The cast of this year’s spring musical aren’t taking their jobs too seriously, and that’s okay. This spring Hesston College is performing the lighthearted “A Year With Frog and Toad,”a musical adaptation of the classic children’s booksby Arnold Lobel.
It’s whimsical, it’s fun, and it has a message that is exactly what we need right now, according to Director Rachel Jantzi.
“It’s a story about two very different creatures with contrasting types of personality that still maintain a wonderful balance of friendship,” said Jantzi. “Our society is so divided right now, so it’s been nice to see two characters, who are so different from each other and who both have different views and approaches to life, still be respectful to one another.”
The musical focuses on the adventures of friends Frog and Toad after they wake up from their winter hibernation. As they go through their days, Frog and Toad make memories, enjoy each other’s company, and learn multiple life lessons along the way.
Jaunts says the show has been a joy to put together.
“It’s just a charming musical,” she said. “It’s very unique for me because I haven’t been stressing about it at all, I’m laughing and enjoying all the rehearsals. It’s very delightful.”
Sophomore Alex Hunter, who plays Toad, says the musical has forced him out of his comfort zone, and that’s a good thing.
“I’ve truly loved discovering the humor in the whole thing and exploring my character,” said Hunter. “I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know the whole cast. As an off-campus student, I don’t interact with everyone all the time so it’s been nice to make new friends.”
Morgan Leavy plays Frog in the upcoming production.
“We still have a lot to do; we have to piece all the numbers and scenes together,” said Morgan. “But I’m definitely looking forward to putting the whole production together with all of the cast.”