Arts & Humanities

Family Friendly Show, 'A Year With Frog and Toad,' Comes to USU

A story of friendship is presented in "A Year With Frog and Toad," a family-friendly musical presented by USU's Theatre Arts Department. From the USU production are Frog (left) played by Gian Console and Toad played by Kurt Haaker.

A Year With Frog and Toad, a musical written by brothers Robert (music) and Willie (book and lyrics) Reale, based on the children’s stories written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel, will take stage at the Caine Lyric Theatre Dec. 7 and 9-11 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.

“I’m thrilled to be directing the show as it’s a lovely retelling of Arnold Lobel’s classic series of ‘Frog and Toad’ books, books my wife and I read to our own children,” A. Bryan Humphrey, the show’s guest director said. “The musical storytelling and charm of the show is simple, straightforward and delightful.”

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

“We watch the friends as they wake up from their winter hibernation and go out to embrace the new spring with gardening, swimming, sharing the joy of being alive outside with friends, baking delicious cookies at home, flying a kite and dealing with fall leaves,” Humphrey said. “Then, on a rainy night, Frog tells Toad a scary story that’s followed by their winter adventure of sledding down a hill. Their adventures come to an end on Christmas Eve with gifts and hot chocolate and preparation for hibernation.”

Throughout the play, we meet friends of Frog and Toad, including birds, moles, a turtle, mouse, lizard and shy, retiring snail whose life is transformed by the assignment of delivering a letter.

“The play reveals a true friendship that has its ups and downs but rests on a foundation of kindness, respect, honesty and compassion,” said Humphrey. “It is a story that by its very nature deals with how we relate to others and to our walking through the world together.”

Humphrey said the USU students he’s worked with on the performance have been well-trained, friendly, insightful, hard-working singers, actors, designers and technicians.

Music direction for the production is by Luke Shepherd.

A Year With Frog and Toad is presented by USU’s Theatre Arts Department and is a family friendly show. In a nod to that, evening performances begin 30 minutes earlier than normal. Curtain time for evening performances is 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 9-11 (no evening performance Dec. 8). There is a 2 p.m. matinee performance Dec. 12, with no evening performance. The production is appropriate for those age 5 and above. The length of the show makes it inadvisable for children younger than 5 or those who cannot sit still without talking for long periods.

Performances are presented at the Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center Street in downtown Logan. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 youth, $6 for groups of 5 or more and free for USU students with ID. For more information or tickets, contact the CCA Box Office in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022, or see the Caine College’s Production Services website.

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Writer and contact: Whitney Schulte, (435) 797-9203, whitney.schulte@usu.edu

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