REVIEW:A Year With Frog and Toad

You can’t go wrong with most shows at the Children’s Theater and “A Year with Frog and Toad” is no exception. This heartwarming production, based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books, captivated both young and old alike with its charm and enchanting storytelling.

If you loved this book as a child, or as a parent, or grandparent – you will be delighted to be transported into the world of Frog and Toad. The set made the show and took you straight into the pages of the childhood classic. The larger-than-life garden backdrop and butterflies were magical. And the growing of the “garden” on stage was a delight.

From the moment Frog (played with warmth and charm) and Toad (portrayed with endearing quirks and humor) graced the stage, their friendship became the heart of the show. Their camaraderie was infectious, drawing the audience into their world of simple pleasures and profound lessons.

When we got to the curtain call, my daughter was shocked to learn there were only five actors in the play. The small cast put on an amazing array of characters. From the mischievous birds to the troublemaking turtle, to the stellar snail – the actors’ energy and enthusiasm were contagious, inviting the audience to laugh, sing, and clap along with the delightful ensemble.

But the best part of “A Year with Frog and Toad” was its timeless message of friendship and acceptance. Through Frog and Toad’s journey, audiences young and old were reminded of the importance of kindness, loyalty, and embracing one’s unique quirks. It was a gentle reminder that, no matter the challenges we face, we can always find strength and solace in the company of good friends. So hop on over to the Children’s Theater in Minneapolis and join Frog and Toad on their unforgettable adventure!

Now through June 16, 2024.

Review by Tracy Whitney; photo by Glen Stubbe