Episode 4: Nate Waite. In this episode, host PJ Caywood sits down with actor Nate Waite to discuss his role as Toad in "A Year with Frog and Toad".
Ellen Fagg Weist | December 12, 2014 | Salt Lake Tribune
About halfway through a school matinee of Salt Lake Acting Company's "A Year With Frog and Toad," a first-grader in the audience let the cast know he had figured out what live theater was all about.
"Hey. You were the monster," he yelled to actor Terry Lee McGriff, who, after a quick costume change, had made his stage entrance as a bird.
The immediacy of that audience reaction explains everything about the professional theater company's enthusiasm for its annual children's musical, now in its sixth year. In addition to evening and weekend performances, the actors perform eight matinees for Title I elementary schools in the Salt Lake City and Granite districts. Those performances reach some 1,400 students, many of whom haven't attended a stage show before.
Danny Bowes | December 10, 2014 | City Weekly
It is tempting—particularly among the childless—to hold children to a higher standard of conduct than their capabilities permit. This thought was inspired—at a matinee performance of Salt Lake Acting Company's sixth annual children's play A Year With Frog & Toad—by the arrival some way into the performance of a child who proceeded to make constant and loud comment on the proceedings, and who was then given a cell phone to play with for the remainder of the show. All of this, naturally, in the front row, some five feet away from any downstage action, because why not?
A Utah Mom's Life | December 9, 2014
Last weekend I announced to my family that we we would be going to see A Year with Frog and Toad by the Salt Lake Acting Company. My kids were not excited to go. Rand was not excited to go. Even though they whined and moaned, I gave them no option. They piled in the car and we headed to Salt Lake. I adore the Frog and Toad children's books by Arnold Lobel but the text is subtle and low key and I had no idea how it would translate on the stage.
As soon as we arrived, I was impressed. The neighborhood is charming and the theater is inviting. Every seat is a good seat. We found our seats and settled in. The crew was friendly and knew that their audience was full of children.
Susie Q | December 11, 2014 | The White House Blog
Last Saturday afternoon my son and I had the opportunity to go and see "A Year With Frog and Toad", by The Salt Lake Acting Company. I was really excited to be able to go and do something like this with him. It was his first musical/play experience and I think he really enjoyed himself.
Emily Hill | December 8, 2014 | Is This Really My Life?
Our family saw the most enchanting children's play Friday night. It was pure joy from beginning to end—or spring to spring, depending on how you look at it. If you're a fan of the Frog & Toad books by Arnold Lobel, you simply must see Salt Lake Acting Company's production of the Tony-nominated musical A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD.
Episode 3: Jenessa Bowen. PJ Caywood, the daughter of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD director Penny Caywood, hosts her own interview series called "A Cup of OJ with PJ". In this episode, PJ chats with actress Jenessa Bowen about her many roles in the show.
Episode 2: Amelia Rose Moore. In this episode, host PJ Caywood sits down with actress Amelia Rose Moore to discuss "A Year with Frog and Toad".
Episode 1: Logan Tarantino. PJ Caywood, the daughter of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD director Penny Caywood, hosts her own interview series called "A Cup of OJ with PJ". In this episode, PJ chats with actor Logan Tarantino about his role as Frog in the upcoming production.
A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD runs at Salt Lake Acting Company from December 5- 27. Go to www.saltlakeactingcompany.org for tickets or call our box office at 801-363-7522.
Blair Howell | December 8, 2014 | Deseret News
"I cannot think of any work that could be more agreeable and fun than making books for children," said author Arnold Lobel.
Borrowing his thoughts, I can think of few activities more agreeable and fun than taking a child to Salt Lake Acting Company's production of the musical adapted from Lobel's book series. "A Year with Frog and Toad" is fanciful and expertly staged — a genuine joy for young theatergoers and their parents.