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Karl Hamilton of Elmhurst stars as Frog in the Chicago Children’s Theatre production of "A Year with Frog and Toad." Playing Toad is Mark David Kaplan, who returns to Chicago after completing his second national tour as Zazu the hornbill in "The Lion King." (Photo provided)

Karl Hamilton of Elmhurst stars as Frog in the Chicago Children’s Theatre production of "A Year with Frog and Toad."

The Tony-nominated musical is based on the "Frog and Toad" books by Arnold Lobel, and is directed by the acclaimed Henry Godinez. Performances run through Nov. 24, at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. To purchase tickets, visit or call 872-222-9555.
Hamilton, making his CCT debut as Frog, most recently appeared in "Disney’s The Jungle Book" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He also played Captain for six years in the holiday musical "The Christmas Schooner."

“After seven years and 20 productions, Chicago Children’s Theatre is so excited to kick off 'Season 8: Grow' with a new production of one of the shows we’ve always had the most requests to bring back – our inaugural smash hit, 'A Year with Frog and Toad,'” said CCT Artistic Director and co-founder Jacqueline Russell. “We can’t wait to re-introduce the world of 'Frog and Toad' to a whole new generation of … kids, and see how our original director, Henry Godinez, a resident artist at the Goodman, re-envisions this wonderful musical with a new cast, set, costumes and live band, all at our home at the Ruth Page.”
Lobel’s well-loved animal characters hop from the page to the stage in the popular family musical that follows two best friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four, fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons, celebrating and rejoicing in the differences that make them unique and special along the way. Kid-captivating musical numbers include “Cookies,” “Getta Loada Toad,” “I’m Coming Out of My Shell” and “Merry Almost Christmas.” The show is described as "part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm," as it tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.
Tickets cost $25 for children and adults on Friday nights. Weekend shows are $28 for children, $38 for adults. For an additional $5, families can upgrade to new On-Stage Lilypad Seats, which are naturally integrated on both sides of the show's woodland for a fully interactive theater-going experience. 

Curtain is at 10 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Running time is about 75 minutes with no intermission. "A Year with Frog and Toad" is all-ages friendly, but highly recommended for ages 4 and up.