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The amphibians are coming! The amphibians are coming!
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The amphibians are coming! The amphibians are coming!

December 13, 2013 | 11:17 AM

With so many cultural events this time of year, it is difficult to choose a production that will suit the entire family. In my opinion the choice is simple:

Step out of the cold and into the swamp for A Year With Frog and Toad presented by The Actor's Theatre of Indiana.

The show opens tonight and runs through Sunday, December 22nd at The Studio Theater at Carmel's Center for the Performing Arts. (Be sure to enter the discount code FTINDY when you order your tickets.)

The stage adaptation of this classic book series is simply irresistible. The scenery is clever, the costuming is inventive (think rolled up fleece blanket strapped onto the back of Mr. Snail), and the casting is brilliant. Don Farrell expertly portrays the grumpy and typically late Toad while Bradley Reynolds is convincing as the happy-go-lucky, tidy and optimistic Frog. Adults in the audience will feel as if they are viewing an amphibian version of The Odd Couple. (Perhaps this is because Farrell and Reynolds performed the lead roles in ATI's The Odd Couple just last month.)

Patrons will learn a great deal about production and staging while enjoying the show. The 200 seat Studio Theater's black box format exposes the sound board, musicians and lighting technicians. The actors accomplish the majority of scenery changes and make several entrances and exits through the audience as well.

I'd like to give a shout of appreciation to Director Judy Fitzgerald. Thank you for assembling such a talented cast and for bringing this timeless tale of friendship, trust and forgiveness to our community. My family plans to make A Year With Frog and Toad a holiday tradition.

Bravo!

-Wendy S.


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