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The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone

In a dull, gray, endless place called Cementland, there lived a very special boy…with a singular wish to find a treasure…

Adapted from the original book by Timothy Basil Ering
Adapted for the stage by Emily E. Coalson with Rogue Artists Ensemble
Directed by Sean T. Cawelti

Based on the book The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Timothy Basil Ering and featuring giant puppets, video projections and original songs! In a world made of cement lives a very special Boy, with a singular wish to find treasure. Amidst heaping piles of trash he finds a treasure box containing specks that could change the world forever, but only if he can unite with his new friends Rat, Rabbit and Fruit Fly. A special visitor appears called Frog Belly Rat Bone who protects the specks and in doing so teaches everyone the power of friendship.

Appropriate Age Range: K – 5th grade

Learning Objectives:
Students will experience the art of puppetry, how to make decisions for one self and learn that no one should listen to bullies.

Produced by special arrangement with Candlewick Press.

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Additional Credits

Current Cast (in alphabetical order)
Christina Aimerito-Fienberg, Amy Judd, Heidi Hillikaer, Tyler Stamets, Miles Taber, Thu Tran, Alex Walters
Puppet Design
Joyce Hutter, Sean T. Cawelti
Scenic Design
Katie Polebaum
Music Composed by
Tyler Stamets and John Nobori
Sound Design
John Nobori
Costume Design
Kerry Hennessy
Video Design
Brian White and Sean T. Cawelti

The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone is produced by Rogue Artists Ensemble and is made possible by the generosity of countless Rogue Supporters.

Booking Information

Bring The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone to your theater, school or community event! We offer a variety of performance options including full-scale productions with advanced technical elements (suitable for larger venues) and school assembly version for school auditoriums.

For detailed technical information on the show download the technical rider.

The Rogues are a part of Segerstrom Center’s Artist Showcase. Southern California schools should CLICK HERE to schedule a performance.

For more information or to book a performance, please contact:

(213) 596-9468 X12

Praise for Frog Belly

Praise for the original book:
New England Book Show, Juvenile Category Winner
New York Book Show, Children’s Trade Hardcover Winner
Nick Jr. Family Magazine “Best Books of the Year”

Special Thanks

Thanks to Target for sponsoring Frog Belly performances at elementary schools in Southern California.