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Joyful kids’ musical returns after popular demand

A Year with Frog and Toad, an enchanting children’s musical romp, returns to the National Children’s Theatre (NCT) this month, ready to entertain young audiences with its cheerful animal characters, fun storyline and positive message.

The play is based on the award-winning Broadway musical, and takes a happy, interactive journey through the seasons with a cheerful group of animal characters. The show returns by popular demand, after its run was cut short two years ago.

The story and lyrics are written by Willie Reale, and the music by Robert Reale, based on books by popular American children’s author, Arnold Lobel. The South African production is directed by Ivor Jones, and is a fun song-and-dance show suitable for children aged 3 and up.

A Year with Frog and Toad centres on two best friends – the outgoing and optimistic Frog, and the timid and cautious Toad – who go on a series of adventures over the course of a year. The show also features a fun African-summer Christmas theme, in keeping with the holiday season.

The story begins in spring time. Frog and Toad awake from their hibernation with plans to renew their friendship – starting with a swim. But Toad is anxious about being seen in a bathing suit. Will they manage to have as much fun as they used to?  

“Parents can be guaranteed their kids will have a fun interactive morning, while learning about the value of love and friendship,” says Jones. “The show is geared to keeping the children’s attention throughout. We’ve made it as visual as possible, with short snappy dialogue, lots of song-and-dance, and constant interaction. We’ve done it before, and we know the kids just love it!”

Says NCT CEO Tamara Guhrs, “We’re thrilled to be bringing back A Year with Frog and Toad. NCT did it two years ago, and it was a huge success. Unfortunately, the run was cut short due to COVID-19. Now we’re back by popular demand!”

The show was originally presented on Broadway. NCT presents the show by arrangement with DALRO.

A Year with Frog and Toad runs from 18 November 22 December at the NCT Imagination Theatre at 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown. Cost is R130 per person, and school block bookings are welcome. Shows are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the public, and at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for schools.

To book, contact Angie Litabe at angie@NCTheatreSa.org.za or call 011 484 1584 or 071 429 2570. Or book via Quicket.

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