Frog and Toad are back at NCT

Frog and Toad

They’re back after a long winter hibernation! Yes, it’s time to have fun with perky Frog and worrywart Toad!

Arnold Lobel’s story takes us on a happy trip following the adventures of upbeat Frog and fusspot Toad as the two amphibians and their animal and bird friends live through the seasons.

This delightful musical weaves together the well known and well loved short stories, and we see how real friends encourage and take care of each other. They play together, tell stories and find ways to make each other happy. And we see how they deal with the challenges of daily living – waiting for seeds to grow, embarrassed at being seen in a swim suit, sending a letter by snail mail (real snail mail!)

As the year progresses, the duo fly kites, rake leaves, Frog tries to frighten Toad during a thunderstorm with a scary story and the song “Shivers.” Finally, as winter is approaching, Snail arrives to deliver the letter to Toad, proclaiming Frog’s satisfaction with their friendship – and then, all too soon, it’s time to hibernate again.

This kind of friendship – trustworthy, steadfast, and forgiving – may sound old-fashioned but Lobel’s books tell it in an engaging way: True friendship never goes out of fashion.

Directed by Ivor Jones, A Year with Frog and Toad is fun and energetic. It is an enchanting musical for the whole family. The musical score bubbles with melody and wit, upbeat jazzy and catchy songs that will replay in your mind long after you’ve left the theatre. In New York, the show broke new ground by bringing professional children’s theatre to Broadway and was nominated for several Tony Awards.

“There is much of educational value in the show,” says Moira Katz, CEO of National Children’s Theatre, “Learning about the seasons, the behaviour of frogs and toads, metamorphosis, the beauty of friendship, all at a level children can understand. And then there is the opportunity to follow up with reading the books.”

The creative team includes Musical Director: Christine Ludwig, Set and Costumes Sarah Roberts The talented cast of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD includes: Devon Flemmer (Frog), Game Bovana (Toad) Robyn Evans, Rene Setlhako and Katlego Nche sharing the roles of Bird, Snail, Lizard, Father Frog, Mole, Turtle, Squirrel, Mother Frog, Young Frog and Father Frog

When: 07 November to 23 December 2021
Time: 09:30 and 16:00 Tuesdays to Sundays

Where: National Children’s Theatre, Imagination Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg

Tours: Tours to schools can be arranged.

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For further information phone Cindy on 011 484 1584/5 or e-mail There is ample free, safe parking available within the grounds. Note Booking is essential as we sometimes tour to schools.

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Cindy Gordon
082 747 5165
National Children’s Theatre