Frog and Toad at Carousel Theatre tells a tale of friendship in song and dance
In a world of Halo, South Park, and Laser Tag, Frog and Toad, now playing at the Carousel Theatre on Granville Island provides respite. In their usual crowd-pleasing style, Carousel Theatre puts talented actors together on a pleasant set for an hour of singing and dancing that even grandparents will find appropriate for the under 5 crowd.
Barren of the scary and the crude, this enactment of a beloved children's book by Arnold Lobel, delights and entertains. Frog and Toad marked my third Carosel production. Horton Hears a Hoo and Robin Hood came first and featured some of the same actors.
Allan Zinyk (TOAD) will always be Horton to me, because that was the first production I saw him in. A great comic actor who knows just the right intonation to get a theatre full of children to laugh, Zinyk was just as convincing as an elephant as he was as a Friar. He hops through this production as the grumpy but lovable friend to Toad (Todd Talbot) with zeal.
The snail, played by Darren Burkett, stopped the show, I thought, demonstrating great singing and dancing and a talent that seemed about to burst against the strain of the confines of this small, successful children's story.