Musical based on children’s books coming to Hesston College stage

A Year with Frog and Toad

Hesston College Theatre will present six performances of the whimsical Broadway hit “A Year with Frog and Toad” as the spring musical March 1 to 5, in the Keim Center Helmuth Studio Theatre on the Hesston College campus.

Showtimes are 7 p.m., March 1 to 4 and 2 p.m. matinee performances on March 4 and 5. The play is rated G and is suitable for the whole family.

“A Year with Frog and Toad” has been nominated for three TONY Awards, including Best Musical. It is based on the beloved children’s books by Arnold Lobel, and includes a score by Robert and Willie Reale. The story follows a year of fun for two friends – a cheerful and friendly Frog and the grumpy Toad – who care for each other in spite of their differences.

“While this show is geared towards kids, teens and adults will appreciate the themes of friendship, the excellent musical score, the hilarious characters and the fantastic acting, singing and dancing,” said director Rachel Jantzi.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased through the Hesston College Bookstore in person, by phone at 620-327-8104 or online. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets will be available at the door 45 minutes prior to show time and are subject to availability.

The Hesston College production is part of a lineup centered on “a season of laughter,” and stars 14 student actors. The set will include a lily pad area for children to sit on in front of the stage and be closer to the action.

Children’s artwork from the Hesston College preschool will be featured in the lobby, which Jantzi says is a fun way to include both the children on campus and the education department.