original trailer from the puppet film
Score: Jack Dauner
Libretto: Kristin Hurst
Story concept: Jack Dauner and Kristin Hurst
Puppets for puppet version: Kristin Hurst
Puppet performance: Kristin Hurst and Jack Dauner
Costumes and direction for live production: Kristin Hurst
Pianist, conductor for live version: Jack Dauner
TOADETTE the frog opera
Prince Ribit, a frog, falls madly in love with Toadette, a toad. Their families forbid their union, in accordance with Nature’s law: A frog must love a frog, and a toad must love a toad. Snatched away by a dangerous airborne predator, Prince Ribit falls prey to a trap of deception and grief, as Toadette awaits his return in despair — until death do them part… or unite.
Toadette the Frog Opera is a one-hour journey to a fantastical amphibian world full of unforgettable characters, where cold blood runs hot.
Toadette’s enchanting score combines romantic-style music with folk elements and a touch of musical theatre to create a dream-like world for these love-stricken amphibians.
Originally released as a puppet film, Toadette has gone on to be performed as live opera, debuting in London in 2022.