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‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ winding down

The fun-for-all-ages musical “A Year with Frog and Toad,” playing now at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, is entering its final weekend run.

Patrons are urged to experience this wonderful show while tickets are still available, and before it’s too late.

The show, which is a fast-paced whimsical chronology of two best friends, Frog and Toad, has delighted Pagosa audiences throughout August. Frog and Toad, two characters created by children’s author Arnold Lobel, have been brought to life by Willie and Robert Reale. Kids are sure to love the positive, uplifting adventures in which Frog and Toad find themselves, and adults will be amazed by the wonderful music and touching humor found throughout the show.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-SHOW. Ticket discounts are available: for parties of 10 or more, there is a special $7 discount, while individual ticket discounts of $5 can also be applied by using the promo code “TOAD” at the time of purchase.

“A Year with Frog and Toad” holds a special place in the heart of Thingamajig Theatre Company’s artistic director, Tim Moore.

“We wanted to have our first musical be something different from the standards that everyone already knows,” said Moore. “Not that there’s anything inherently bad with the classics, but we wanted to expose audiences to a new, engaging musical that is as enjoyable as shows they might already be familiar with.”

And the show certainly is enjoyable. The music walks that perfect tightrope of being memorable without being annoying, and the aesthetic features — the lighting, set and costumes — are remarkable. Although the dialogue is written in a very simplistic fashion in the style of (and sometimes taken directly from) the children’s books, it adds a touch of nostalgia to the show, and allows for the relationships created within to be pure and unadulterated. Frog and Toad are best friends. But not best friends in the way that adults think of friendship — they are best friends in that magical way that only children are best friends. All of these building blocks lead to a highly entertaining work of art that guarantees smiles from all in the audience.

Perhaps Leanne Goebel said it best in her review of the show for The Durango Herald: “This production is for everyone. It’s family friendly, but don’t dismiss it because you think it my be child-focused. It’s not. The music is nostalgic, the harmonies are delightful and the show provides an evening of childlike joy.” Simply put, there is nothing to dislike in the show.

The Thingamajig Theatre’s production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” plays through August at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

For more information and to reserve tickets, call the center at 731-SHOW or visit online at www.pagosacenter.org.

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