Unlike the books, the show at Main Street Theater is alive, high energy and full of outstanding music. Songs fills the hour long show, and each time an actor starts to sing, I think I have a new favorite. But then the next actor outdoes the first, and over and over. Frog, Toad, Snail, Turtle and the Birds were fabulous and are very entertaining to watch.
I took my own kids to the weekend performance. One was a princess and one was a cowboy and we were welcomed into the casual theater. At Main Street, ballgowns, blue jeans and costumes are all okay. The only requirement is the kids are age 3 or older.
The small cast of Scott Gibbs, Zack Varela, Stephanie Dew, Scott Lupton and Beth Lazarou played a lot of parts and I'm not really sure how they changed costumes so fast. I'd blink my eyes and they would go from bird to mouse to squirrel to frog to mole and back. In fact, I'm not even sure how a person could convince the audience that they were an animal. But they did. Without wearing animal costumes. Repeatedly.
Scott Gibbs, as Frog, and Zack Varela, as Toad, may have been the best possible combination. Their friendship was funny, sweet and believable. Stephanie Dew and Beth Lazarou played many parts, including Bird, Squirrel, Mole, Mouse and Turtle, and were perfect as each one. And you really need to hear them sing.
During the show, my son kept whispering to me, "How'd they do that?". I bet these people know: Jodi Bobrovsky (Set Design), Lauren Dolk (Choreographer), David Gipson (Lighting Designer), Macy Lyne (Costume Design), Rodney Walsworth (Properties Design), Alex Worthington (Sound Design), Danielle Docwra (Production Stage Manager), Vivienne St. John (Theater for Youth Producing Director), Rebecca Greene Udden (Executive Artistic Director).
Be sure to go see A Year with Frog and Toad and get your tickets for the next shows: James and the Giant Peach and Pippi Longstocking!