Tampa, Fla. – Patel Conservatory Theater presents A Year with Frog and Toad, performed for children by children Nov. 6-9, in the TECO Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
This whimsical musical follows the woodland adventures of two amphibious friends, a perky Frog and a worrywart Toad. Along with their assorted colorful hopping, crawling and flying companions, the story traverses a year of four fun-filled seasons as Frog and Toad deepen their life-long friendship.
Written by brothers Robert and Willie Reale, the musical A Year with Frog and Toad is based on the beloved children’s stories written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. The musical was performed on Broadway in 2003 and was nominated for Tony Awards® in the categories of Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The Patel Conservatory version will feature 17 youngsters in grades five through eight from throughout the Tampa Bay area.
A Year with Frog and Toad is a two-act show directed by Matthew Belopavlovich and choreographed by Susan Downey with musical direction by Aaron Cassette and Kavan Gillespie, costumes by Amy Leavitt and lighting design by Brian D. Frey.
Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. Regularly priced tickets to A Year with Frog and Toad are $20 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org.
More information is available by calling 813.222.1002 and at www.patelconservatory.org. The fully accredited Patel Conservatory is celebrating its 10th year of comprehensive art education, offering classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. Each year, the Patel Conservatory enriches the lives of more than 50,000 students in classrooms, on stages and through outreach programs.
Events, days, dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice.
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The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its programs are funded in part by the City of Tampa; the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; the Tourist Development Council/Hillsborough County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.