This season opening was TOAD-ally FROG-tastic! Smarties, get your calendars out and set a date. This is a must see with your little ones.
This year’s season at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte centers around the theme of community and acceptance. A Year with Frog and Toad was the perfect season opener. It celebrates best friends that couldn’t be more different than each other. Frog is the easy going, friendly, happy go lucky friend. Toad is the cranky, grumpy, more complacent friend. Their personalities balance each other perfectly! The audience gets a glimpse of how their friendship grows as they are confronted with different situations that take place during the different seasons throughout the year. I could give you more detail — but I do not want to give away the charm of this adorable musical! It is a must see, I promise! The cast and crew are amazing. My little smarty crew’s eyes were glued to the stage from start to finish.
Make it a Smarty adventure. Get tickets to an afternoon or evening show. Take the Light Rail. Last stop and you are there! Grab a bite, explore Imaginon and catch the play. We did — and it was tooooo much fun! Two Smarty Moms and 6 little smarties –4 girls ranging from 2nd to 5th grade & 2 preschool age boys. It was the perfect evening.
At the night’s end, I interviewed each of the little smarties. And this is what they said:
“My favorite part of the play is the snail. You know how she is really slow and she took, like, three seasons to get to Toad’s mailbox…. and the part at Christmas when Toad receives his letter”. Sarah, Age 8
“My favorite part of the play is when they were eating cookies, and they were eeeeeeaaaating cooooooookies, eeeeeeeating cooooookies”. Ginger, age 10
“My favorite part of the play when snail was delivering everything and the garden”. Joslin, age 8
“My favorite part was when Toad was gardening”. Elizabeth, age 10
“My favorite part was everything.” Christopher, age 4.
“My favorite part was frogs.” Jack, age 4.
They couldn’t stop talking about all the different scenes. They even renacted a couple of them.
I give A Year with Frog and Toad at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte the pink and green stamp of approval. There is a reason it was nominated for Three Tony Awards including Best Musical. #smartyapproved #smartyadventure #stampedpinkandgreen
Music By: Robert Reale
Books and Lyrics by: Willie Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
Director & Choreographer: Ron Chisholm
Music Director: Drina Keen
Costume Design: Courtney Scott
Sound Design: Jason Romney
Scenic Design: Jim Gloster
Lighting Design: Eroc Winkemwerder
Stage Manager: Hazel Doherty