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Oregon Children's Theatre's production of 'Frog and Toad' opens May 11

Best friends Frog and Toad have been delighting young readers for more than 25 years. Outgoing and optimistic, Frog brings out the best in the reserved and cautious Toad.

Oregon Children’s Theatre’s production of “A Year With Frog and Toad” follows the friends as they adventure through the seasons: speeding down snowy hills on sleds, planting springtime flowers, splashing in summer swimming holes and piling up autumn leaves. Frog and Toad are the song and dance men of their own vaudeville-style variety show, and each season is a new act with singing, dancing, juggling and plate spinning.

The production has music by Robert Reale and book and lyrics by Willie Reale. The play is based on the books by Arnold Lobel. The cast features Joshua Stenseth as Frog and James Sharinghousen as Toad. Multiple roles are played by Eric Little, Gracie Jacobson, Rebecca Teran, Hannah Wilson and Haley Ward.

The creative team includes Dani Baldwin as director, along with Tal Sanders, scenic design; Sarah Grahagan, costume design; Kimberly J. Scott, lighting design; Em Gustason, sound design; Jeffrey Childs, music director; Sarah Mishler Martins, choreographer; and Crystal Potter, props master.

See the show Saturdays at 2 or 5 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway in Portland. Tickets are $18 to $30 for adults and $15 to $26 for children. Group rates are available. Purchase online at ticketmaster.org or by calling 503-228-9571.

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