‘Frog and Toad’ an impressive production

By Sydney Fischer
Special to the Times-News

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Debbi Monahan, left, and Laura Chriscoe, right, star in Studio 1's "A Year with Frog and Toad." [Tami Kress / Special to the Times-News

Studio 1′s “A Year with Frog and Toad” is a musical adaptation of Arnold Lobel’s “Frog and Toad” books.
It features performers ages 8 to 10, who only had two weeks to learn their lines and choreography as part of a summer camp.
Frog (Madelyn Brinn) and Toad (Jack Mullen) encounter birds, moles, lizards, mice, turtles and squirrels during their travels.
Though Frog and Toad are the main characters, all of the animals get a chance to shine. Any show would not be possible without a supportive ensemble, and though these kids are young, they offer great support to their leads. Everyone in the show has a place, a spot and a purpose, which is such a wonderful theater lesson to learn.
Friendship, loyalty and forgiveness are all themes in this production. Not only do the cast members get to learn about the process of putting on a show, but their unique characters teach the importance of friendship.
Audiences will definitely adore this show. While the sweet voices of the young campers are sure to generate smiles, their vocals are also impressively strong. Even the choreography and dancing is fun for the kids to perform and audiences to watch.
Some standout performances include Jack Mullen (Toad); Madelyn Brinn (Frog); and Nora Fisher (Mouse).
It is an amazing display of talent and storytelling.
NOTE: This show is suitable for all ages.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. July 19-20, 2019 and 2 p.m. July 20-21 in the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre at Studio 1, Holly Hill Mall and Business Center, 309 Huffman Mill Rd., Burlington. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more details, call 336-534-0321.

Sydney Fischer is a rising junior at Eastern Alamance High School.

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