Derby Dinner Playhouse: A Year with Frog and Toad Review

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Last weekend I took my two little boys to Derby Dinner Playhouse to see the current Children’s Musical Theatre production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” the Musical. We have been to many of the children’s theatre shows and I must say, this one was without a doubt one of the best! I wasn’t at all sure what to expect from this show, not having known much of the storyline other than the few children’s books I had read. But, I was so pleased with the messages and the performances that by the time we left, I wanted to see it again. And the best part is that, the kids did too! 

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD is based on the best-selling children’s book written by Arnold Lobel. The book and lyrics were written by Willie Reale with music by Robert Reale. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad take us on a journey with them through all of the various seasons as they learn how to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons every step of the way. The show reflects on how these two different creatures can embrace their uniqueness and become best friends. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. Featuring a jazzy, upbeat score this enchanting musical is perfect for the whole family.

The cast did a superb job of making us feel as though we were in the presence of all sorts of exotic and interesting animals. Cary Wiger portrays the calm and ever-faithful Frog, always thinking about his friend Toad first. Bill Hanna, who portrays Toad bounces around the stage with a great enthusiasm and keeps the kids giggling! Carly Stotts and Kiersten Vorheis bring two birds, a squirrel, two moles, a turtle, and two frogs to life between the two of them, each with their own personalities! Chris Bryant also plays an array of various roles but the one that is most entertaining is the Snail! He slowly moves through the theater singing about delivering am important letter and the tune was so catchy that my 6 year old is still going around singing it! 

All public performances of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD are on Saturdays with Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and Lunch at 12:00 p.m. All performances feature a kid friendly menu as well as an adult friendly one too. You can’t beat the ticket prices for a great meal and a great show. This production is most suitable for ages 3 - 12. Public performances run March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2013. For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit