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A Year With Frog and Toad (2007)

a Musical
CATEGORY :
by Book & Lyrics by Willie Reale; Music by Robert Reale

COMPANY : Synchronicity Performance Group [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
ID# 2628

SHOWING : December 07, 2007 - December 30, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Frog and Toad and all their Woodland Friends again descend on the King Plow Art Center as Synchronicity once more brings its Suzi-Award winning musical, "A Year With Frog and Toad," to your holiday viewing Must-See list. It's all about Friendship and Cookies and Friendship and Cookies. Enjoy!


CAST & CREW LIST
The Guy that Plays the Vajaja Alex Riviere
Cast John
The Dick Rahshee
The Man with A Hairy Chest Joshua Adrian
The Moralesseter Jerry Bilbo
The Fat Ugly Woman Amanda Quinones
Frog Jessie S.
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REVIEWS

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Another Year, Another Toad
by Dedalus
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
4.0
Hi and Merry Christmas. I’m Julia Rudy and I’m seven this year and my Daddy took me to see “A Year with Frog and Toad” again, even though he made me stand at the door and take tickets while he sold cookies to all the kids who came to see it too. This was my most favorite play from last year, and I got the CD for Christmas last year and I listened to it so often my Mommy makes funny rolly eye faces when I play it again, even though I don’t play it as often as I play Hannah Montana and “High School Musical” and “Legally Blonde”. This year there was a different Toad who wasn’t brown and funny like last year’s toad, even though I liked this year’s too who was as good a friend to Frog as last year and I like seeing best friends because I have so many best friends like Grace and Aubrey and Mia and Morgan and the other Morgan from Daddy’s office and Mommy and Daddy and Miss Janelle and Miss Rachel who is really Aubrey’s Mommy and Miss Brandallyn who watches me when I go to the play that Mommy directed. I also like it when the birdies sing about Frog and Toad’s kite and when the mean squirrels mess up the leaves and when the snail sings about coming out of his shell and when Daddy holds me in his lap and bounces along with the music and I don’t like it when they throw cookies into the audience because we sit so far back I never get any. My favorite is the kite song. When we saw it, there were lots of kids there who I think also liked it, but not as good as I did, because it’s my favorite, and because Daddy said he was proud of me because I did my ticket-taking job just right and because I can say Hippopotomonstrosesqipedaliaphobia and because I know it means being afraid of long words. Even Mommy can’t say that. Even though she’s my favorite Mommy even when she makes funny rolly eye faces when I play the “Frog and Toad” songs again. I hope you all like “Frog and Toad” as much as I do.

-- Julia Rudy (Email Address Deleted by Overly Protective Daddy)

(Daddy’s note – It is a bit unfair comparing Toads – Shawn Knight does a fine job this year. But, like Julia, I couldn’t help missing Spencer Stephens who is forever embedded in my mind as the “Perfect Toad.” Also, this year, I want to praise the ensemble work of Drew Archer, Linsey Lamb Archer, and Denise Arribas as the birds and other critters who play with Frog and Toad. Their voices blend nicely, and their distinctive characterizations are an asset to the production. That being said, I’m afraid Mr. Archer’s solo work as Snail was slightly diminished by his weak belt voice, but not enough to hurt the show (or the song) at all (it is a small venue, after all). Bryan Mercer does his usual wonderful job as Frog and Musical Director, and, like Julia said, the kids had a great time. If I wasn’t terribly deceived, their parents seemed to have a good time, too.)

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)

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