Family Blogger Jen says “The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats is a delight.”

In mathematics, it is said that triangles are the strongest shape. And A Snowy Day is teeming with strong triangles. There are three outstanding cast members (and only three), three main sections to the stage featuring three large projection screens and the main character’s costume changes three times as the main character’s royal blue pants creep down to show his advancing age.

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The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats is a delight. It weaves four of Keats’ books (Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and The Snowy Day) into one imaginative journey using song and shadow puppets as the thread that binds it together.


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My family sat down to discuss the play at dinner that evening, and the first thing the kids noted was that the actors looked like they were having an especially good time making the play that much more enjoyable for them to watch. Being the critical thinkers that they are at ages 7 and 10, they also mentioned that they never noticed a shift between the live action and the shadow puppetry even though it transitioned several times throughout the hour-long play. They were happily along for the ride.

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While there were only three humans on stage (save for the shadow puppeteers behind the screens), the props became a shining part of the play. There was a whole scene with moody lights and choreographed moves to make the goggles part of different imaginary scenes like in an airplane, outer space, and underwater. I enjoyed the pillow snow blob that fell on Peter’s head during a snow fight.

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It really is a joy to experience the simple art of play. If you aren’t as dazzled as we were, it is certain to inspire you and the little ones in your life to bring more imagination into your playtime.

 

 

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