In 2012, Bellingham theater company The Neighborhood Playhouse produced “A Year with Frog and Toad,” a delightful adaptation of Arnold Lobel’s classic children’s story, written by Lobel’s daughter, Adrienne Lobel, under the direction of artistic director Lizanne Schader and starring the imitable Jim Lortz and Schader’s husband, Montana-born Jerry McGarity, in the starring roles.
McGarity plays Frog and Lortz plays Toad. The duo reprise their roles for two weekends beginning Saturday, Jan. 3, at Bellingham Theatre Guild. McGarity shares more about himself:
After college, I acted with the Virginia City Players, the Missoula Children’s Theater and at the Guthrie in Minneapolis.
When my wife, Lizanne, and I were looking for a great place to raise our two daughters, Bellingham naturally wound up at the top of the list: The water, the hills, the volcano on the eastern horizon. We moved here in 2001 and are still loving it.
My parents were my greatest supporters along the way and attended every show I ever did.
Professionally, I was cast in “Das Barbecu,” a wonderful new musical by Scott Warrender and Jim Luigs, in 1994, which I performed at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City.
It’s very exciting – now all we need is a home!