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A Year with Frog and Toad

An Ode to Friendship   Reviewed by Mary Alderson We live in a rather nasty world where people are often rude, disrespectful and ill-tempered. We could all take lessons in kindness and courtesy from Frog and Toad. And we’d be fortunate if that led to a friendship like theirs. A Year with Frog and Toad is now playing at Port Hope’s Capitol Theatre until June 2. This sweet musical, based on the children’s story books, takes place over 525,600 minutes – but the fact that it encompasses a year is the only similarity to Rent. We see the four seasons go by as we follow the lives of Frog and Toad, and their various friends and neighbours. (In actual fact, the show runs just over an hour, perfect for a children’s show.) The show is a series of vignettes, as they go through the year – little stories with cute and funny songs which keep the show lively. It’s one of those children’s shows that can also keep adults entertained, which is exactly what every grandparent wants. We took our four-year-old granddaughter, Hazel, with us, and although she was young and probably didn’t get all the nuances of the friendship, she was certainly delighted by the action, singing and dancing. The Capitol’s recent event at the Port Hope Library introduced her to the show, which certainly helped with her enjoyment of it. She remembered the cookie song when it came up in the show from learning it at the library. I think six- to ten-year-olds might enjoy the plot the most. But it’s still fun for everyone. The stage is completely covered with amazing greenery in a swampy forest; Toad’s home on the left and Frog’s home on the right. The two are waking up from a long winter’s nap and ...
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Tweed and Company announces 2024 Season

At Three Venues: the Bancroft Village Playhouse, the Marble Arts Centre, and the Tweed Outdoor Stage. The main stage season’s theatrical performances will kick off in June, starting with the Ontario premier of DEAR RITA. A musical celebration of Cape Breton’s iconic songstress and storyteller Rita MacNeil, audiences will be transported through her music and encouraged to embrace their own authenticity. Once the best-selling country artist in Canada, MacNeil will be channelled through a cast of actor-musicians that’ll sing and play their way into the hearts of audience members. Created by Lindsay Kyte and Mike Ross, the show will run at the Marble Arts Centre from June 5th to 8th and at the Bancroft Village Playhouse, from June 12th to 16th, 2024. This is the first time this celebrated show will play outsideof the Maritime provinces, after premiering at the Charlottetown festival. Then, Canada’s longest running and most popular production, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES – THE MUSICAL will go up at the Bancroft Village playhouse from July 17th to 28th, 2024. It’ll be the biggest production the company has done yet, featuring local and professional talent. Based on the beloved novel by L.M. Montgomery, the show follows the spirited Anne Shirley as she navigates her new home, friends, and neighbours. With a script by Donald Harron and music by Norman Campbell, this integral piece of Canadian theatre history will be filled with laughter, love, joy, and a touch of melodrama and romance. Rounding out the summer series will be a production of epic rock-and-roll proportions. The Tony Award-nominated, Broadway sensation MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET will be hitting the stage in both Tweed and Bancroft. A co-production with DreamCo theatre, this show will be directed by Tweed & Co favourite Phil Nero (director of last year’s Joseph). Featuring some of the world’s most ...
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