The musical begins at the beginning of the year, with Frog and Toad waking from hibernation in April (the chirping frogs in the wetlands behind my house have yet to wake up, they must be sleeping in like Toad). We follow them throughout the course of the year - planting a garden, swimming in the pond (even though "Toad looks funny in a bathing suit"), flying a kite, raking leaves, sledding down a hill. Pretty mild adventures, but done with such a sense of fun and friendship that it's impossible not to be charmed by them.
|the birds (Matthew Rubbelk, Traci Allen Shannon, and|
Autumn Ness, photo by Dan Norman)
|the old leaf-raking soft shoe (Bradley Greenwald and|
Reed Sigmund, photo by Dan Norman)
Like a year does as we get older, A Year with Frog and Toad zips by and is over before you know it. Clocking in at well under two hours, I would normally be complaining about the intermission. But kids need breaks, and when you throw cookies literally all over the stage (in one of the most delightfully fun moments of the show), an intermission is necessary. These two best friends will be around until June 18. Bring a little one or just go by yourself, as I did, and enjoy the simple beauty and charm of this wonderful show.