Mom Review: SCCT’s A Year With Frog and Toad

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Need a good laugh? We did. And we found it at South Carolina Children’s Theatre’s fantastic performance of A Year With Frog and Toad. The familiar characters from Arnold Lobel’s books come alive on stage in this musical production. You’ll find this show is full of great music, talent and it is hilarious.

Thank you to SCCT for providing two tickets so we could review this show for our readers!

About A Year With Frog and Toad

If you’ve read Arnold Lobel’s well known books about Frog and Toad, you’ll know the story in this musical production. A Year With Frog and Toad follows best friends, Frog and Toad, throughout one year. We see them greet spring, swim in the summer, rake the leaves in the fall, enjoy some snowflakes and celebrate Christmas Eve. There are lots of adventures for the two friends as they illustrate an enduring friendship.

This is a simple story, but it is so expertly crafted on the stage. Everything in this show was extremely well done. The songs were well done and funny. The choreography and dancers really brought the whole show together and the actors and actresses all really made the well known characters spring to life.

You Will Laugh at This Production

While we loved the Frog and Toad characters, my family all agreed our favorite character was the snail. He sang of his great speed in hilarious cowboy style song as he spent the majority of Frog and Toad’s year delivering a letter from Frog to Toad. His song returned throughout the production as we saw him crawl along on his long journey to Toad’s home. If you see this show, and don’t laugh at this snail, you let me know. He was hysterical. Seriously.

But there were other funny things too, lots of them. All year Toad’s clock is broken, and he’ll only tell us about 30 times. He also says he looks funny in a swimming suit, and there’s a whole song about that. Then there are the cookies. Toad has no self control when it comes to homemade cookies. Fortunately he has Frog to help box up the treats, until they realize they can just cut the string and open the box. Cookie eating recommences. I’m with you Toad. Cookies were meant to be eaten.

Who Should Attend Frog and Toad?

My daughter and I were going to attend this show by ourselves and at the last minute we decided to make it a whole family outing. I attended with my husband, 3 sons, and our daughter. Their ages range 6 to 10 year-old. My 9 and 10 year-old are not easy to please lately. But even they loved this show. I would say kids as young as 3 or 4 would enjoy the production. And grown-ups, you will too. This is really one the whole family will enjoy.

Over the years I’ve been able to see quite a number of shows from SCCT. I have to say, I think this is the best. That’s really saying something because SCCT always does a great job. But if you had to pick only one to see, this would be the one. Don’t miss it.

Want to Go?

Performances are at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre. You can catch them on the following dates:

  • March 30, 2019- 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • March 30, 2019- 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • March 31, 2019-1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • March 31, 2019- 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • April 5, 2019-7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • April 6, 2019-10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • April 6, 2019- 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • April 7, 2019- 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Get tickets to A Year With Frog and Toad.

About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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