"Froggie Went A-Courting" southern style

Cast of 300 presenting "Polly Wolly Doodle"
Mar. 22, 2013 @ 05:09 AM

“Polly Wolly Doodle” is a rollicking celebration of southern songs and stories by Diane McEnnerney, featuring such familiar favorites as “Oh, Susanna,” “Skip to My Lu,” and, of course, “Polly Wolly Doodle."

Some familiar fairy tales will be retold by McEnnerney in the southern idiom, including her southern versions of “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Thumbelina.”

 Two of the musical numbers in the show are direct hand-me-downs from McEnnerney’s own grandmothers. As she explained, “My mother taught me a lullaby sung to her by her mother in the 1920's. The poetry is quaint and charming, and the tune seems to be her own. And the best part is that my great-niece Jena Metcalf will be singing this beautiful song handed down by her great- great-grandmother.

“Another family song is “Froggie Went A-Courtin’," McEnnerney said. "My paternal grandmother always sang it to a totally different tune than the one everyone knows, with an Irish-sounding refrain of ‘Too-ree-loo-ree loo.’ It was such a happy tune and so unique, I wanted to use it in something, and this show seemed like the perfect opportunity.”

 The song will be featured in “Polly Wolly Doodle” as a mini- opera, with Froggie, Miss Mousie, the little White Moth, Grasshopper, Bumblebee, June Bug, and all the other eccentric characters being brought to life by the talented young actors. 

The new musical has a cast of over 100 and a chorus of nearly 200, presenting people of all ages from all over the county.

The Choral Ensemble, which appears throughout the play, includes Laura Link, Jena Metcalf, Rebecca Quinton, Sheila Salyers and Jeane Watson.


Performance: Today at 7 p.m.

The Foundation, Isothermal

For tickets or information

Call the box office: 286-9990

Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.