Ambitious Amphibian Musical Hops to Springer’s McClure Stage

Oct 3, 2014

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Scooter MacMillan, marketing director
Springer Opera House


Ambitious Amphibian Musical Hops to Springer’s McClure Stage


Columbus, GA--10.3.2014:  A Broadway musical for the younger set opens at the McClure Theatre at the Springer at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

“A Year with Frog and Toad” is a musical adaptation of the popular “Frog and Toad” children’s stories that was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Four books were written about a frog and toad by Arnold Lobel, the second of which, “Frog and Toad Together,” was named a Newberry Honor book. Lobel illustrated nearly 100 children’s books and wrote the stories for many of them. He won the Caldecott Medal for a collection of animal tales called “Fables.”

The musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” was nominated in 2003 for Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score. The music is a jazzy 1930s style, which appeals to children of all ages and adults of adult ages.

Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons, singing and dancing along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences which make them unique and special. “A Year with Frog and Toad” is an exuberant musical story of amphibian friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

“We’re really proud about tackling ‘A Year with Frog and Toad,’” said Springer Theatre Academy director, Ron Anderson. “It has more music than any other show that the Springer Theatre for Young People has ever produced. And it’s the first production that has been presented in the round in our new McClure Theatre.”
Being in the round means the stage is in the middle and the audience sits around it. The McClure Theatre is entered from behind the Springer on 1st Avenue, right next to Foley Hall.

In addition to lots of performances for school and homeschooled groups, “A Year with Frog and Toad” will have public performances at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays (Oct. 10, 11, 17 and 18) and at 2 p.m., Sundays (Oct. 12 and 19).


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