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Irvington's Main Street School Performs 'The Mad Adventures Of Mr. Toad'

The cast of "The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad" and theater director Deborah Ottaviano.
The cast of "The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad" and theater director Deborah Ottaviano. Photo Credit: Contributed

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Close to 30 students at Main Street School in Irvington took to the stage and brought “The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad” to life during performances May 5 - 6.

The students told the story of the eccentric but likeable Toad of Toad Hall, given to “crazes,” as they portrayed his mad adventures.

The production was directed by Deborah Ottaviano, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 15 years as the school’s theater director. The stage manager for this production was Georgia Tasigiannis-James, and Nina Rossi served as scenic designer.

According to Ottaviano, Toad is obsessed with motorcars and ends up crashing them everywhere he goes. Despite the sincere efforts of his friends Badger, Rat and Mole, Toad's madness gets the best of him, and he ends up in prison for his reckless driving. His enemies, the Weasels, plot to overtake Toad's estate as he sits in prison.

The production featured many musical numbers and hilarious events, such as when Toad dresses up as a washerwoman to escape prison.

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