Nearly every child has read The Snowy Day just as every modern parent has probably read the book as a child. There is a reason The Snowy Day has stood the test of time.
Although The Snowy Day was groundbreaking when it was published because it featured a black child as a main character for the first time and is worth reading for this reason alone. However, that is not why The Snowy Day has remained a beloved story for over fifty years.
Rather, it is The Snowy Day’s simplicity and simple story of a boy enjoying snow, and despair at realizing that snow melts, then joyously realizing there is more snow that makes the story so relatable to all children. Adventure Theatre-MTC magically brings the story off the page and onto the stage by staying true to the story while adding several elements that make the story engaging for a live audience, such as short gospel-inspired songs, projecting images onto a larger-then-life storybook, and incorporating interactive elements like a snowball fight that some audience members get to participate in and “real” snow falling from the ceiling.
The performance also includes adaptations of three other Keats books, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and A Letter to Amy/ Even if you have not read all, or even any, of these books you will find a lot to love about the play’s intersecting stories.
Whistle for Willie tells the story of how Peter learns to whistle for his beloved dog Willie, played by an adorable puppet. In Goggles!, one of my favorite books, Peter and his friend explore everything they can become using a pair of goggles they find by chance during a game of hide-and-seek.
In A Letter to Amy! Peter overcomes his fear of possible ridicule and braves the elements to mail his friend Amy an invitation to his birthday party with guy pals who don’t usually include girls.
Each story is approximately 15 minutes, giving the play a nice pace that will hold the attention of most children, even those with shorter attention spans. The shows are woven together so well that my five year old came away saying that the play was about Peter’s adventures.
My is very familiar with The Snowy Day but less familiar with the other books. It was fun to watch him early then anticipate the events in The Snowy Day and then show surprise as events in the other stories unfolded. Sit in the middle front for throwing snowballs, the middle towards the back to experience the “snow.”
The Snowy Day and Other Stories is a wonderful play to experience with your children, full of both nostalgia and feelings that any child can relate to on any given day.
Good to Know:
- Tickets to The Snowy Day are going fast so act now to get your choice of dates.
- The Snowy Day runs through April 1 st .
- The Snowy Day runs approximately 50 minutes, making it manageable for families that include young children. There is no intermission.
- Tickets are $20.50 for everyone one and up.
- Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 301-634-2270.
- There is plenty of free parking at Glen Echo, but be sure to allot five to ten minutes to walk from the parking lot to the theatre, which is located at the far end of the park.
- The path from the parking lot to the theater is completely flat and stroller-friendly. There is a designated stroller parking outside of the theater.
- The theatre has general admission seating, but with only seven rows arranged in a semi-circle around the stage there are no bad seats in the house.
- The Snowy Day is recommended for all ages.
- Adventure Theatre is located in Glen Echo Park. On a nice day be sure to take advantage of Glen Echo’s playground. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, grab a snack, coffee or lunch at the on-site location of Praline in the park. The carousel is closed for renovation.