Hanover College Theatre to present children’s musical “A Year with Frog and Toad”

A Year with Frog and Toad

Famed children’s storybook characters come to life as the Hanover College Theatre presents the musical adaptation of “A Year with Frog and Toad.”

Suitable for all ages, “A Year with Frog and Toad” is a charming tale of friendship. After waking in the spring from their hibernation, Frog and Toad set out on adventures, including planting a garden, raking leaves and sledding. Along the way, the best friends learn life lessons and celebrate the differences that make them unique.

Inspired by American author Arthur Lobel’s “Frog and Toad” series of children’s books, the musical was commissioned by Adrianne Lobel, the creator’s daughter. “A Year with Frog and Toad” was written by composer Robert Reale and his brother, Willie Reale, a lyricist. The Reales earned Tony Award nominations in 2003 for their original musical score and best book of a musical.

“A Year with Frog and Toad” paved the path for children’s theatre to be performed on Broadway. The musical was first produced August 23, 2002, by the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis and opened off-Broadway at The New Victory Theater in November 2002. The production debuted on Broadway April 13, 2003, and ran for two months at the Cort Theatre.

Hanover’s staging of “A Year with Frog and Toad” marks the College’s first musical in two decades. The production, which features an all-student cast, will be presented at The Other Place, located between Donner Hall and Ide Hall. Gabriel Vanover, assistant professor of theatre, serves as director and choreographer. Cathy Ryan is the production’s music director and Christian Bowyer is technical director.

The April 8-9 performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The April 10 presentation will start at 2 p.m.

General admission tickets are free and available in advance. Reservations of tickets are required due to limited seating in the venue. Tickets may be printed or scanned upon entry from a barcode on a mobile device.

In addition to the public performances, the Hanover College Theatre is also staging a series of free daytime shows for area elementary students. The sold-out children’s performances are scheduled for April 6-8.