Darling, cute, precious, adorable—all these synonyms and more apply to Children’s Theatre Company’s A Year with Frog and Toad.
However, the word that describes it most of all? Friendship.
A Year with Frog and Toad is a musical based on the children’s books. As you can guess from the title, this show takes audiences through a year (divided by the seasons) in the life of best friends, Frog and Toad, as well as some of their other animal pals.
Frog and Toad are different in many ways. Frog is calm and patient, while Toad is impatient and prone to worrying. Frog wakes up from his winter hibernation ready and raring to go, while Toad breaks his alarm clock rather than get up out of bed. Frog is confident, while Toad is self conscious. And the list goes on. However, despite their differences, the one thing they always agree upon—the most important thing, really—is that they are the best of friends. (Another thing they agree upon: Cookies are delicious.) Their relationship is straightforward and wholehearted—a great example for kids and a heartwarming story for adults.
This musical is simply a delight to listen to and watch. The mostly-rhyming songs are light and catchy, and may just get you clapping along. The set is beautiful, colorful, and interesting even in the “in-between” moments. The scenes depicted are not just seasonally appropriate, but perfect for all ages because they are simple enough for little ones to understand but won’t bore adults. The humor translates to all ages as well, inducing genuine laughs from the entire audience, crowd favorites being the progress of Snail delivering the mail (even though you wouldn’t think a snail would make a good postman) and an epic cookie food fight.
A Year with Frog and Toad debuted at CTC in 2002 and then went on to Broadway where it was nominated for three Tony Awards. Back at CTC after 10 years, it’s a show you and your family won’t want to miss.
We all deserve a friend who loves us as Frog and Toad love each other: unconditionally. Old, young, or in-between, everyone can relate to Toad’s struggles, everyone would do well to follow Frog’s sage advice, and everyone can find a good model to follow in the selfless friendship between the two.
Photo credits: Dan Norman
Book Your Tickets:
A Year with Frog and Toad
April 18 – June 18
Children’s Theatre Company
2400 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Running Time: 1.5 hours +15 intermission