Press Release - ​​​A Year with Frog and Toad


SCR Stages Revival of A Year with Frog and Toad for Young Audiences

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2015)—The ground-breaking Tony  Award-nominated musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, with book and lyrics by Willie Reale and music by Robert Reale, opens South Coast Repertory’s Theatre for Young Audiences series, Nov. 6-22, on the Julianne Argyros Stage. The musical which brought professional children’s theatre to Broadway returns to SCR for a revival directed by Nick DeGruccio. Tickets are on sale now: www.scr.org.

A Year with Frog and Toad was originally commissioned by Adrianne Lobel, theatre producer and scenic designer, to be based on all four books written by her father, Arnold Lobel. After its premiere at The Childrens Theatre Company of Minneapolis, the musical found huge success off-Broadway at the New Victory Theater and then moved on to a successful run on Broadway at the Cort Theatre.

Onstage, the Caldecott and Newbery award-winning stories come to life in wonderful ways—complete with foot-tapping music. Frog, Toad and their friends plant a garden, fly kites, swim in the pond and skip rope with a large and terrible frog. Or sometimes, they just like to settle down in a warm house by the swamp and sip a bowl of soup. This song-filled year in the life of these two charming woodland characters has captivated children, adults and critics alike.

A Year with Frog and Toad was one of our most popular productions in the Theatre for Young Audiences series when we staged it for the first time back in 2009,” said Associate Artistic Director John Glore. “This musical has the rare ability to appeal to a wide age range—including adults. We think it’s a good time to bring it back for a new generation of Orange County kids and we’re delighted that almost the entire team, including four of the five original actors, are back to do it again. This virtually promises that the new production will be every bit as good as the first.”

The cast for A Year with Frog and Toad includes Justin Michael Duval, Emily Eiden, Alex Miller, Louis Pardo and Erika Schindele.

The design and creative team includes Fred Kinney, scenic design; Soojin Lee, costume design; Karyn , lighting design; Mark Johnson, sound design; Deborah Wicks La Puma, musical director; Jackie S. Hill, production manager; Joanne DeNaut, casting; and Jennifer Ellen Butler, stage manager.

A Year with Frog and Toad is generously supported by Corporate Honorary Producer Haskell & White; the production’s media partner is OC Family magazine.

Tickets start at $21 for children ages 4-12; $26 for adults. For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.


Related Information for A Year with Frog and Toad

Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Ticket prices start at $21 for children ages 4-12; $26 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run May 22-24 and May 29. Performances run May 22-June 7.

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, Nov. 7, at 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.
  • Regular performances
    • Saturday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Nov. 15, and Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.

Location:  South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Blvd.

More information is available online: www.scr.org.

Upcoming Productions: Abundance by Beth Henley (through Nov. 15, Segerstrom Stage); A Year with Frog and Toad by Robert and Willie Reale (Theatre for Young Audiences, Nov. 6-22); A Christmas Carol adapted from Charles Dickens (Nov. 27-Dec. 27, Segerstrom Stage); The Madwoman in the Volvo by Sandra Tsing Loh (Jan. 3-24, 2016, Julianne Argyros Stage); and Red by John Logan (Jan. 22-Feb. 21, 2016, Segerstrom Stage). The 19th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival runs April 22-24, 2016. More information is available at www.scr.org.


ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org