Watertown Children's Theatre presents
Broadway Bootcamp Jr.
A Frog Named Sam
Broadway Bootcamp Jr. is a new, exciting opportunity for our youngest students to collaborate towards the production of the charming musical A Frog Named Sam by beloved local children’s musician Ben Rudnick.
Live performance in the Black Box Theater
Friday July 19, 11 am & 4 pm
Admission is free but space is limited.
Please reserve a spot in advance!
NOTE: The 4pm performance is SOLD OUT
Music and Lyrics by Ben Rudnick
Additional Music and Lyrics by Sue Smith
Book by Augusta Supple
Ben Rudnick began writing family music for his daughter’s fourth birthday party. Before long the idea of recording a collection of songs for families was hatched and “Emily Songs” was born. Ben and his friends started playing these songs and unique spins on well known favorites from the likes of Bill Monroe, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, The Beatles and the Grateful Dead in libraries and town greens and soon found themselves in much larger and more diverse venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center and Boston’s Hatch Shell. With repeat engagements at notable venues such as Club Passim and Café Lena, Lowell’s Boarding House Park, and theaters, museums and celebrations from Maine to Colorado, the band’s reputation for exciting live shows solidified. As this was written following the summer of 2018, Ben Rudnick and Friends have played over 900 shows.
Since 2000, a total of twelve recording projects were completed, garnering dozens of awards and four-star reviews in publications such as People and Downbeat Magazine. The recording, A Frog Named Sam, released in 2009, brought national acclaim.
A unique component of Ben’s songwriting is the creation of characters and their stories. Two of these characters, Sam the frog and Tripp the alien, are the main characters in A Frog Named Sam – The Play. Written by Australian playwright Augusta Supple, the play tells the story of Sam and Tripp’s adventure across the galaxy to save Sam’s pond, which has fallen into disrepair.
Ben continues to perform steadily with Ben Rudnick and Friends and also with Don’t Tell Jack, a band celebrating the finger style blues based music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Jorma Kaukonen.
Augusta Supple is a theatre director, playwright and creative producer, based in Sydney Australia. With nearly 15 years experience she has worked with Australia’s leading directors and playwrights in creating new theatrical works for children and young people. Over a period of more than ten years she has collaborated on twelve new musical projects with Canadian singer songwriter Sue Smith and International designer Barbara Bryce to create unique, bespoke musical performance scripts designed to be performed by Children aged 6-12 years. With titles including Home is where your Honey is…, The School for Stars and Ruby Tuesday and the Magic Carpet Ride, Augusta has contributed to Season Singers: a theatrical choir for children has a catalogue of 11 original musicals to encourage and inspire young performers and audiences.
With a passion for child-lead art and a practice underpinned by a philosophy of creating ethical change in the world, Augusta’s musicals for young audiences often focuses on dynamic female protagonists, environmental consciousness and an appreciation of diversity and social inclusion. She was on the Board of Directors for Shopfront Theatre for young People – Australia’s oldest youth arts co-operative (2008-2014), the founding artistic director of the Guelph Youth Theatre in Canada (2004-2005), the Artistic Director of new play festivals Brand Spanking New Festival of New Writing (2008-2010), Mayday Playwrights Festival (2013) and recently was the Assistant Director of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (2012-2014) a multi-arts centre that hosts the Way Out West Festival for Children. The only free Contemporary Arts Festival for children in Sydney. Augusta is thrilled to be working with Ben Rudnick on “A Frog Named Sam,” an adventure story that explores the joys of achieving sustainability in friendships, the natural environment and always maintaining your curiosity.