Monday, November 21, 2011

Seattle Children's Theatre presents A Year with Frog and Toad

On Friday night, my family had the great privilege of attending another opening night performance at the Seattle Children's Theatre. This time we were there to see A Year with Frog and Toad. Here's a bit about this play, from the SCT website:

A Broadway Musical for the Whole Family!

Eternally optimistic Frog and perpetually conservative Toad adventure through the seasons in this Broadway musical. The friends plant flowers, swim, enjoy Christmas Eve and simply celebrate the little things in life. Ordinary events become delightfully humorous escapades as a sled ride instills the range of emotions from trepidation to comic terror and a snail trudges through snow with the most elongated mail delivery. This friendship triumphs through challenges and sends a heart-warming holiday message to whole family.

Play Synopsis

A Note from Artistic Director Linda Hartzell:
These are important themes for young children: how to empathize with others, practice random acts of kindness, face our fears and celebrate the diversity in personalities. But it feels like the furthest thing from a moral lesson with this toe-tapping, laugh aloud celebration.

I grew up reading and enjoying the Frog and Toad books, and I was really excited to introduce my kids to these two great characters.  And what an introduction it was! This play is really, really well done. The acting is superb, the music is great, the songs are fun, and there's lots to laugh about.  My entire family had a great time watching this musical- several times during the performance I looked over and saw both my husband and my son laughing hysterically at the same thing. When a play can entertain a  44-year-old and a 4-year-old equally well, that's a great show! Even my cranky 2 1/2-year-old who hadn't napped and was up past her bedtime sat and watched the whole play and laughed and smiled.  On our walk home we had a great time talking about our favorite scenes and characters, and all four of us agreed that we'd had a wonderful time.

A Year with Frog and Toad will be showing at the Seattle Children's Theatre now through January 15th. If you're in the Seattle-area, I highly recommend that you check it out. 

Disclosure: I received tickets for my family to attend this show. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

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