Friendships can help us overcome everything. That’s the message of A Year With Frog and Toad, the musical based on the stories of Arnold Lobel. Director Andrew Ruthven takes audiences on a vaudevillian escape of song and dance as he tells the story of a frog and a toad who spend a year living life in the woods helping each other out. Scott Gibbs plays the upbeat Frog, always ready to step in and try to cheer everyone up. “There is definitely something to be learned from his outlook on the world and how he treats every day like the first day of spring,” Gibbs said via email. Matching him in comedic tit for tat is Zack Valera, who plays the grumpier and more reserved Toad. “I think that he, like a lot of us, tends to let the little things get to him, like failure, patience and fitting in,” said Valera. “Myself, as an adult, I still have the same issues. That is why we all need friends like Frog. Frog helps Toad see that there is a little happiness in everything.” The two overcome obstacles such as being afraid to be seen in their bathing suits and worrying over the sadness of never getting mail. Kids will delight in the toe-tapping score and love the easy way Gibbs and Valera play off each other.
1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays. Through April 5. Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose. For information, call 713-524-6706 or visit mainstreettheater.com. $13 to $17.
Fridays, Saturdays, 1 & 4 p.m. Starts: March 1. Continues through April 5, 2014