In late January, Wild Swan Theater is bringing the finest professional theater to families with Frog and Toad, a charming production especially created for younger theater goers. Based on Arnold Lobel’s wonderful stories by the same name, Frog and Toad will captivate children from ages 3 to 8. Through storytelling, puppets, and props, the play explores the adventures of these two very dear characters and their great friendship.
Parents who have had a chance to read these much loved stories with their children will recognize some of the dramatized episodes, including Toad’s efforts to hurry along the flowers in his garden by speaking poetry to his seeds or the difficulties Frog and Toad face trying not to eat ALL the delicious cookies Toad has baked. The humor and compassion of these stories will delight and touch parents and their preschool or early elementary school-aged children. My preschool-age boys and I have enjoyed many of the short stories of Frog and Toad…and if you like these stories, I recommend Little Bear books too!
Wild Swan Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors Hilary Cohen and Sandy Ryder portray Frog and Toad. Other characters are created by Jeremy Salvatori, with whimsical puppets, such as the robin who laughs at Toad’s kite and tells him it will not fly, and the turtle who carries Toad and his picnic basket across the river.
Integrating American Sign Language into its productions since 1986, Wild Swan has received critical acclaim for its outstanding interpreters and the way they are woven completely into every performance. Erin Parrish will be providing American Sign Language interpretation for all four performances of Frog and Toad. The wonderful scenery and backdrops include sweet little houses for Frog and Toad, complete with picket fences and a swinging gate in between.
The Saturday, January 27th performance will be followed by a brief “Meet a Real Frog and Toad” experience provided by the Leslie Science & Nature Center. LSNC staff are passionate about the natural world and experts in how wild things live, grow, adapt, and survive. There will also be a related craft activity for young theatergoers.
Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to producing professional children’s theater of the highest artistic quality and to making that theater accessible to all families through low ticket prices and innovative outreach programs. For more information about the company, its current season, touring programs and drama classes and camps, visit the Wild Swan website at www.wildswantheater.org. For interviews, contact Michelle Trame Lanzi at (734) 995-0530.
Performance Dates and Times:
Thursday, January 25, 10:00 am
Friday, January 26, 10:00 am and 12:30 pm
Saturday, January 27, 11:00 am
* The performances tend to FILL up quickly, with large school groups. Therefore, don’t wait to purchase your tickets by calling (734) 995 – 0530 or by visiting www.wildswantheater.org.
* Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for youth and seniors. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more; $3 lap passes available for patrons under 2 years of age (even 3 year olds tend to sit on the parent’s lap).
All performances take place at Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College. There is a large parking lot, next to a covered walkway. The bathrooms are clean and located right outside of the auditorium.
You can plan to bring some small snacks in to the auditorium. The performance is about 45 minutes in length, and typically includes audience participation (i.e. a coloring activity or learning hand motions to go along with the play). All seats have a clear view of the stage and the performers.