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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

​The story

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.

trailer from the live version 

full-length puppet film

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