For parents who want to introduce their children to theatre—and offer on-stage teachable moments on friendship and problem-solving—the Savannah Children’s Theatre adult production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” should deliver.
“It’s sweet. It’s heartwarming. It’s about friendship and dealing with your feelings,” says Laura Wild, spokeswoman for the Savannah Children’s Theatre.
The play is based off the beloved book series by Arnold Lobel and was performed on Broadway and in London’s West End.
Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for seniors, military and children up to age 18. The show is offered two weekends on both Saturday and Sunday at Savannah Children's Theatre at 2160 E Victory Drive.
The production lasts about 60 minutes. The dialogue is steady with high energy, and there’s a lot to look at, which makes for the perfect first stage performance for a child to watch, according to Wild.
Also, there’s not a lot of space in between exciting things, she says.
In “A Year with Frog & Toad,” six adults take on multiple roles—there’s a bird who shows up as a turtle, and Wild herself plays a snail—to tell a story of friendship.
The Savannah Children’s Theatre started its Grownups on Stage series last year with “Cat in the Hat.” It was so successful nearly all the shows sold out.
One of Wild’s favorite parts of this play is a silly song where Frog and Toad want to go swimming, but Toad feels uncomfortable being seen in his bathing suit.
Frog tells Toad that he really does look funny, and Toad concludes, “I know.”
It’s a really big dance number and “just super silly,” Wild says.
But the heartwarming story can also help children learn about how to deal with their feelings.
“You can think creatively to solve your problems,” Wild says.
They’ll see people on stage resolve difficulties, and see that sometimes friends aren’t always happy with one another.
“But one thing that will never change is that Frog and Toad will always be good friends,” Wild says.