We love the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel. And we love the Chicago Children's Theatre. So we really, really loved A Year with Frog and Toad presented by the Chicago Children's Theatre.
This show manages to capture the personalities of these beloved animal characters on their adventures through all four seasons. Readers of the Frog and Toad series will recognize familiar story lines woven throughout the hour-long performance. Those who are new to the tales of frog and toad will be charmed by the antics of grumpy Toad and his loyal and steadfast friend Frog.
Highlights include several lively musical numbers and creative staging. The snail charged with delivering a letter from Frog to Toad really steals the show with his solos. The four-piece band is tucked away in the balcony but even unseen, they set a lovely tone and feel for the production. The costumes are clever. Toad's fears about looking funny in his bathing suit make for a delightfully fun scene.
All three of my kiddos (ages 9, 7 and 4) adored this show. I did too.
If you are thinking about taking your kids to see it, I encourage you to hop to it and purchase your tickets. There wasn't a single open seat when we saw the show last Sunday. Performances run through November 24, 2013 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn). For an additional fee, you can upgrade to the on-stage "lily pad seats" to get up close and personal with the performers.
To purchase tickets, visit the website or call (872) 222-9555.
Note that the November 1, 2013 performance is Autism-Friendly and all seats are reserved for families with kids on the autism spectrum.
Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets to see the show so I could review it on my blog.