Thursday, May 13, 2010

Amy Roloff joins the cast of Frogtown!; in support of Shriners childrens hospital in Portland, Oregon

Amy Roloff is supporting Shriner's Children Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

She was at the ribbon cutting for the opening of the new wing of the Shriner's facility in Portland.

Amy has mentioned that Shriner's is one of organizations the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation is supporting with her Golf Tournament and benefit later this summer.
Amy will be a part of another fundraiser for Shriner's; she has joined the cast of Frogtown! According to their website, "One Night In Frogtown" is a musical that teaches cultural diversity and racial tolerance through music. Amy will be performing Saturday June 5th. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children.

National TV Star joins FROGTOWN!
Amy Roloff joins Award-winning Diversity Musical

Portland, OR - Amy Roloff, star of TLC's TV series "Little People, Big World" is joining the cast of ONE NIGHT IN FROGTOWN, an All Ages Musical (With Frogs!) The national award-winning musical will be performing on Saturday June 5th at 2PM and 5PM at The Aladdin Theater. This celebration of diversity told through music is based on Emmy-Winning Author/Composer Philip Pelletier's acclaimed musical storybook, and features a star-studded Oregon cast: Grammy nominee Patrick Lamb, Oregon Music Hall of Famer Andy Stokes, beat-boxer extraordinaire Fogatron, chanteuse Shannon Day, and acclaimed vocalist Heather Christie. The event is a fund-raising benefit for the Shriners Childrens Hospital.

"We're thrilled to have Amy join FROGTOWN.", say Pelletier. "She is passionate about diversity, so Frogtown's theme really speaks to her. Amy's talent, humor and energy are fantastic". The show will also feature special guest performers from Boise-Eliot Elementary School, with direction by Pelletier. This all-new FROGTOWN production will feature the Portland Premier of FROGTOWN's upcoming CD release "Bedtime For Tadpoles".

Tickets are $10 adults, $6 kids and are available at the Aladdin Theater box office and online at: Author/Composer Philip Pelletier and the cast will be signing copies of the award-winning book/CD after each show, which will be available for purchase. One Night In Frogtown was recently awarded the National 2009 Gold IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award), and the 2009 National Gold Moonbeam Children's Award, marking the the first time an Northwest publisher has won these prestigious children's awards.

FROGTOWN's Spring Tour kicked off with 2 sold-out shows in Ada, Oklahoma on March 23rd, Eugene on April 1st, Portland's Mission Theater on April 8th, LiveWire Radio/OPB, White Salmon on April 13, Raleigh Hills on April 20th, Monmouth on April 22, Hood River MS Auditorium on May 8th, and continues with Portland's Aladdin Theater on June 5th and Salem's McNary Auditorium on June 26th. Coming on the heels of FROGTOWN's national showcases in Boise, ID and Pittsburg, PA, the show is proving so popular that it is fast becoming an annual event in venues throughout the country.

FROGTOWN has grown from an award-winning book/CD into an acclaimed Live Musical Stage Show performing throughout the country, and a multi-media school program called "Diversity Through Music", which has been successfully presented in over 50 schools throughout Oregon. FROGTOWN Stage Shows are fund-raisers for children's non-profit charities, including Shriners Childrens Hospital, Children's Cancer Association, Astoria Children's Museum, CASA, and the Hood River School District.


Lisa said...

Way to go, Amy! There's nothing she won't do. Amy never stops giving back.

Greg said...


Shriners is a great thing. I'm glad she's supporting it.

But the!

Teaching cultural diversity and racial about caring and doing something when Jeremy was using racial slurs and mocking gay people?

That would have been a good way to teach racial tolerance and cultural diversity. Not have your kid using slurs and when you do find out, you don't even make him actually own up to it and apologize.

Sheri said...

Greg, that was uncalled for. The Roloffs can't win with people like you.

This isn't about Jeremy James Roloff! Let it go!

This is about Amy giving back and raising money for charities because she is a Christian who understands that God's purpose for us is to think about more than just ourselves.

If she wasn't supporting racial diversity, people like you would probably use that to call them racist.

When will people understand that being opposed to homosexuality does not prevent someone from being pro-diversity? Homosexuality is a behavior that is wrong. Do you support people doing cocaine? If you don't, according to that logic, you are against diversity.

Jennifer said...

Greg, for the most part I agree with Sheri.

