Make some time to spend ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’

Reviewed by Sabrina Otero
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

The cast of "A Year With Frog and Toad" rehearses recently. / Sabrina Otero, Times-News correspondent

Lights illuminated the stage as birds sang about their recent return from having flown “south for the winter,” thus letting the audience know that Studio 1’s and Arts Alive’s performance of “A Year with Frog and Toad” was about to begin.
   Based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books, the two protagonists Frog (portrayed by Tim Brown) and Toad (Mark Armstrong), entertained those in attendance during a recent rehearsal with a dual dream sequence that included “razzle dazzle” hats and infectious lyrics reminiscent of a Broadway show. 
      Shortly afterward, Frog awakened Toad who gently asked him for his shoe. A still sluggish Toad then proceeded to clumsily break his own clock while trying to subdue the blaring alarm that threatened to rob him of his precious sleep. This catastrophic event prevented poor Toad from knowing the accurate time of day for much of the play and served as an amusing running gag throughout the show.
   Toad got the idea to plant a garden in front of his house and Frog provided the seeds. Unfortunately, Toad’s impatience got the better of him and hilarity ensued — he attempted to sing, recite poetry and even do an interpretative dance to urge his seeds to take root and grow. One of the more memorable moments included a scene that featured Toad in a bathing suit.
   “A Year with Frog and Toad” is a must-see show if you value humorous dialogue, catchy tunes and the chance to see great local talent on stage. Directed by Alison Williams, this is a family friendly musical that will have your loved ones consistently laughing at the characters’ hijinks and antics. 
   Show times are 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and Nov. 8-10 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 11 at Arts Alive Studio, 335 South Main St., Burlington. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be purchased between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays at Studio 1, 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington, or by calling (336) 534-0321. For more information, visit www.studio1online.org.

Sabrina Otero is a home-schooled sophomore and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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