JSU’s latest musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, is bound to warm hearts in the wake of Alabama’s freezing forecast.

Set in fantasized forests, protagonists Frog (LaRue Bowman) and Toad (Dillion Everett) deal with the highs and lows of their close friendship. Throughout its plot-line, the story is noted as a testament to one’s trust in others and is outlined as one of the building blocks in securing a tight-knit bond, among both families and friends.

Throughout preparation for the play, colorful designs utilized for costumes and props have been created to compliment the musical’s imaginative theme.

Humorous content is frequently emphasized by genius comedic timing from lead stars LaRue Bowman and Dillion Everett. Further humor is breathed into the show thanks in part to synchronized dancing and lone interpretive dancing; both of which are sure to be a laughable experience for the audience.

The mood of this musical-play is also sure to give JSU audience members a sense of nostalgia. Various musical numbers, such as “Getta Loada Toad (Look Funny in a Bathing Suit),” along-side vivid storytelling, are sure to stimulate memories of late 90’s/ early 2000’s Disney favorites like Bear in the Big Blue House, Gullah Gullah Island and Out of the Box.

Further reminiscent throwback may come from the play’s origination. Derived from the 1970’s children’s book Frog and Toad, brothers Robert and Willie Reale created this musical-play adaptation of the work and would go on to premiere their influential masterpiece as early as 2002 throughout Broadway.

Crew members have been working extensively on the project for weeks, dating back to the beginning of 2015; but end results are sure to reel in rave reviews.

Already, crew members such as Ebony Antoine have heavily praised the show’s musical numbers as irresistibly catchy. Additionally, Professor Randy Blades, instructor and head of the Department of Drama at Stone Center, commended the storyline as being “cute.”

A tale filled with immense laughter and enchanted wonderment, A Year with Frog and Toad is without a doubt a family-oriented experience that those with children do not want to miss.

Performances for the show begin promptly at 7 p.m. from February 19 and will continue until March 1st.

Jefferson Varner IV
Staff Writer

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