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A Year With Frog and Toad opens today!

Posted by Sarah Kolb on February 02nd 2017 to Center News


The cast of the Arvada Center’s spring children’s theatre production are ready to hop, slither, crawl and fly their way across stage! A Year With Frog and Toad, an adaption of the beloved children’s stories by Arnold Lobel, opens today.


Brandon Bill (Frog) and Matt LaFontaine (Toad) – all photos M. Gale Photography 2017

The musical features bright, intricate costumes and an upbeat and humorous score. It’s perfect for kids of all ages.

Arnold Lobel’s daughter Adrianne Lobel commissioned a musical based on her father’s treasured characters, a friendly Frog and uptight Toad. It was written by a pair of brothers, Robert and Willie Reale, and Adrianne Lobel designed the original set based on her father’s art.


Maggie Tisdale, Carter Smith, Lindsay Weidig, Ben Griffin and Melissa Morris (left to right)

The musical broke new ground by bringing professional children’s theatre to Broadway and was nominated for 3 Tony Awards – including Best Musical.

A Year With Frog and Toad follows the woodland adventures of two amphibious friends, a worrywart toad, and a perky frog, with their assorted colorful hopping, crawling and flying companions, over the course of a year.


Lindsay Weidig, Carter Smith, Maggie Tisdale, Ben Griffin and Melissa Morris

The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.


Brandon Bill (Frog) and Matt LaFontaine (Toad)

The jazzy, upbeat score of A Year with Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical for the whole family. A Year With Frog and Toad opened February 2, and it runs until May 19. For details on performance dates and to purchase tickets, visit our website.

Accessibility is important to our children’s theatre program. Select performances of A Year With Frog and Toad will be Audio Described for the sight impaired, and Shadow performed for the hearing impaired. Shadow – interpreted theatre utilizes specially trained American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to perform as “shadows” on stage alongside actors.


A Year With Frog and Toad Cast

Brandon Bill – Frog
Matt LaFontaine – Toad
Melissa Morris – Mouse, Ensemble, Lady Bird, Squirrel, Mole
Ben Griffin – Lizard, Ensemble, Man Bird, Squirrel, Mole
Lindsay Weidig – Ensemble, Lady Bird, Squirrel, Mole
Maggie Tisdale – Turtle, Ensemble, Lady Bird, Squirrel, Mole
Carter Smith – Snail, Man Bird, Mole

The music is directed by David and Julie Payne, with musical direction by Keith Ewer and choreography by Piper Arpan. The Arvada Center Artistic Producer is Rod A. Lansberry.


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