Take what Amy is doing at face value. Every time the Roloffs do something good for the community, you don't need to go back to Jeremy.

I don't support Jeremy's behavior, but that rests on Jeremy and his experience as a teenager. It wasn't Amy. It is up to Jeremy to learn from it and develop or not develop further understanding. It was Jeremy's mistake, not Amy's.

Many kids and families have been helped by Shriner's hospitals. Doing a musical that teaches to respect diversity while raising money is a good thing to do regardless of Jeremy's language or behavior as a teenager.

Leviticus said...

" Homosexuality is a behavior that is wrong. Do you support people doing cocaine? If you don't, according to that logic, you are against diversity."

Asinine to even compare the two.

I love how some people pick and chose which parts of the bible they support, while disregarding or downplaying other parts.

Shadow said...

I'm glad Amy is participating in a show that encourages diversity and respect for others. And I'm pleased she is supporting the Shriners' hospital, even though Matt apparently does not respect their work.

As Jeremy's mother, perhaps she could insist he attend a performance of Frogtown. That is one way parents help their children learn and understand proper and respectful behavior. :>

Jocelynn said...

Shadow, I agree. I'm stunned that Matt apparently hates Shriners and is against this. Shriners is a blessing for so many families.

Has anyone ever seen Frogtown? Any Oregonians?

Rap541 said...

Jocelynn - having read Matt's first book, I must say he has reason for his anger - things were a lot different in the sixties and he seems to have a lot of bad memories of the hospitals.

That said, its not the 1960s and the Shriners Hospitals do help a lot of families and are not as he remembered. I hope he can figure out how to let it go.

Shadow said...

Rap - just curious (but not enough to read the book). Does Matt think his surgeries were botched, does he feel he was mistreated, does he think he got sub-standard care? What exactly was his bad experience with Shriners?

Also, did Matt's dad feel he was receiving sub-standard care or being mistreated? If so, why would they have continued to go there? I know Shriners' care is provided completely free to families. Was that a factor? If so, seems like Matt should be mad at his dad as well as the hospital...

As I said, just mildly curious...

Rap541 said...

Its been a while since I read the book. I don't remember substandard care complaints but that the hospital's policy was basically to put sick kids in total isolation. Like... *once a month* visits by the parents, very strictly enforced and doctors who didn't really know what was wrong so they would do stuff to see if it would work. Basically in the olden days, parents wererequired to pretty much shut up and let the doctors make the decisions and when you weren't paying for te service, things were doubly harsh. Yes, I do think cost was an issue - Matt recounted in detail how frustrated his father would get at tax time because every year he had to provide mountains of proof that three of his four kids were disabled. One thing he recounted - and its been a while so I might be off on the details, that at one point the other brother Joshua was very close to death while Matt and Sam were both hospitalized and it was a huge HUGE issue to let the two of them have a very brief, at the time possibly FINAL visit with their brother. SO I do understand where some of the resentment might lie. I just don't know how different things would have been at diffrent hposptals.

M said...

Wow I don't say this often... Poor Matt...correction poor little Matt.

Shadow said...

Okay, the experience was unpleasant. Even miserable. I get that.

What has Matt done to change anything? Has he made any efforts (other than whining about it in his book) to get involved? I'm sure the Shriners would welcome another dedicated volunteer.

What did his dad do to try to change anything when Matt was being treated? Wasn't Ron a big, bad Marine? And he didn't have the nerve to stand up to a doctor and say "I'm going to take my son to see his dying brother?" What would they have done? Arrested him?

Or was it the free treatment? Maybe Ron wasn't willing to speak up because then he wouldn't be able to afford the care Matt and his brothers needed? I would gladly do "mounds" of paperwork in exchange for FREE medical care.

I'm sorry Matt had a sucky childhood. But to hold onto a hatred like that for years doesn't seem very Christian to me. Especially when the people and organization who are the targets of that hatred were doing what they thought was best at the time, and everyone else seemed to think so, too.

Were other hospitals different? Can't say. I know when my brother was born that dads weren't allowed in the delivery room, and no one but dad could go see mom and baby in the hospital. My dad would take us over and have my mom wave at us from the window, because we weren't allowed above the first floor.

Matt, I think it's time to get to a therapist, and work out some of your issues.

Kapper said...

Shadow, I agree. And Sheri? You just plain amuse me