Children’s Theatre Kicks Off “A Year with Frog and Toad” This January  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte kicks off 2009 with the Tony-nominated musical “A Year with Frog and Toad”, coming to the McColl Family Theatre from January 23 - February 15. Adapted from Arnold Lobel’s classic series of children’s books with music by Robert Reale and book and lyrics by Willie Reale, the production follows odd-couple best friends Frog and Toad through four fun-filled seasons.  

Charming Frog and anxious Toad emerge from hibernation excited to begin a year of planting gardens, flying kites, eating cookies and racing sleds. Each anecdote comes to life with jazzy, heart-warming songs that explore the challenges, rewards and tenderness of friendship. “A Year with Frog and Toad” celebrates the joy of having a very best friend with freshness, humor and a winning simplicity that is suitable for all ages.  

Arnold Lobel’s daughter, internationally acclaimed scenic designer Adrienne Lobel, co-produced the original production of “A Year with Frog and Toad”, which premiered at the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis in 2002 before traveling to Broadway. “A Year with Frog and Toad” was nominated for three Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, putting it in the company of acclaimed family musicals like “The Sound of Music” and “The Lion King”.  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s production is directed by Ron Chisholm, who choreographed season opener “Peter Pan”. The six-person cast of professional actors includes Children’s Theatre Core Artist Mark Sutton as Frog and Robbie Jaeger as Toad, as well as Caroline Bower, Nic Bryan, Nicia Carla and Susan Gundersheim.  

Thanks to Target, the exclusive corporate sponsor of “A Year with Frog and Toad”, a buy one, get one free offer is available for tickets to all Friday night showtimes. These performances are generously supported as part of the Target Family Time Series.  

Performance times and dates are:  

Friday, Jan. 23                               7:30 pm *Target* performance

Saturday, Jan. 24                           11:00 am

Saturday, Jan. 24                           3:00 pm

Sunday, Jan. 25                             2:00 pm

Friday, Jan. 30                               7:30 pm *Target* performance

Saturday, Jan. 31                           3:00 pm

Sunday, Feb. 1                              2:00 pm

Friday, Feb. 6                                7:30 pm *Target* performance

Saturday, Feb. 7                            1:00 pm

Sunday, Feb. 8                              2:00 pm

Friday, Feb. 13                               7:30 pm *Target* performance

Saturday, Feb. 14                           11:00 am *Signed*

Sunday, Feb. 15                             2:00 pm  

Performances will be held in the McColl Family Theatre at ImaginOn, 300 East 7th Street .  Front Orchestra tickets are $24.00; General Admission tickets are $18.00. For tickets to the productions, call the Children’s Theatre Box Office at 704-973-2828 (10 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.) or visit our website:  Recommended for ages 3 and up and grades PreK and up.  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is supported, in part, with an Operating Grant from the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc., ArtsTeach, and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Time Warner Cable: the 2008-09 Media Sponsor of Children's Theatre of Charlotte

US Airways: the 2008-09 Official Airline of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

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