Well as I mentioned the bedtime -- -- CD is coming out over the summer and we're actually working with. Amy for her -- recording on that which we're excited about it. And so that's what we're doing currently we're also continuing to tour there are live show we have a -- -- coming up on June 26 in -- ethnic nary a cool so cool auditorium. And then we're gonna be at the -- take care on August 30 two day. A lot of times when a piece of media -- our movie CD a book whatever is successful there's often sequel has her musical programme. Oh yeah we're we we've got the sequel going we have quite a few pro account releases coming the next book. Is tentatively titled adventures in front -- and had the tadpole. Continues his story and he actually makes a friend. He makes candidate dragonfly. Biggie and he also meet up with some that yes. Told them this -- -- snakes its editors of front of the NASCAR yeah and that story has an ecological theme and so they are trying to selloff the -- -- -- -- greedy developers slogans and and there are planet to move. Out of of departed into get literary and so yes. This and they are convincing the frog and this is a good idea. And had an eighty have to do commit -- -- -- otherwise and so it's it's it's so whimsical. You know try and take on a pretty serious topic and so we're we're looking forward to that. Well this -- sounds fantastic and congratulations on all the good -- you have been with some with the show in the book. And the CD and of course congratulations to you aiming for joining the cast. I'll thank you know I totally looking for a check and I were -- expect -- you know total sellout performances for the June try to -- show. Thank -- Connecticut I it. The people that are in that capped at a phenomenal yeah I I killed definitely privileged to be a target. -- sounds like a wonderful show evident to take your kids do well we are running out of time here Israel -- wrapping up thank you both for coming on the show today you'll thank you have -- -- and again the show is fraud town based on the book and CD one night in front town. It'll be performing at the Aladdin theater on Saturday June 5 2 PM and 5 PM two different shows ten bucks for adults six bucks for kids can get tickets at the Aladdin theater box office or at Ticketmaster dot com. Pretty jaded by the -- an advanced as I'm I'm sure they're gonna go quick. They have wanted to mention about the -- book CD itself where it's available -- people what an absolutely. It's available. New seasons markets on this season's title of front count needed -- source. And up Powell then they can be requested the borders and Barnes & Noble. And independent booksellers and also on our web site on line at frog -- central. Dot com and there's more info about all of our upcoming I intend to releases at www. Fraud counts central dot com. And of course you can find out more about Amy -- sturdy foundation it Amy Roloff CF dot -- Well thank you both again so much for coming on the show today. Thank you for high -- appreciate it. Absolutely great and that'll do it for another edition of metro scope Entercom communications public affairs program I think your host Ted Douglas if given nonprofit or public affairs organization they would like to let others know about please email me at microscope @entercom.com. And intercom starts with -- -- And please put microscope in the subject line so it doesn't get snagged by my spam filter. -- go directly to the station's website click on the community link and submit your information there also if you'd like -- this program again you can visit our podcast page -- microscope PX dot com -- you'll find this and the last couple months worth of episodes please feel free to post to -- FaceBook your MySpace your blog what have you is trying get this information out to as many people responsible. Thank you again both for joining me think -- so much for listening this has been -- still. Yeah.