At 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, the Thingamajig Theatre Company presents “A Year With Frog and Toad” at the Breaks Black Box Theatre located in the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
This family musical follows their highly successful production of “Sylvia” and is the company’s fourth show produced since their inception in April 2011.
The show, an amphibious creature sitting halfway between children’s musical and adult comedy, is an engaging balance of sincerity and sophistication (with touches of sentimentality inevitably popping up between the two). “A Year with Frog and Toad,” which is based on the beloved books by Arnold Lobel, is likely to delight children and draw smiles from adults — the musical features an exuberant cast and a jazzy, ably-performed score by Robert Reale and Willie Reale (who also wrote the show’s book) that is almost defiantly throwback.
Frog and Toad live in two neighboring cottages in—where else? — a marsh. The two are a sort of semi-aquatic Odd Couple, but the brown-clad Toad (Tim Moore) manages to be both Oscar and Felix—ornery, cynical and twitchily neurotic. Frog (Robin Hebert), on the other hand, is a good-natured green idealist. Of course the two, despite their conflicts, are affectionate and loyal pals.
Throughout the year, Frog and Toad encounter a series of minor existential crises — Toad’s humiliation at “looking funny in a bathing suit,” their mutual shame over having devoured too many cookies before lunch and Toad’s frustration at finding his mailbox forever empty. It’s the latter plot thread that dominates the show, as the letter is literally delivered by snail mail. Snail (Ami Harbison), along with a chic trio of birds, a mocking turtle, a sassy mouse and others animals, provide Harbison, Brooke Hampton and Anna Hershey with the opportunity to create a memorable chorus of critters.
“A Year with Frog and Toad” is a clever show with earnestness and whimsy that will leave the audience wanting more adventures. With its musical comedy zip and endearingly mismatched soulmates, “A Year with Frog and Toad” is certainly time well-spent for the entire family.
“A Year With Frog and Toad” runs Aug. 5-28. Show times are Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.. A special Champagne and Sparkling Cider Opening is being held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 5 and is priced at $35 for adults $25 for kids 17 and under. All other shows are priced at $25 for adults and $15 for kids 17 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org, by phone at 731.SHOW or at the box office located at 2313 Eagle Drive. Tickets are available at the door, but reservations are highly recommended. Group rates (10 or more) are available and provide a total discount of $7 per ticket when making prior reservations by phone or 24 hours before the performance at the box office.
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